Prescribed Qualifications for Registration as a Dental Specialist
 
The Council has defined lists of prescribed qualifications for registration as a dental specialist. Select the area of speciality to view the relevant qualifications:


Endodontic Specialists

  • MDS (Endodontics) University of Otago; or
  • DClinDent (Endodontics) University of Otago; or
  • an ADC accredited MDS or MDSc or DClinDent degree in Endodontics from an ADC accredited dental school in Australia; or
  • two years or more of full time equivalent postgraduate training in the specialty at a recognised tertiary academic institution or equivalent; evidence of research activity; a pass in the New Zealand Endodontic Specialist Examination.


Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Specialists

  • MDS/MBChB (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery) University of Otago; or
  • DClinDent (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery), University of Otago; (*1) or
  • an ADC accredited MDS or MDSc or DClinDent in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from an ADC accredited Australian University; a medical degree from a medical school listed in the WHO World Directory of Medical Schools or the ECFMG Faimer Directory; or
  • Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery) (*2); or
  • registration in oral and maxillofacial surgery with the General Medical Council, UK; or
  • Board certification in oral and maxillofacial surgery in a USA or Canadian state and possession of a medical degree from a medical school listed in the WHO World Directory of Medical Schools or the ECFMG Faimer Directory and dental degree; or
  • two years or more of full time equivalent postgraduate training in the specialty at a recognised tertiary academic institution or equivalent; evidence of research activity; a pass in the New Zealand Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Specialist Examination.
      *1 Entry criteria require completed undergraduate dentistry and medical degrees
      *2 Conferred from 15 March 2012.


Oral Medicine Specialists

  • MDS/MBChB (Oral Medicine) University of Otago; or
  • an ADC accredited MDS or MDSc or DClinDent degree in Oral Medicine from an ADC accredited dental school in Australia; a medical degree from a medical school listed in the WHO World Directory of Medical Schools or the ECFMG Faimer Directory; or
  • two years or more of full time equivalent postgraduate training in the specialty at a recognised tertiary academic institution or equivalent; evidence of research activity; a pass in the New Zealand Oral Medicine Specialist Examination.


Oral Pathology Specialists

  • MDS (Oral Pathology) University of Otago; or
  • DClinDent (Oral Pathology) University of Otago; or
  • an ADC accredited MDS or MDSc or DClinDent degree in Oral Pathology from an ADC accredited dental school in Australia; or
  • two years or more of full time equivalent postgraduate training in the specialty at a recognised tertiary academic institution or equivalent; evidence of research activity; a pass in the New Zealand Oral Pathology Specialist Examination.


Oral Surgery Specialists

  • Specialist registration as an Oral Surgeon with the Dental Council of New Zealand as at 18 September 2004.


Orthodontic Specialists

  • MDS (Orthodontics) University of Otago; or
  • DClinDent (Orthodontics) University of Otago; or
  • an ADC accredited MDS or MDSc or DClinDent degree in Orthodontics from an ADC accredited dental school in Australia; or
  • two years or more of full time equivalent postgraduate training in the specialty at a recognised tertiary academic institution or equivalent; evidence of research activity; a pass in the New Zealand Orthodontic Specialist Examination.


Paediatric Dentistry Specialists

  • MDS (Paediatric Dentistry) University of Otago; or
  • DClinDent (Paediatric Dentistry) University of Otago; or
  • an ADC accredited MDS or MDSc or DClinDent degree in Paediatric Dentistry from an ADC accredited dental school in; or
  • two years or more of full time equivalent postgraduate training in the specialty at a recognised tertiary academic institution or equivalent; evidence of research activity; a pass in the New Zealand Paediatric Dentistry Specialist Examination.


Periodontic Specialists

  • MDS (Periodontics) University of Otago; or
  • DClinDent (Periodontics) University of Otago; or
  • an ADC accredited MDS or MDSc or DClinDent degree in Periodontics from an ADC accredited dental school in Australia; or
  • two years or more of full time equivalent postgraduate training in the specialty at a recognised tertiary academic institution or equivalent; evidence of research activity; a pass in the New Zealand Periodontic Specialist Examination.


Prosthodontic Specialists

  • MDS (Prosthodontics) University of Otago; or
  • DClinDent (Prosthdontics) University of Otago; or
  • an ADC accredited MDS or MDSc or DClinDent degree in Prosthodontics from an ADC accredited dental school in Australia; or
  • certificate in Prosthodontics from a three year programme CDA accredited dental school in the USA or Canada; evidence of research activity; or
  • two years or more of full time equivalent postgraduate training in the specialty at a recognised tertiary academic institution or equivalent; evidence of research activity; a pass in the New Zealand Prosthodontic Specialist Examination.


Practice for Public Health Dentistry (or Community Dentistry) Specialists

  • MComDent University of Otago; or
  • an ADC accredited MDS or MDSc degree in Public Health Dentistry from an ADC accredited dental school in Australia; or
  • two years or more of full time equivalent postgraduate training in the specialty at a recognised tertiary academic institution or equivalent; evidence of research activity; a pass in the New Zealand Public Health Dentistry Specialist Examination.


Restorative Dentistry Specialists

  • Specialist registration as a Restorative Dentist with the Dental Council of New Zealand as at 18 September 2004.


Special Needs Dentistry Specialists

  • MDS (Special Needs) University of Otago; or
  • DClinDent (Special Needs) University of Otago; or
  • an ADC accredited MDS or MDSc degree in Special Needs Dentistry from an ADC accredited dental school in Australia; or
  • two years or more of full time equivalent postgraduate training in the specialty at a recognised tertiary academic institution or equivalent; evidence of research activity; a pass in the New Zealand Special Needs Dentistry Specialist Examination.