Dental hygienists, dental therapists, and oral health therapists – The Australian Dental Council

Dental hygiene, dental therapy, and oral health therapy assessments

The assessment process is for overseas qualified dental hygienists, dental therapists, and oral health therapists with qualifications that do not meet the requirements for registration with the Dental Board of Australia. It is designed to assess your knowledge, judgement, clinical skills, and professional competence.

The process involves three stages:

1. Initial assessment

An assessment of your eligibility to complete the dental practitioner assessment process.

Eligibility:
Dental hygienist or dental therapist:

Minimum 2-year equivalent full-time study and have held full and unrestricted registration/licence

Combined dental hygienist/therapist or oral health therapist:

Minimum 3-year equivalent full-time qualification and have held full and unrestricted registration/licence

Timeframe: 8 weeks (approximately)*
Cost: $610 AUD (application)
$250 AUD (renewal)
Validity: 7 years
Application period: Apply at anytime
Assessment timeframe: 8 weeks (approximately)*

*Timeframes can be delayed if information submitted is incomplete

2. Written examination

A one-day examination testing your application of knowledge to clinical practice.

Eligibility: Successful, valid initial assessment
Timeframe: 5 months from application period to results release (approximately)
Cost: $1,350 AUD
Validity: 3 years
2023
Period 1
Application period:

1– 14 December 2022

Examination date:

Thursday 16 March 2023

2023
Period 2
Application period:

8 – 21 June 2023

Examination date:

Friday 22 September 2023

3. Practical examination

Depending on profession a one or two day simulation-based examination assessing your practical clinical skills.

Eligibility: Successful, valid written examination.
Timeframe: 4 to 7 months from application period to results release (approximately)
Cost: $3,150 AUD
Validity: Does not expire
2022
Application period:

14 – 22 September 2022

Examination date:

Thursday 3 and Friday 4 November 2022

2023
Period 1
Application period:

15 – 28 March 2023

Examination date:

Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 June 2023

2023
Period 2
Application period:

9 – 21 August 2023

Examination date:

Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 November 2023