Assessment pathway

This specialist registration pathway is available for applicants who hold a qualification in one the following specialties:

  • public health dentistry (community dentistry).

There is no current approved program for these specialties in Australia.

Under this pathway, an applicant’s qualification is assessed against specific criteria to determine whether this qualification is relevant to the specialty. The applicant is also required to successfully complete an assessment.

What are the criteria used for the assessment of my qualification?

The criteria are:

  1. The qualification specifically prepares graduates for practice in a single specialty and follows completion of a minimum of a 4 year qualification in general dentistry. 
  2. The qualification is, at the time the application is made, recognised for specialist registration by a dental regulatory authority. 
  3. The education institution where the applicant studied was externally accredited during the period when he or she undertook their studies. That is, during the time the applicant studied the education institution must have been:
    • subject to regular review by an external quality assurance agency 
    • registered or accredited by that agency.
  4. The program of study was externally accredited and provided successful graduates with a qualification in the dental specialty for which the applicant is applying for registration in. That is, during the time the applicant undertook the program of study:
    • the program of study must have been subject to regular review within a system of external accreditation implemented by the relevant dental regulatory authority or agency and
    • the program of study must have been accredited or recognised by that authority or agency, and 
    • the system of external accreditation included the application of accreditation standards specific to dental specialist education that are comparable to the current dental accreditation standards and system in Australia.

What is the assessment?

You must complete a self-assessment against each competency listed in the entry-level competencies for the specialty you are applying for. You need to provide evidence to support your assessment for each of the competencies.

Self-assessment template forms for each specialty are available below.

What documents do I need to provide?

You need to complete and submit:

  • the application form ASCA-20 together with the documents listed in this form, and 
  • your self-assessment (see below for template form).

What are the possible outcomes of this pathway?

Your qualification may be assessed by the Board as:

  • relevant to the specialty, or 
  • not relevant to the specialty.

And you may:

  • successfully complete the assessment, or 
  • fail the assessment.

You must have a qualification relevant to the specialist and successfully complete the assessment to be considered as qualified for registration in the specialty.

What else is required to apply for specialist registration?

Along with your qualification being assessed, your eligibility for specialist registration will be assessed. You must meet the requirements set out in the Board’s Specialist registration standard. These requirements include that you have:

Once your application and supporting documents are assessed, the Board can decide to:

  1. grant you specialist registration 
  2. grant you specialist registration subject to condition(s), or 
  3. refuse to grant you specialist registration.

Before deciding to grant specialist registration subject to condition(s) or to refuse specialist registration, your will receive a notice stating the reasons for the Board’s proposal and inviting you to make a submission to the Board about what is proposed.

Document name PDF Accessible format Date of effect
Application for specialist registration - For a competence assessment - ASCA-20 PDF (774KB)   1 July 2016 
Self assessment form for public health (community dentistry) PDF (280KB) Word version 
1 July 2016 
Page reviewed 8/08/2017