Scope of Profession

Scope of Profession

Dental technicians/technologists manufacture custom made devices concerning the head and its cavities, mainly the oral cavity. These appliances are manufactured in registered dental laboratories/ manufacturing facilities, by registered dental technicians/technologists on prescription from a dental clinician or other relevant medical clinician. Appliances/devices vary a great deal and may include fixed and removable orthodontic devices, non-metallic and metallic partial or full dentures; crowns, bridges and maxillo-facial prosthesis either tissue born, tooth born or implant supported as well as anti snoring, sleep apnea and headache or similar custom made devices. Dental technicians/technologists do not deal with the patient directly. After the completion of the dental/medical or custom made device, and final inspection by the dental technician or technologist, it is send to the relevant dental/medical clinician who then custom fits the device. In South Africa there is a difference between the qualification of a dental technician and a dental technologist. The scope of practice for both are much the same, with some exceptions as indicated below.


A dental technician is formally trained at a recognized institution to a NQF level 6 qualifications in dental technology, and is registered with the South African Dental Technicians Council.

Qualifications for a dental technician will include:

National Diploma in Dental Technology from a recognized South African institution.

  • An approved overseas dental technology qualification, together with the successful (50% a pass) completion of a registration examination as prescribed by the SADTC.


A dental technologist is formally trained at a recognized institution to a NQF level 7 qualifications in dental technology, and is registered with the South African Dental Technicians Council. Qualifications for a dental technologist:

B-Tech degree in Dental Technology from a recognized South African institution.

For the purpose of the Scope of Profession the following qualifications will be considered the equivalent of a dental technologist:

  • A registration with SADTC after the successfully completion of registered apprenticeship plus 3 years appropriate post registration work experience.
  • Diploma: Dental Technology (SADTC) plus 3 years appropriate post registration work experience.
  • Higher Diploma in Dental Technology from a recognized South African institution plus 3 years appropriate post registration work experience.
  • An approved overseas dental technology qualification, together with the successful (50% a pass) completion of a registration examination as prescribed by the SADTC.

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