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Work as a Dentist in NZ
Important info on requirements to work as a dentist in NZ...

1. Registration
2. Work Visa

Best to allow 3-6 months. See information and links below...

Working as a Dentist in NZ

There are two requirements to work as a Dentist in NZ.

  1. To work as a Dentist in New Zealand you are required to obtain your Dental registration from the Dental Council of New Zealand - info below. 
  2. You will also need a NZ work Visa.

Your Dental registration can be obtained in one of the following ways:


Registration Method 1: Prescribed qualification

  • Prescribed qualification
    The Dental Council of New Zealand recognises overseas qualifications to be equivalent to New Zealand qualifications. 

Please refer to the Dental Council of New Zealand Website.


OR

Registration Method 2: Individual Assessment

  • Individual Assessment
    Registration as a Dentist in the General Dental Scope of Practice holding a non-prescribed undergraduate dental degree, can seek individual an assessment. If you consider that special circumstances exist in respect of your qualifications, training and experience such that the Council may consider them equivalent to a prescribed qualification you may submit an application for individual assessment. In addition, you are required to provide three professional references and pass an accredited English test.

The Dental Council will consider an assessment application on an individual basis. If the Council is satisfied that the combination of your qualifications, training and experience is, in fact, equivalent to a prescribed qualification you will be issued with an eligibility letter, stating that you are eligible to apply for registration. 

The Council will only approve registration in such circumstances where it is satisfied that the combination of your qualifications, training and experience is, in fact, equivalent to a prescribed qualification. 

For further details please refer to the Dental Council of New Zealand website.


OR

Registration Method 3: New Zealand Dental Registration Examination

  • New Zealand Dental Registration Examination
    Where the Council is not satisfied that equivalence exists it will require you to sit and pass the New Zealand Dental Registration Examinations (NZDREX) before registration is granted.

For further details please refer to the Dental Council of New Zealand website.


TIMING ALLOWANCE:

On average the registrations process with the NZ Physio board can take from 6 weeks - 3 months (if all documentation are in order and no additional material is requested). The visa process can also take about 6 weeks at the minimum. So if you are looking at coming to New Zealand and have a set date in mind, then ensure this is at least 3 – 6 months after you’ve lodged your application for registration at least.


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