Dental hygienist, dental therapist and oral health therapist assessments


The dental hygienist and dental therapist assessment process evaluates the knowledge, judgement, clinical skills, and professional competencies of overseas-trained dental hygienists, dental therapists, and oral health therapists seeking eligibility to apply for registration with the Dental Board of Australia (DBA), and whose qualifications are not otherwise approved for registration. 

The format of the assessment and examination process has been approved for the purposes of registration in Australia. It consists of three stages: an initial assessment, a written examination, and a practical examination. 

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1. Initial assessment

The initial assessment process involves the assessment of documents including professional qualifications, work experience, registration history, and good standing to determine eligibility to sit the written examination. 

Timeframe: Approximately 8 weeks, not including time taken to submit any additional documents.

Cost: AUD $610

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2. Written examination

The written examination is designed to test the knowledge of science and practise of dental hygiene and/or dental therapy, and assess the application of clinical judgement and reasoning skills relevant to dental practice in Australia. 


Depending on the profession, the written examination is held over one or two days in Melbourne, Australia.


Candidates are eligible to sit the written examination following successful completion of the initial assessment process. 


Timeframe: Approximately five months. 
Cost: AUD $1,350

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3. Practical examination

The practical examination is the platform for candidates to demonstrate they have the professional competence to perform safely in the role of a dental hygienist, dental therapist, a combination of both, or an oral health therapist in Australia and assesses candidates across the Professional competencies of the newly qualified dental hygienist, dental therapist and oral health therapist. The competencies can be viewed here


The examination is held at the ADC examination centre in Melbourne, Australia. 


Candidates are eligible to sit the practical examination within three years of the successful completion of a written examination. 


As the final step in the assessment process, candidates are eligible to apply of registration with the DBA upon successful completion of the practical examination. 


Timeframe: Approximately six to nine months.
Cost: AUD $3,150

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