New recertification programme for dentists and dental specialists

Notice of new recertification programme

In accordance with section 41(6) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003, the Dental Council (the Council) advises that at its meeting on 3 July 2017, it set a new recertification programme for all dentists and dental specialists.

The programme replaces that which concluded on 31 December 2016 and is considered effective as of 1 January 2017.

Requirements of the new recertification programme

The programme requires you to undertake and complete during the three year period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2019:

  • fifty (50) hours of verifiable continuing professional development (CPD); and,
  • seven (7) peer contact activities.

The programme is a departure from previous recertification programmes which have required 80 hours of continuing professional development and 12 per contact activities over a four year cycle. This is because the cycle has been shortened in recognition of the fact we are currently consulting on a new recertification framework and we anticipate implementing the new framework in 2020. The requirements have been pro-rated to reflect the shortened timeframe.

The Council has also agreed to continue the waiver of the policy requirement that CPD must be verified.

While CPD activities do not need to be verified, they still must be verifiable. That means you must be able, if called upon to do so, to provide documentary evidence of attendance, and documentation that shows the activity or the training provided is approved for verifiable CPD purposes by an approved CPD provider or verifier.

Council decision

In 2015, the Council began a review of the way it recertifies practitioners. It anticipates completing the review in 2019.

The Council has determined that in the meantime, all recertification programmes set for registered oral health practitioners in the current format should be completed by 31 December 2019. 

As a consequence, Council has determined:

  • that the new programme for dentists and dental specialists is for a period of three years, from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2019
  • that the required number of CPD hours and peer contact activities should be pro-rated to take account of the reduced time frame and further pro-rated because formal notice of the programme has not been given until six months after the programme commencement date
  • that any CPD hours and peer contact activities completed in the period 1 January 2017 to the receipt of this notice would count towards practitioners' total hours for the new cycle
  • that it would continue the current waiver of the policy requirement that CPD must be verified.