Programs to extend scope of practice (ESOP)

Educational programs to extend scope (formerly known as add-on programs) are programs which can extend a dental practitioner's scope of practice. Programs to extend scope allow dental practitioners to extend their education, training and competence in certain areas and within the division in which they are registered.

While these programs may be used as continuing professional development (CPD) their primary purpose is the learning of new foundation knowledge not obtained through a dental practitioner's initial qualification. Completion of such a program will not change the registration of a dental practitioner.


Standards for ESOP programs

Programs to extend scope of practice are accredited by the  ADC using the ADC/DC(NZ) Accreditation Standards for Dental Practitioner programs.

A list of programs to extend scope currently accredited by the ADC is available on the Accredited Programs page.


Please note

At the request of the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) the ADC will no longer accredit any new programs to extend scope of practice.

The DBA has reviewed the approval process of these programs and has agreed to phase out the approval of these programs with a transition period from 1 January 2017 until 31 December 2018. During and after this transition period, the DBA will no longer approve programs to extend scope and consequently, the ADC with no longer accredit these programs.

For further information about programs to extend scope of practice please contact the DBA at

  T: 1300 419 495


Back to Top