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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


Board Examination
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 2019, i.e. on the third Tuesday of April, June, August and November 2019.

The June 2019 Board examination will be conducted on 25 June 2019 and the closing date for applications for this examination is 14 May 2019. 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.

No late applications will be accepted after the closing date.


NB: The DOH Board will conduct the last exam for Dental Assistant in 24 March 2020

Form 297: Requirements for registration Dental Assistants and Student Dental Assistants  click here

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Unqualified yet Experienced Dental Assistants to Register
Pretoria – In April 2005, the HPCSA opened the registration process to professionalise Dental Assistants. At the time, the regulations prescribed qualifications that would enable dental assistants to register. Those that did not register were thus not allowed to practise. The HPCSA as a statutory body is required to act in accordance with the establishing statute, namely the Health Professions Act No. 56 of 1974 which requires that Dental Assistants should register with the HPCSA if they are to practise View Document