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Medical Field

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Math & Science

Maths & Science

Study Length

Prepared to Study for Years


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. 

How to become qualified in this field (learning path):

  1. NSC/NC(V) (Entry into programmes subject to the specific requirements of the educational institution)
  2. National Diploma in Dental Technology 

Level of Schooling & School Subjects

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

Duration of study

3-4 Years


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

Career opportunities include working as dental assistants 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

The Health Professionals Council of South Africa

The South African Dental Technicians Council

Educational Institutions offering this qualification

Durban University of Technology:

Central University of Technology:

Tswane University of Technology:

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