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Dental Technician

Dental technicians use moulds, models, and images of patients to help dentists build oral devices like dentures and partial bridges, as well as specialized orthodontic insertions to help patients’ teeth. 

How to be a Dental Technician in South Africa

Get the Required Qualifications

To become a dental technician in South Africa, you will need the following qualifications:

  1. Certificate (National Senior Certificate /NC(V). Entry into programme is subject to the specific requirements of the educational institution)
  2. Diploma (National Diploma in Dental Technology)

Demonstrate Competence in the Required Subjects

Different educational institutions may have different admission requirements; however, you will typically be required to demonstrate competency in the following subjects:

Accumulate Years of Relevant Study and Experience

Dental technicians in South Africa typically study for 3-4 years.

Find Relevant Employment Opportunities

Once qualified, you will have to register with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) in order to work.

Dental technicians in South Africa often work in private practice, in the public hospitals as well as in the medical division of the defence force, dental supply companies and dental laboratories. 

Find More Information from Relevant Regulatory Bodies

To find more information about dental technicians, contact the The Health Professionals Council of South Africa or the The South African Dental Technicians Council.


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