Prescribed qualifications for clinical dental technicians

Prescribed qualifications are the qualifications prescribed for a scope of practice under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.

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Prescribed qualifications for registration as a clinical dental technician in the clinical dental technology scope of practice


The Dental Council has prescribed the following qualifications for the clinical dental technology scopes of practice.

  • Registration in the dental technology scope of practice and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Dental Technology (University of Otago)

 Prescribed qualifications for registration in the additional scope of implant overdentures in the clinical dental technology scope of practice


The Dental Council has defined the following prescribed qualification for the clinical dental technology scope of practice, which would allow registration in the additional scope of implant overdentures in New Zealand:

Registration as a Clinical Dental Technician plus evidence of appropriate training, completion or commencement of at least 8 documented cases and a competency attestation from an appropriately qualified dentist or dental specialist.

The prescribed qualification above was available until 1 July 2007. Thereafter the prescribed qualification for registration in the additional scope of Implant Overdentures will be the successful completion of a Dental Council approved implant overdenture course or a pass in the Dental Council implant overdenture registration examination.