Our memberships

Which membership is right for you?

Our memberships recognise your experience, knowledge and skills as you develop through your career. Scroll down to find out which membership is right for you – get in touch if you would like to discuss your options.

Associate
Member

How do I qualify?

You either need to be a practitioner registered with the GDC or equivalent overseas authority OR
you could be a non-practising, non-registrant or former registrant, such as an academic or a retired practitioner.

Why should I join the College?

Membership fee: £100 a year
Concessionary fee: £33 a year

More information about joining

Full Member
MCGDent

How do I qualify?

As for Associate Member, plus
– Postgraduate Certificate in a relevant dental subject* or subject relevant to the enhancement of oral healthcare*, or
– MJDF/MFDS/MFGDP(UK), or
– Diploma in General Dental Practice (DGDP).

Why should I join the College?

Membership fee: £280 a year
Concessionary fee: £94 a year

More information about joining

Associate Fellow AssocFCGDent

How do I qualify?

As for Associate Member, plus
– Postgraduate Diploma or Masters level qualification in a relevant dental subject* or subject relevant to the enhancement of oral healthcare*, or
– Diploma in Implant Dentistry of FDSRCS(Ed) or FGDP(UK)
– FGDP(UK) Diploma in Restorative Dentistry or Primary Care Oral Surgery
– Membership in General Dental Surgery (MGDS) of a UK Faculty, or
– Specialty Membership of a UK Faculty.

Why should I join the College?

Membership fee: £350 a year
Concessionary fee: £117 a year

More information about joining

Fellow
FCGDent

How do I qualify?

As for Associate Member, plus
– There are two routes to apply for Fellowship of the College: Fellowship by experience or Fellowship by equivalence. Applicants should consult the page on admission to Fellowship.

Why should I join the College?

Membership fee: £430 a year
Concessionary fee: £144 a year

More information about joining

Affiliate
Member

How do I qualify?

There are no eligibility requirements for Affiliate Membership. It is open to practice managers, other non-clinical members of the dental team, and those with a general interest in dentistry. Affiliate Members enjoy a more restricted selection of the benefits of membership.

Why should I join the College?

Membership fee: £50 a year

Student
Member

How do I qualify?

For our Student Membership you must be enrolled on an undergraduate dental programme or traineeship leading to a dental qualification. Student Membership is available to you throughout the duration of your course.

Why should I join the College?

Membership fee: £10 single payment

Student
Affiliate

How do I qualify?

As a Student Affiliate you must be enrolled on an undergraduate dental programme or traineeship leading to a dental qualification. You can be a Student Affiliate throughout the duration of your course. Student Affiliates enjoy a more restricted selection of the benefits of membership.

Why should I join the College?

Membership fee: free

*“Relevant dental subject” and “subject relevant to the enhancement of oral healthcare” are interpreted at the discretion of the Council of the College, and the College reserves the right to determine applications on a case by case basis.

How to apply for membership

You can apply for membership of the College via our online application form.

When you apply, we will ask you to set out details of your qualifications or other membership requirements, and to supply electronic versions of the appropriate evidence. 

Eligibility of postgraduate qualifications is assessed against the Framework for Level 7 Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. A Postgraduate Certificate must equate at least to 60 credits in the Framework, a Postgraduate Diploma to 120 credits, and a Masters to 180 credits. We may require evidence of your award transcript, not just your award certificate, to confirm your eligibility for the membership for which you have applied.

We offer concessionary rates in various circumstances, including for those practising overseas and those retired from practice.

Concessions include:
  • Dental Nurses and Orthodontic Therapists (and in the College’s first year: Dental Hygienists, Dental Therapists, Clinical Dental Technicians, Dental Technicians)
  • Not practising in the United Kingdom (eg overseas; not registered with the General Dental Council)
  • Retired from practice
  • Not practising (eg long-term illness, career break, in FT education)
  • Maternity
  • Hardship / unemployed

For applicants who hold multiple registrations for practice, the higher fee will apply (eg for a dentist who might work as a hygienist).

We are seeking approval from HMRC to allow members to claim tax relief on their membership subscriptions.

If you have any queries about our memberships, which membership is right for you, or how to apply, don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

Certified Membership – launching soon

We are developing a Certified Membership scheme to underpin our recognition of progression. Offered in parallel with our existing membership route, Certified Membership will be a further mark of your commitment and achievement in dentistry. With the ongoing support of a facilitator, the new scheme will provide a structured pathway for your continued professional development, enabling you to move forward and enhance your career with confidence – find out more.

College Faculties

We are convening Faculties of the College for the various dental team roles, each of which will have a membership structure that reflects that same progression from “safe practitioner” to “accomplished practitioner” – from Associate Member to Fellow. Membership of a Faculty will go hand-in-hand with College membership and Certified Membership, for no additional membership contribution. Read about our progress here.

Our memberships at a glance

MembershipQualificationStandard FeeConcessionary Fee
Affiliate Member
– no requirements £50
Student Affiliate
– current dental studentFree
Student Member
– current dental student£10
single payment
Associate Member
– registered practitioner
– non-registered, non-practising
– former registrant
£100£33
Full Member
(MCGDent)
– as for Associate Member plus
– postgraduate Certificate, or
– MJDF/MFDS/MFGDP(UK), or
– Diploma in General Dental Practice (DGDP)
£280£94
Associate Fellow
(AssocFCGDent)
– as for Associate Member plus
– Relevant Postgraduate Diploma or Masters, or
– Membership in General Dental Surgery (MGDS) of a UK Faculty, or
– Specialty Membership of a UK Faculty
£350£117
Fellow
(FCGDent)
– as for Associate Member plus
– through experience route, or
-through equivalence route
– consult Admission to Fellowship page
£430£144

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