From the 7th April 2017 until 7th October 2017 (6 months) all dental assistants who have experience but who do not have a qualification can apply to the HPCSA Professional Board for Dental Assisting, Dental Therapy and Oral Hygiene for registration as a Dental Assistant with a limited period of registration. Thereafter they would have two years in which to write and pass a Board exam. Upon successful completion of the exam, dental assistants will be able to register with the HPCSA indefinitely, but will not be awarded a qualification.
The above information is also applicable to the candidates who fall under the Grandfather clause. This extension is as a result of the decreased number of applicants that undertook the Dental Assisting board exam under the Grandfather clause between the period 2010 and 2016. Initially ±2000 had registered, but only 545 candidates utilized the opportunity to write. Due to the low uptake for the Board exam, the Board has decided to keep the Grandfather clause exam on-going alongside the new registrations.
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