There are three types of Dental Registration:
a. Registration as a Dentist.
This type of registration enables a dentist to practice in New Zealand without supervision. You must gain Registration as a Dentist before you can apply for Registration as a specialist.
b. Registration as a Specialist.
After gaining Registration as a Dentist, you an apply for Registration as a Specialist in a branch of dentistry. You must satisfy the council that you have that you have the appropriate qualifications, training and experience to justify Registration as a Specialist.
c. Temporary Registration.
This is limited to one year. In some circumstances, Council may extend Temporary Registration one more year to a maximum of two years.
Temporary registration is normally granted only if you are coming to New Zealand to undergo sponsored training for a specified period of time, or to give instruction.
For further details regarding registration and examination, refer to the Document Pack put out by the Dental Council of New Zealand.
You must apply for registration as a dentist in New Zealand (Form A) before you can enrol to sit the Dental Registration Exams
Complete application forms (Form A) Pay fees
Send all the required documentation, including certified copies of your degrees, diplomas and qualifications
The Dental Council of New Zealand will consider each application on its own merits, taking into consideration applicants command of the English language and their knowledge and experience in the dental field. Therefore, very often Council requires overseas qualified dentists to sit and pass examinations to demonstrate sufficient knowledge and experience to practice and competence in English
Overseas qualified dentists(except for those from the United Kingdom and Australia) are strongly advised to enrol and prepare for these examinations while they await the Council's decision.
Complete and return Form C: Application, send in three passport sized photos and pay fees
There are three examinations:a. English Exam IELTS, OET, TOEFL or approved equivalentb. Written Registration Exam to establish whether candidates understand the scientific basis of oral health care, and this includes both written papers and visual materialc. Clinical Registration Exam to establish candidate's competence to deliver oral health care. This includes clinical, practical and oral exams.