The first step in the assessment pathway is the initial assessment of your professional qualifications in General Dentistry or as a Dental Hygienist and/or Dental Therapist.

The Australian Dental Council (ADC) assesses your professional qualifications as a General Dentist or Dental Hygienist and/or Dental Therapist, work experience, registration history, good standing and other matters to establish your eligibility to proceed with the examinations. This assessment is based on the information you provide in your Application for Initial Assessment of Professional Qualifications in Dentistry, or Dental Hygienist and/or Dental Therapist . 

It takes a minimum of eight weeks to conduct the initial assessment of qualifications. Please ensure that you allow sufficient time for your initial assessment to be approved in order to meet the Written Examination closing date deadline.

Note: Procedures for initial assessment of Prosthetist qualifications are currently under review.

General Dentist

To apply for an initial assessment as a General Dentist you must:

  • hold a university dental degree or diploma obtained after at least four years full-time academic study at an acknowledged university; or an appropriate qualification; and,
  • have held registration/licensure in either your home country or country of training, and there has been no withdrawal of registration.

Dental Hygienist and/or Dental Therapist

To apply for an initial assessment as a Dental Hygienist and/or Dental Therapist you must:

  • hold a dental hygiene and/or dental therapy qualification which was obtained after at least two years' full-time academic study; and,
  • have held registration/licensure in either your home country or country of training, and there has been no withdrawal of registration.

Certified copies of documents:

When sending the required documents with an application please ensure you have carefully read the ADC's Certification of Documents Guidelines.

Please do not send original documents with your application form. Any original documents submitted to the ADC may not be returned to candidates.

Documents in other languages:

All required documents must be provided to the ADC in English. If documents are not in English please refer to the ADC's Translation of Documents Guidelines.

A Letter of Good Standing must be sent directly from your previous or most recent registration/licensing authority to the ADC, so it will not be possible for candidates to have these document translated. Where possible, please request your registration/licensing authority to prepare this Letter of Good Standing in English.

Please note:

  • The assessment of your application may take up to 8 weeks from the date of arrival at the ADC.
  • ALL applications are assessed in order of receipt.
  • Applicants are notified in writing of the outcome of the initial assessment.
  • Incomplete applications (including non-payment of fees) will result in assessment delays.

Initial Assessment fees:

Applications will not be assessed until the assessment fee has been paid in full. Please refer to the current fee schedule.

 

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