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Dental laboratory assistant

Assisting dental technicians, who design, make, modify and repair custom made dental devices.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


3 (equivalent to A levels at grades A to E)

Typical length
18 months
Current funding band
Up to £5,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
Entry requirements

Set by employer.

Candidates will usually have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), including English and maths.

What apprentices will learn
  • oral anatomy
  • material selection and uses
  • recognising manufacturing requirements and meeting clinical standards for custom made dental devices
  • helping technicians with the early stages of making dental devices
  • decontamination and infection control

Apprentices will achieve a level 3 Diploma in Dental Technology.

Before taking their end-point assessment, apprentices must achieve level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C).

Professional registration

On completion of this apprenticeship, the apprentice can start a higher apprenticeship.

People who complete the higher apprenticeship can register with the General Dental Council (GDC) as a qualified dental technician.

How apprentices are assessed

A government-approved organisation must assess apprentices towards the end of their apprenticeship.

This end-point assessment ensures apprentices achieve the skills, training and any qualifications necessary to complete their apprenticeship.

You can download the assessment plan from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education. There are no end-point assessment organisations for this apprenticeship yet. Please email if you urgently need an end-point assessment organisation.

More Information

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has more detailed information about this apprenticeship.