To practice in New Zealand, all dentists must be registered with the Dental Council of New Zealand.
The Dental Council of New Zealand is the statutory body for maintaining self-regulation of the dental profession.
A person is entitled to be registered as a dentist in New Zealand if she/he:
(1) Holds the degree of Bachelor of Dental Surgery from a university in New Zealand, or its equivalent
(2) Has a reasonable command of English
(3) Plans to reside and practice in New Zealand
(4) Is considered fit to practice dentistry by the Dental Council
The Council, before authorizing the registration of overseas qualified dentists, require them to sit and pass Dental Council Examinations.
Some dentists are not required to pass the Registration Examination conducted by the Dental Council of New Zealand.
In New Zealand, there are three types of dental registration.
(1) Registration as a Dentist
(2) Registration as a Specialist
(3) Temporary Registration
First two types of registration allows to practice or work without any limitation. Temporary registration enables quick entry into New Zealand without examination. But it has restrictions and is more difficult than other types.