Dental Courses

The dental postgraduate section provides a variety of courses covering all areas of dentistry, for registrants who live or work in Wales. These include dental simulation (hands-on), traditional study days, conference and online CPD. All courses provided by the section meet the GDC requirements for verifiable CPD.

Please note, some of our courses may be supported by commercial companies, however HEIW does not endorse the products, equipment or materials provided by these companies. 

GDC Requirements

The enhanced CPD scheme started on 1st January 2018 for dentists and 1st August 2018 for dental care professionals. Click here to view an interactive session with Kirstie Moons, Associate Director for Dental Team Workforce Planning and Development, which provides further information.

The main changes to the scheme are:

  • ​The requirement for all dental professionals to have a personal development plan (PDP);

  • An increase in the number of verifiable hours for most professional titles and the requirement to spread the hours more evenly across the five year cycle;

  • Dental professionals no longer have to declare non-verifiable CPD to the GDC;

  • The requirement to make an annual statement of CPD hours completed, even if zero hours have been completed for that year;

  • The requirement to align CPD activity with specific development outcomes;

  • The requirement for professionals to plan CPD activity according to their individual “field(s) of practice”.

Dental professionals are strongly advised to be familiar with the GDC's guidance document to understand their CPD obligations for maintaining registration. The guidance document gives dental professionals all the information they need to know, to understand the requirements of the CPD scheme over their CPD cycle.

The Hours Requirement 

Depending on your registrant title, you must do a certain minimum number of hours of verifiable CPD for each five year cycle, as set out below. You may continue to do non-verifiable CPD, however all hours submitted to the GDC must be verifiable.

Registrant title

Minimum hours of verifiable CPD per five year cycle 



Dental therapists


Dental hygienists


Orthodontic therapists


Clinical dental technicians


Dental nurses


Dental technicians




Development Outcome

Example of CPD content



Effective communication with patients, the dental team, and others across dentistry, including when obtaining consent, dealing with complaints, and raising concerns when patients are at risk

  • Communication skills
  • Consent
  • Complaints handling
  • Raising concerns
  • Safeguarding
  • Incident reporting


Effective management of self, and effective management of others or effective work with others in the dental team, in the interests of patients; providing constructive leadership where appropriate;

  • Effective practice management
  • Business management
  • Team working
  • Leadership skills
  • Skill mix
  • Human factor training
  • Resilience
  • Health & Safety
  • Quality Improvement


Maintenance and development of knowledge and skill within your field of practice;

  • Hands-on – endo, toothwear, perio, implant maintenance, clinical photography, Hall Crown techniques, OS updates, paediatric dentistry, etc.
  • Radiation Protection
  • IP&C
  • Oral Cancer/ Mouth cancer detection
  • CPR & Medical emergencies
  • Minimally Invasive Dentistry (MID)
  • BSP classification of perio disease
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Implant maintenance
  • Brief Intervention – smoking and alcohol cessation
  • Chronic diseases
  • Pharmacological issues
  • Pharmacy in dentistry
  • Special Care dentistry
  • Sedation updates
  • Delivering Better Oral Health/ preventive messages


Extended Duties (for DCPs)

  • RoS
  • Impression Taking
  • FV application
  • Plaque Indices
  • Post cert courses – Rad, Ortho, Sed, Sp Care; OHP


Maintenance of skills, behaviours and attitudes which maintain patient confidence in you and the dental profession and put patients’ interests first.

  • Ethical and legal issues and developments
  • Professional behaviours/ Professionalism
  • Equality and diversity training
  • Data protection & GDPR
  • Confidentiality
  • Record keeping

For a list of available CPD courses within HEIW visit our course booking system


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