Our memberships

Which membership is right for you?

Our membership types demonstrate your level of experience, knowledge and skills throughout 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 must be either:

  • a dental or oral health practitioner registered with the GDC or an equivalent overseas authority, or

  • a non-practising non-registrant or former registrant, such as an academic or retired practitioner

Find out more about becoming an Associate Member.

Why should I join the College?

Annual membership fee

Dentist: £125
Dental Therapist / Dental Hygienist / Orthodontic Therapist / Dental Technician / Clinical Dental Technician: £83
Dental Nurse & concessions: £42

More information about joining

Find out about Certified Membership

Full Member
MCGDent

How do I qualify?

As for Associate Member, plus

  • Postgraduate Certificate in a relevant subject*, or

  • MJDF/MFDS/MFGDP(UK), or

  • Diploma in General Dental Practice (DGDP)

Why should I join the College?

Annual membership fee

Dentist: £316
Dental Therapist / Dental Hygienist / Orthodontic Therapist / Dental Technician / Clinical Dental Technician: £211
Dental Nurse & concessions: £106

More information about joining

Find out about Certified Membership

Associate Fellow AssocFCGDent

How do I qualify?

As for Associate Member, plus

  • Postgraduate Diploma or Masters level qualification in a relevant subject*, or

  • CGDent Diploma in Primary Care Orthodontics, FGDP(UK) or RCS(Ed) Diploma in Implant Dentistry, or FGDP(UK) Diploma in Restorative Dentistry or Primary Care Oral Surgery, Diploma in Postgraduate Dental Studies (DPDS), or

  • Membership in General Dental Surgery (MGDS) or Specialty Membership of a UK Faculty

Why should I join the College?

Annual membership fee

Dentist: £395
Dental Therapist / Dental Hygienist / Orthodontic Therapist / Dental Technician / Clinical Dental Technician: £263
Dental Nurse & concessions: £132

More information about joining

Find out about Certified Membership

Fellow
FCGDent

How do I qualify?

As for Associate Member, plus

Why should I join the College?

Annual membership fee

Dentist: £485
Dental Therapist / Dental Hygienist / Orthodontic Therapist / Dental Technician / Clinical Dental Technician: £323
Dental Nurse & concessions: £162

More information about joining

Affiliate
Member

How do I qualify?

Affiliate Membership is open to non-clinical members of the dental team, such as practice managers, as well as those who have an interest in dentistry but are not eligible for Associate Membership. Affiliate Members enjoy a more restricted selection of the benefits of membership.

Why should I join the College?

Annual membership fee: £60

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.

Find out more about becoming a Student Member.

Membership fee: £11

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. Student Affiliates enjoy a more restricted selection of the benefits of membership.

Find out more about becoming a Student Affiliate.

Membership fee: free

*’Postgraduate Certificate’, ‘Postgraduate Diploma’ and ‘Master’s-level qualifications’ refer to university-awarded or equivalent Level 7 credentials providing, respectively, 60, 120 and 180 UK credits or an international equivalent. ‘Relevant subject’ means either a dental subject or a subject of wider relevance to the enhancement of oral healthcare; this is interpreted at the discretion of the College Council, 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.

Concessions

We offer concessionary fees for those who are retired, or working overseas, and not registered with the GDC.  The discount is permanently applied to your subscription. 

Other concessions are also available and listed below.  If these apply to you, we will apply a temporary 12 month discount on your subscription. Please let us know if these concessions apply to you:

  • Not practising (eg long-term illness, career break, in FT education)
  • Maternity
  • Hardship / unemployed
  • First year of practice post registration

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, how to upgrade or how to apply, don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

Certified Membership – registration now open!

Our new Certified Membership scheme is offered in parallel with College membership and offers you authoritative recognition and augmented, one-to-one career support. As a Certified Member you will benefit from structured support with a trained Facilitator, enabling you to move forward and enhance your career with confidence.

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.

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