The previous guidance in this area was put in place during the transitional period for dental care professionals – meaning they could register with the GDC without having a formal qualification. This ran from 31 July 2006 to 30 August 2008.

Since then, what was meant by the term ‘in-training’ has been reviewed and new guidance has now been agreed.

Anyone employing trainee or student dental nurses or dental technicians should make themselves familiar with it.

The guidance contains a number of key points, including what defines a student/trainee dental nurse or dental technician:

They are either:

1. Employed and enrolled or waiting to start on a recognised programme that will lead to GDC registration

2. Studying on a recognised programme that leads directly to GDC registration.

The full guidance document can be found on the GDC website –