National Dental Core Training (DCT) Recruitment 2022


If the following statement in the DCT3 person specification does not apply to you ('Applicants must have evidence of completion of a UK Dental Core Training Year 2 programme by time of post commencement') and you consider that you have acquired experience and/or training which should be regarded as equivalent to DCT2, you can apply for the National Certification of Dental Core Equivalence.  The DCT3 person specification states ('Applicants must have evidence of equivalence of completion of a UK Dental Core Training Year 2 programme by time of application, in the form of a National Certificate of Equivalence to Dental Core Training Year 2 Competencies').

The National Certification of Dental Core Equivalence application window closes on Monday 4th October 2021 at 4 pm.  Further information can be found here.

Recruitment to Dental Core Training (DCT) posts in the UK is through a national selection process led by Health Education England's East Midlands Office (The DCT National Recruitment Office).

Please click on the following link to view the person specifications for each level of training (DCT1, DCT2 and DCT3).

The documents available to download at the bottom of this page relate to the 2021 DCT recruitment process and are provided for information only.  When the 2022 DCT recruitment documents are available, the 2021 documents will be replaced.

All DCT recruitment queries should be directed to 


ONLY information published on this webpage, along with information published on the COPDEND, Oriel and Pearson VUE websites can be relied upon as accurate sources relating to the DCT recruitment processes.  The DCTNRO does not endorse information provided via any other source.

2022 DCT Recruitment Plan

The following recruitment plan applies to DCT1, DCT2 and DCT3 applicants.

Recruitment Activity



There will be no shortlisting process.  All applicants who attend the Situational Judgement Test (SJT) will be invited to interview.


A 2 panellist virtual interview will last 15 minutes (Scenarios to be confirmed).

Ranking and Offers

To be confirmed.

Please note that the selection process outlined above, does NOT include an assessment of applicant portfolios.


To be confirmed.

Post Preferences and Descriptions

The 2021 DCT post preferences and descriptions are available to download below.  For 2021, the information is contained within a single Excel document and there will NOT be separate post descriptions provided in addition to this.  You should be able use the filters on the spreadsheet to find the information that you are looking for.  All details are subject to change at any time (including during the post).

The DCTNRO is unable to endorse or confirm the accuracy of any of the information contained within the Excel document, as each region has responsibility for this.  Therefore, if you have any queries, please get in touch with the named contact for the post or the relevant region for further information.

Below is a map of the UK, which outlines the 12 regions.