You must hold a current annual practising certificate (APC) to practise as an oral health practitioner in New Zealand. It is an offence to practise without one. If you do so, you may be:
You will be granted an APC if we are satisfied that you meet the criteria set out in section 27 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. This means you:
For new graduates from New Zealand accredited programmes competence is "deemed" if you apply for an APC within a year of graduating. Accordingly the requirements for practising and having held an APC within the 3 years before your application do not apply.
The practising year for dental hygienists, dental therapists, oral health therapists, clinical dental technicians, dental technicians and orthodontic auxiliaries runs from 1 April in each year until 31 March in the following year. APCs must be renewed on or before 31 March in each year.
If you have not renewed your APC by 1 April, you must cease practise until such time that you have a current APC. Failure to do so could result in disciplinary proceedings.
We invite practitioners to tell us whether they want to renew their APC for the next practising cycle shortly before their current cycle ends. At this time you can indicate whether you want to renew your APC, or whether you want to have your name retained or removed from the register.
If you have been on retention and want to resume practising, you can apply for an APC at any other time during a practising cycle.
We set the fee for your APC annually. Please see our fees page for the current fee schedule.
The following policies describes how the budget, fees and levies are set on an annual basis:
The following information will assist you to change your registration or practising status on the Register.
Apply to be retained on the Register if you are taking a break from practice but intend to return.
Notify us if you do not wish to remain on the Register.