If you have recently graduated as an oral health practitioner, you need to apply for registration with the Dental Council before you can begin practising in New Zealand.
If you intend to practise in New Zealand, you will also need to apply for an annual practising certificate (APC).
If you won’t be practising immediately, you can maintain your registration by applying to have your name retained on the register.
How to apply for registration
Recent New Zealand qualified graduates
If you are a recent graduate of the University of Otago or Auckland University of Technology (AUT) you can apply for registration and your first annual practising certificate (APC) or retention online.
This application process is for newly qualified oral health practitioners who have graduated from University of Otago or AUT within the last 12 months.
Click on the “Apply" tab that appears on the black banner on this page.
If you graduated as an oral health practitioner from the University of Otago or AUT more than 12 months ago, or from another local or overseas education provider, you should start your application process by using our online tool to assess which registration pathways are available for you.
If you are unsure of the application process that applies to you, please contact us.