The Dental Council is required under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (the Act) to protect the health and safety of members of the public by ensuring that oral health practitioners are competent and fit to practice. To achieve this, Council provides a framework for the registration of oral health practitioners.
The Dental Council recognises a number of overseas qualifications as equivalent to New Zealand standards. These are known as prescribed qualifications.
For overseas-qualified practitioners who do not have prescribed dental qualifications, the Dental Council offers examinations for each practitioner group. A pass in the Dental Council of New Zealand examination is deemed a prescribed qualification for registration in New Zealand.
The following examinations are available:
Examination PoliciesThe following Dental Council examination policy exists for applicants: