New Zealand Dental Therapy Registration Examination

If you are not sure whether the New Zealand Dental Therapy Registration Examination is the correct pathway for you, refer to the following tools:

Seeking registration by passing the New Zealand Dental Therapy Registration Examination


If you do not have a prescribed qualification, sitting the New Zealand Dental Therapy Registration Examination (NZDTREX) could be one of the registration pathways available to you.  It is important to familiarise yourself with the entry criteria for the examination before enrolling. 

The steps for sitting the examination

The processes involved with the examination are shown above, with details for the steps. A dowloadable PDF verison of the complete examination process is also available.

Examination period and attempts

You have three years from the date of first sitting the written examination, and a maximum of three attempts in total to pass both the written and clinical parts of the examination.