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Dental laboratory assistant

Assisting dental technicians, who design, make, modify and repair custom made dental devices.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


3 (equivalent to A levels at grades A to E)

Typical length
18 months
Current funding band
Up to £5,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
Entry requirements

Set by employer.

Candidates will usually have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), including English and maths.

What apprentices will learn
  • oral anatomy
  • material selection and uses
  • recognising manufacturing requirements and meeting clinical standards for custom made dental devices
  • helping technicians with the early stages of making dental devices
  • decontamination and infection control

Apprentices will achieve a level 3 Diploma 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 of this apprenticeship, the apprentice can start a higher apprenticeship.

People who complete the higher apprenticeship can register with the General Dental Council (GDC) as a qualified 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.