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Dental technician

Designing, manufacturing, modifying and repairing custom-made dental appliances.

Regulated standard

This standard needs a training provider who is recognised by the associated approval body. Please check with the training provider for further details.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard

Level

5 (equivalent to foundation degree)

Typical length
36 months
Current funding band
Up to £18,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
Entry requirements

Set by employer.

Candidates will usually have A levels or existing relevant level 3 qualifications (or relevant prior experience).

What apprentices will learn
  • oral anatomy
  • how dental devices restore functionality and prevent oral disease
  • procedures used in the design and manufacture of custom made devices
  • selecting materials for use in dental devices
  • advising the prescribing dentist on appropriate dental devices
  • how devices are made, including digital manufacturing procedures
  • implants and attachments
  • decontamination and infection control
Qualifications

Apprentices will achieve a level 5 Foundation Degree in Dental Technology.

Before taking their end-point assessment, apprentices must achieve level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C).

Professional registration

On completion, apprentices can apply to register with the General Dental Council (GDC) as a dental technician.

How apprentices are assessed

A government-approved organisation must assess apprentices towards the end of their apprenticeship.

This end-point assessment ensures apprentices achieve the skills, training and any qualifications necessary to complete their apprenticeship.

You can download the assessment plan from the Institute for Apprenticeships. There are no end-point assessment organisations for this apprenticeship yet. Please email apprentice.assessment@education.gov.uk if you urgently need an end-point assessment organisation.

More Information

The Institute for Apprenticeships has more detailed information about this apprenticeship.