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Qualifying Examination

The Qualifying Examination (QE) is administered by the College of Denturists (CDO). All eligible candidates must successfully complete both parts of the CDO’s entry-to-practice QE before they can become a registered Denturist in Ontario. 

The QE consists of two components:

  • Part I: a written exam consisting of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
  • Part II: an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

The QE is based upon internationally recognized testing standards and procedures.  The examination is designed to ensure that each candidate is afforded an optimal, standardized assessment and that the examination is valid, objective and defensible. 

The following documents and links contain detailed information regarding the QE and its components.  Candidates are advised to familiarize themselves with the information contained in these documents:

**Change in Qualifying Examination (QE) Blueprint for Summer 2019

In a process of continuous improvement of the College’s Qualifying Examination, the Qualifying Examination Committee adopted a motion to reduce the number of non-interactive OSCE stations in the Qualifying Examination from six to four.  The knowledge, skills and judgement assessed by these stations will now be assessed in the clinic practice and laboratory competency domains of the MCQ component of the Qualifying Examination.  This change will be in effect starting with the summer 2019 Qualifying Examination.  

An updated Qualifying Examination Blueprint reflecting these changes will be posted on the College’s website following the administration of the winter 2019 examination. 


The following may be useful resources when preparing for the QE: