Our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme supports NZIDT members to advance their professional knowledge and skills. The programme offers as a structured approach to learning, with the aim of ensuring the highest standards of professional competence are maintained in practice and service delivery. CPD can involve either formal and structured or informal and self-directed learning.

The Dental Council of New Zealand sets a minimum number of verifiable continuing professional development (CPD) hours per two-year recertification cycle.  This is currently set at a minimum of 20 hours for dental technicians and 30 hours for clinical dental technicians.  Our CPD programme is run over a two-year cycle.

Due to COVID the Dental Council made changes to the CPD requirements for this period.  For clarity here is the information and a link to the Dental Council website for fuller information.
CDT’s need 45 hours and DT’s need 30 hours, for the 2018-2021 extended cycle eg 01 January 2018 – 31 December 2021 .
https://www.dcnz.org.nz/i-practise-in-new-zealand/continuing-professional-development to meet up with the pending change in recertification.

What is verifiable CPD?

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) can involve either formal and structured or informal and self-directed learning.

‘Verifiable CPD’ is a learning and development programme that’s been approved by the NZIDT.

The organisers of the learning programme or course will generally seek this approval, and provide you with a verification number and a Certificate of Attendance.

Learning and development programme providers, eg dental firms and dental supply companies, advertise their courses as being ‘CPD verified’, however the number of hours should be allocated and confirmed prior to undertaking the course.

Following the learning programme or course, you’ll receive a Certificate of Attendance which contains the CPD number.

Types of verifiable CPD

  • Postgraduate courses leading to a degree, diploma or certificate relevant to dental practice
  • Scientific lectures, seminars and other educational programmes, including the educational components of professional associations, together with conferences and events which are approved CPD providers or accredited educational providers
  • Peer group learning activities provided by approved CPD providers
  • Hands-on educational programmes
  • Interactive peer contact, study groups and similar activities with written aims and a structured programme of activities
  • Learning with verifiable outcomes using audio, video, CD, internet and other similar material.
  • Publication of a scientific paper or similar in a refereed periodical
  • Presentation of a scientific paper, CPD course or similar that has been approved as a verifiable

First Aid requirements

You need to do a first aid course every 2 years to stay compliant.  See details below.4.7. The NZRC provides graduated levels of resuscitation training. CORE Immediate has been developed as the foundation level of resuscitation training appropriate for New Zealand’s health professionals.
4.8. Oral health practitioners must successfully complete the following minimum levels of resuscitation training:

  • Dental Therapists, Dental Hygienists, Oral Health Therapists, Orthodontic Auxiliaries, Clinical Dental Technicians CORE Immediate or equivalent
  • Dental Technicians undertaking restricted activities CORE Immediate or equivalent
  • Dental Technicians Basic Life Support Skills

Resuscitation training

To determine equivalence, for dental technicians and clinical dental technicians the training should at minimum cover the following components:

Airway management Adult collapse
Manual airway opening Adult collapse management plan
Airway suction Team scenario practice for adult collapse
Oropharyngeal airway insertion Use of Automatic External Defibrillation
Mouth to mask ventilation Choking/ Airway obstruction
One person bag-mask ventilation Management of anaphylaxis
Two person bag-mask ventilation Acute coronary syndrome, Epileptic seizure, Faint (syncope)
Oxygen delivery Hyper/Hypoglycaemia, Hyperventilation, Maternal collapse

The practitioners can specially ask the course provider for a practical demonstration on how to safely administer Oxygen.

We encourage you to read the following document for details to ensure you are compliant.
Please refer to the Dental Councils Medical Emergencies in Dental Practice-Practice Standard pages 5-6 for fuller details of resuscitation training requirements.Steps to keeping on top of your CPD requirements

  • Know how many CPD hours you need to do
  • Find relevant verifiable courses to cover that and book in.
  • If you are looking to hold or organise a course or do some personal CPD work check out the Verifiable CPD Entitlement section for further details or go directly to the CPD Provider Application page.
  • Print off or save to your computer and complete the continuing professional development record (see below) to keep a track for yourself.

Continuing Professional Development record word documentContinuing Professional Development record pdf

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