Dental Technicians must complete 150 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) over a five-year period, 50 hours must be verifiable CPD and 100 hours non-verifiable CPD.
The GDC recommends that all Dentists and Dental Care Professionals carry out verifiable CPD in three recommended subjects as follows:
- Medical Emergencies (at least 10 hours per CPD cycle)
- Disinfection and Decontamination (at least 5 hours per CPD cycle)
- Radiography and Radiation Protection (at least 5 hours per CPD cycle)
It is recommended that all Dentists and DCPs undertake CPD in Medical Emergencies every year.
In addition, the GDC recommends that Dentists and DCPs working in a clinical environment carry out CPD (verifiable or general) to make sure they are up to date in:
- Legal & Ethical Issues
- Handing Complaints
Exceptions for Dental Technicians are that they can substitute Radiography and Radiation Protection with Materials and Equipment (at least 5 hours in every cycle) as their CPD, as the application of Radiography is not covered in the curriculum for Dental Technicians.