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What's New

  • Sep 22 112th Council Meeting The 112th meeting of Council will be held on Friday, September 29, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (online). Read More
  • Sep 19 Professional Development Opportunity - Truth and Reconciliation We wanted to let you know that the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation will be hosting free webinars next week from 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm EDT. Denturists and staff are encouraged to attend these webinars to deepen their understanding of the history of the First Nations, Metis, and Inuit. Read More

Qualifying Examination Structure

The Qualifying Examination (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. 

All eligible candidates must successfully complete both parts of the Qualifying Examination 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)


Part I:  MCQ - Written Examination  

The MCQ examination is administered in two, 3 hour sessions. This is a closed book, online remote proctored examination, and consists of 240 independent multiple choice questions.  The MCQ portion of the Qualifying Examination is multi-jurisdictional - candidates will be attempting the examination simultaneously along with candidates from British Columbia and Alberta. 

The number of questions in each competency area follows the blueprint below:   

Competency Area - 240 Questions Total % of Questions
1. Clinical Practice  35%
2. Laboratory  26%
3. Professional Collaboration  13%
4. Practice Management  16%
5. Jurisprudence, Ethics and Professional Responsibilities  10%

Part II: OSCE - Clinical Examination

The OSCE is designed to assess a candidate’s application of clinical knowledge, communication and problem solving skills.  This examination consists of a series of stations through which all QE candidates rotate.  At each station, the candidate is faced with a simulated task or clinical problem and is required to perform specific functions to complete the task or address the problem. The OSCE stations can be interactive with live, standardized patients or non-interactive. 

The number of stations addressing a particular competency area follows the blueprint below:  

Competency Area Competency Weighting # of
1. Clinical Practice  31.25% 5
2. Laboratory  25% 4
3. Professional Collaboration 12.5% 2
4. Practice Management 6.25% 1
5. Jurisprudence, Ethics and Professional Responsibilities  12.5% 2
6. Communication  12.5% 2
TOTALS 100% 16


Familiarize Yourself with the OSCE:

Part II-OSCE: Qualifying Examination Orientation (Video Link)
For individuals who are unfamiliar with the OSCE examination, this video clip provides a detailed overview of the process from beginning to end.
OSCE: Sample Interactive Station (Video Link)
This video clip presents an example of a sample station that a candidate may encounter during the OSCE. It demonstrates what is expected of a candidate inside an interactive station.