DBA urges final-year dental students to apply for registration


dental studentsFinal-year dental students who will soon complete an approved program of study can go online now to apply for registration before they graduate.

Graduates need to be registered as a dental practitioner with the Dental Board of Australia (the Board) before they start practising.

The online graduate application service on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website smooths the path from study to work by enabling final-year students to apply for registration four to six weeks before completing their course.

All applicants are required to return supporting documents to AHPRA by mail to complete their application. It is important that this is done as soon as possible after applying online – see Next Steps Checklist. Certain applicants will need to apply for an international criminal history check (ICHC) before submitting their application for registration.

Graduates from one of the dental programs must make an application for general registration and meet the Dental Board’s registration requirements to be a registered dental practitioner.

Registration standards that relate to the new graduate are:

  • criminal history
  • English language skills, and
  • professional indemnity insurance.

Graduates wishing to apply for registration in more than one division of the profession, such as a dental therapist and a dental hygienist, should complete the appropriate streamlined graduate application form. Do not use the online service.

There are six simple steps to registration for graduates:

  • Students apply for registration four to six weeks before completing their program at Graduate applications on the AHPRA website.
  • Applicants fill out an online application (if eligible) or download an application form.
  • Applicants send supporting documents to AHPRA by mail to complete the application.
  • Education providers advise AHPRA when applicants are eligible to graduate.
  • AHPRA finalises assessment, confirms registration, publishes new graduates’ names on the national register of practitioners and sends out registration certificates.
  • New graduates registered with the National Board are eligible to start work as soon as their name is published on the national register.

For more information

Go to Graduate applications on the AHPRA website for FAQ and links to more information

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