Scope of practice competencies for dental specialists

This page sets out the competencies that dental specialists must meet in order to be registered in New Zealand.

The Council, in partnership with the Dental Board of Australia, has developed entry-level competencies for dental specialties.

These competencies describe the level of competence expected of registration applicants, and the benchmark standard for registered dental specialists, in both jurisdictions.

How are the competencies being used?

The competencies are used to support a number of regulatory functions. These functions include accreditation, registration and notification.

Accreditation

The competencies are used to determine if prescribed specialist programmes

  • are at the expected qualification level, and
  • produce graduates at the expected level of competence for specialist registration, in the relevant specialty.

Registration 

The competencies are used to assess overseas qualified applicants for specialist registration by

  • assessing qualifications, training and experience to measure whether they are equivalent to, or as satisfactory as, a specialist qualification prescribed by the Council, and
  • developing New Zealand dental specialist registration examinations. 

Notification 

The competencies can also be used as part of the management of a notification against a registered dental specialist.

 

Competencies

Entry level competencies for all dental specialties

Entry level competencies for endodontics

Entry level competencies for oral and maxillofacial surgery

Entry level competencies for oral medicine

Entry level competencies for oral pathology 

Entry level competencies for oral surgery

Entry level competencies for orthodontics

Entry level competencies for paediatric dentistry

Entry level competencies for periodontics

Entry level competencies for prosthodontics

Entry level competencies for public health dentistry (community dentistry)

Entry level competencies for special needs dentistry