Registering as a dentist or dental specialist with a prescribed qualification
New graduates from the University of Otago
New graduates who obtained their qualification from the University of Otago can be registered with the Dental Council after graduation day. A shortened registration pathway is available to these new graduates for the 4 months immediately after graduation.
The newly qualified graduate registration form is available on the website during the open application period (November - March).
New Zealand prescribed qualification holders
If you do not register within the four months after graduation and want to apply later, you will need to send us the application form for registration in New Zealand for holders of prescribed qualifications.
If you apply 12 months after graduation, your application will be considered on its merits by the Council at its next meeting. You will also be required to submit with your registration application:
- details of activities you have undertaken to update and enhance professional skills, including details of whether you have taken part in continuing professional development
- a detailed history of employment, including places and dates of employment, responsibilities, and working hours per week
- details of any practice in an equivalent scope of practice overseas (if applicable).
If you have a New Zealand prescribed qualification, and are currently registered in Australia as a dentist or a dental specialist and want to register in New Zealand in a similar scope of practice, you can apply under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997.
Overseas prescribed qualifications
If you hold a prescribed overseas qualification, you must follow a two-step registration process. First you need to send us the assessment of eligibility form to assess your eligibility for registration.
If you are deemed eligible for registration, you will receive confirmation from us that you are able to register, and we will provide you with the registration form to complete and submit to register.
If you have an overseas prescribed qualification, and are currently registered in Australia as a dentist or a dental specialist and want to register in New Zealand in a similar scope of practice, you can apply under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997.
Registration fees for those who hold a prescribed qualification are listed here.