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Dental technician

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

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


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

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.

End Point Assessment

There are no end point assessment organisations for this standard yet. There is a monthly application process for organisations interested in delivering end-point assessment. New organisations are added regularly.

If you have an urgent need to select an assessment organisation for this standard, please email with details.