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body or mind

Body

Field

Medical Field

Boss or Team

Team

Communication

Good Communicator

Work With

People

Math & Science

Maths & Science

Study Length

Prepared to Study for Years

Environment

Busy Environment

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. 

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)

Required Level of Schooling & School Subjects

  • NSC/NC(V) 
  • English
  • Maths
  • Physical Science or Biology

Duration of Study

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

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. 

Further Information

Related University Degrees

Educational Institutions offering this qualification

Durban University of Technology:
https://www.dut.ac.za/faculty/health_sciences/dental_sciences/dental_technology/

Central University of Technology:
https://www.cut.ac.za/programmes/dental-assisting

Tswane University of Technology:
https://www.tut.ac.za/ProspectusDocuments//2018/4.%20NDip_DentalTech_2018.pdf

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