Excerpt from a letter from DCNZ dated 24 March 2010
‘In order to register an overseas qualified dental technician, the Dental Technician Board must be satisfied that the dental technician [s15 Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (Link to Legislation, Link to Ministry of Health)]:
- holds a prescribed or equivalent qualification
- is fit for registration
- is competent to practice dental technology.
Applicants with an overseas dental technology qualification may apply for registration and assessment of their qualification as compared to the prescribed qualification. Where the Board is unable to be satisfied of the applicant’s competence to practise, it may require the applicant to sit and pass an examination.
It is therefore open to overseas trained/qualified dental technicians to apply for registration and seek assessment of their qualification. Consideration of their application will not only include an assessment of their qualification, but also consideration of their fitness and competence to practise.
Application forms and further information are available on the Dental Council website