To apply to register as an oral health practitioner under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003, you must meet these criteria:
You can apply for registration as a dental technician if you have a prescribed qualification.
Registering with a prescribed qualification
A prescribed qualification is one that has been through a formal accreditation process to verify that it is of an appropriate quality and standard, either by us or another jurisdiction whose accreditation processes are recognised by us. Prescribed qualifications are gazetted against the relevant scope of practice.
To see if your qualification has been prescribed, refer to the list below.
Prescribed qualifications for dental technicians
If your qualification is not prescribed, you can either:
If you want to register as a dental technician, and you do not have a prescribed qualification, you can sit the New Zealand Dental Technology Registration Examination. The examination is a week-long examination testing both scientific knowledge and practical skills.
The New Zealand Dental Technology Registration Examination
If you do not have an overseas prescribed qualification, but believe your qualifications, training and experience are equivalent to a prescribed qualification for dental technology, you can apply for individual assessment.
Individual assessment of qualifications and experience
Please see our fees page for the applicable fees.