Protecting the public and
guiding the professions

For Professionals

The Council regulates the health professions in the country in aspects pertaining to registration, education and training, professional conduct and ethical behaviour, ensuring continuing professional development, and fostering compliance with healthcare standards.

Professional Boards


As you are aware the Professional Board for Dental Therapy and Oral Hygiene conducts a Board  examination for Student Dental Assistants who are currently registered under the grandfather clause, (i.e. registration based on years of experience) and who have a DA-S registration number. The Board will conduct four (4) examinations during 2017, i.e. on the third Tuesday of April, June, August and November 2017. The April 2017 Board examination will be conducted on 18 April 2017 and the closing date for applications for this examination is 7 March 2017. Candidates who are successful in the Board examination will be registered as Dental Assistants.
The Board examination is not applicableto students who are enrolled with a University of Technology for the formal Dental Assisting programme.
Form 297:Requirements for registration Dental Assistants and Student Dental Assistants click here
Participation in Strike Action Emergency Care Providers

 Pretoria – The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has a responsibility to ensure that it protects the public and guides the professions. As a regulatory body with a legislative mandate to protect the public and guide the Emergency Care profession, the Professional Board for Emergency Care emphatically condemns any strike action by Emergency Care Providers >>>read more


The Professional Board for Emergency Care wishes to bring to your attention that the Clinical Practice Guidelines which were sent out to a group of stakeholders for comment/input is a DRAFT document. The Board will consider the comment/input received from these stakeholders and may then decide to make changes to this document and perhaps further consultation with stakeholders.Theserevised Clinical Practice Guidelines have not been implemented and Emergency Care Providers have to comply with the existing protocols until such time that the Board has implemented the revised Clinical Practice Guidelines.    
Please note the closing date for submission of comments/input on the draft revised Clinical Practice Guidelines/Protocols is 27 January 2017 .