Pathway 1 to register as an orthodontic auxiliary

To complete pathway 1, you need to first hold a qualification in dental therapy, dental hygiene or dentistry. You need to follow the three steps described below before you can apply for registration.

Criteria to be eligible to apply for registration under pathway 1


To register using pathway 1, you need:

  1. a Graduate Certificate of Orthodontic Assisting, Academy of Orthodontic Assisting
  2. a qualification in dental therapy, dental hygiene or dentistry
  3. experience in the provision of orthodontic auxiliary services under the direction and supervision of a dentist or dental specialist who can attest to competency.

Step 1: Work under a Council-approved supervisor


The Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 allows people engaged in a course of training or instruction that has been prescribed for registration purposes to practise while not yet registered.

This allows prospective orthodontic auxiliary trainees to carry out supervised orthodontic auxiliary duties while completing their training, before they apply for registration.

The supervised orthodontic auxiliary duties must be overseen by a registered dentist or dental specialist (supervisor) who holds a current annual practising certificate. The supervisor must:

  • be onsite at all times to advise, guide, monitor, participate or intervene in all procedures carried out by the trainee
  • make sure that patients are aware that the person providing the orthodontic auxiliary care is under training
  • make sure the patient consents to receiving care from the trainee. All patients need to complete the consent form patient consent for orthodontic care by trainee.  

If a supervisor has any concerns about a trainee’s competence to practise orthodontic auxiliary duties, they must immediately inform the Dental Council. The supervisor must also stop the training while waiting for the Council’s response.

Applying for a supervisor to be approved

Council must approve the supervisor before you can perform any clinical activities.

You must apply for your supervisor to be approved by submitting a supervised activities as trainee application form.

When we have approved the supervisor, we will tell you and your supervisor, and issue a supervision protocol.

Step 2: Obtain the Qualification


Once you have a Council-approved supervisor, you can enrol in the Graduate Certificate of Orthodontic Assisting. This qualification consists of two parts:

  1. successfully completing all the online modules, and
  2. successfully completing the two-day clinical programme, currently run by the New Zealand Association of Orthodontists (NZAO) in New Zealand.

Enrolling in the online modules

The online modules are offered by Trapezio (previously known as Academy of Orthodontic Assisting).

Go to the Trapezio website for more information on the Certificate of Orthodontic Assisting. 

Enrolling in the two-day clinical programme

Once you have successfully completed all the online modules, and received formal notification of this from Trapezio, you can enrol in the two-day clinical programme by contacting NZAO
  
Once you have successfully completed the two-day clinical programme, you should contact Trapezio, who will issue you with the Graduate Certificate of Orthodontic Assisting. 

Step 3: Apply to be registered


You can apply for registration once you have:

  • obtained the Graduate Certificate of Orthodontic Assisting
  • satisfied the supervisor of your competency in all the clinical tasks within the scope of practice for an orthodontic auxiliary.

The supervisor needs to attest to your competence in writing to the Dental Council. You will then be eligible to apply for registration.