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The GDP Handbook contains detailed program information:

  • Program requirements
  • Modules
  • Examinations 
  • Application forms
To obtain a copy of the handbook click here.


To view a copy of the exams and assessments timetable click here.

FRACDS(GDP)  info@racds.org

Final Examination in General Dental Practice

The Final Examination is an assessment of clinical and theoretical knowledge in an experiential context, over a broad base of general dental practice. The level of expectation is specifically set at the experienced general practitioner level and not the specialist level. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a greater breadth of knowledge about general dental practice and a greater depth of knowledge about specialist dental practice than the average general dental practitioner.

Upon successful completion of the Final Examination, candidates are eligible for Fellowship in General Dental Practice. The use of the post-nominals FRACDS(GDP) is granted, which confers international credibility. Fellowship is a prestigious achievement and recognition of knowledge and skills to practice clinical dentistry to the highest standards.  


Structure of the Final Examination
The Final Examination comprises both written papers and a viva voce.

The Final Exam focus is on the candidate’s ability to effectively communicate knowledge which demonstrates they can:

  • Make informed clinical assessment and analysis
  • Consider a diagnosis with evidence of the application of diagnostic or surgical sieves and the selection of appropriate treatment modalities
  • Demonstrate the ability to justify the management options with reference to current literature and evidence based practice.

How To Apply
You will need to first subscribe to the College and then submit the below enrolment form.

Fellowship - General Dental Practice (GDP)
Final Examination
1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018 Fees (in AUD)
Final Examination Overseas Resident Australian Resident
Final examination workshop
2,056.00* 2,056.00*
Final examination web based education program
761.00* 761.00*
Final examination
2,989.00# 2,989.00#
Enrolment for unsuccessful subscribed candidate
- Part l or Part ll only
1,781.00# 1,781.00#
Admission to Fellowship 315.00# 346.50*
Annual fee (FY 01/07/16 to 30/06/17) 603.50# 663.85*
Annual fee (FY 01/07/17 to 30/06/18) 612.73# 674.00*
  1. Fees marked with asterisk (*) denote GST inclusive. Fees marked with pound/hash (#) denote GST free.
  2. The final examination workshop will be held over three (3) days.
  3. The annual fee is payable on the 1st day of July each year. All unpaid annual fees by the 31st of August each year will attract a monthly late payment surcharge. Members or Fellows who are elected to Membership or Fellowship during the year will pay a pro rata annual fee based on the whole months remaining in the financial year (FY).
  4. For more information, please refer to the RACDS General Dental Practice (GDP) Handbook and other relevant policies (including refunds) which are available on the website.
Whilst all due care is taken to ensure that all information contained herein is correct at the time of publication, the RACDS makes no warranties in respect of inadvertent errors or omissions. The RACDS reserves the right to revise these fees and other information from time to time, as well as amend the dates of examinations, courses and workshops whenever conditions warrant. Where these activities are cancelled or postponed, a full refund of the fee will be issued. The RACDS however takes no responsibility for any other costs incurred by the candidate in this regard. 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the requirements for the Final Examination in General Dental Practice?

To be eligible for the Final Exam candidates must satisfy completion of one of the following:

  • RACDS Primary Exam
  • MRACDS Program
  • Exemption granted from the Primary Exam (please refer to the GDP Handbook)

Candidates must also have completed their undergraduate degree three years prior to enrolling, have a minimum of two years clinical experience and hold registration to practice dentistry with a recognised registering body.


2. What is the structure of the exam?

The Final Exam is made up of two sections: General Dentistry, and an elective option:

  • Restorative Dentistry and Periodontics
  • Paediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
  • Oral Medicine, Oral Surgery and Oral Pathology

The general dentistry exam consists of a written paper and a viva voce. The elective exam consists of a written paper, clinical and oral examination, and viva voce examination. There are no live patients for this examination. 

This exam is at the level of a General Practitioner.


3. Why should I complete the Final Examination?

The Final Exam is the final step to achieving Fellowship in General Dental Practice. Benefits in obtaining Fellowship with the RACDS include:

  • Professional development
  • Professional recognition
  • Develop a career pathway in education and examination
  • Discounts to Convocation and RACDS CPD programs

4. How do I prepare for the Final Examination?

The GDP Handbook includes a guide to study and suggested reading list. Candidates should have access to current journal articles and maintain an individual resource library in preparation for the examination.

The RACDS offers a Final Exam Workshop which runs over a weekend in June. This provides candidates with an opportunity to meet examiners and other candidates, and gain valuable information on treatment planning, written paper and viva voce skills.

There is also an online Web Based Education Program. This consists of two online segments that enables candidates to practice their case evaluations, treatment and diagnostic skills.

5. I have completed all of the written sections of the exam but am unable to complete the vivas. Will I be given credit for what I have completed?

Both the written and oral sections of the exam must be completed.  If you complete the written sections only, and do not present for the vivas you will receive a fail grade for the entire section of the exam i.e. you will fail the elective section of the exam.

Should a medical/personal situation arise that prevents you from undertaking a portion of the exam, please contact the RACDS immediately.

6. Will I receive feedback if I don't pass the exam?

If you have failed one section and passed another, you may be given credit for the section passed. This credit is valid for three years.  Candidates who have failed the exam will receive an performance report from the examiners.

7. Are there study groups or support services?

The RACDS has a number of Student Advisors in each Regional Committee that run student tutorials and functions.