Oral Health Education

Where can I study? | How do I apply? | Resources Mar 19 to Mar 21 Exam Schedule

An oral health educator has an important and valuable role within a dental practice to promote good oral health care and work with patients to prevent disease. 

The main focus of the qualification is based on learning the communication skills required to educate patients about their oral health. This is the only qualification available nationally that emphasises and tests communication skills which is an important pre-requisite for Oral Health Educators.

Who is it for?

Registered dental nurses who wish to further their knowledge and specialise in Oral Health Education, enabling them to complement the role of the dental hygienist and take a more active role in the promotion of oral health, help increase sales of oral hygiene aids and promote cosmetic treatments offered by the practice.

The NEBDN Certificate in Oral Health Education is not just about developing professionally from a registered dental nurse to an Oral Health Educator. This qualification is also about growing both professionally and on a personal level; developing self-confidence and self-belief. Through enhancing your skills you will gain further respect from dentists and hygienists with whom you work as part of a team educating and improving the oral health of patients.


This qualification aims to provide you with:

  • a standardised and quality assured learning experience with one of our accredited course providers
  • an independent and objective assessment of knowledge
  • a portfolio of evidence of practical experience in the form of a detailed record of competence
  • a nationally respected qualification.

What are the benefits?

  • Our qualifications are nationally recognised and instantly understood by prospective employers.
  • Our course providers are accredited against our standards ensuring that candidates get a fully supported learning experience and the best preparation for practice.
  • Our syllabus encourages a range of learning styles to suit the individual.
  • Our formal assessment and Record of Competence are based on the best modern educational practice giving you excellent evidence of your fitness to practice.
  • Practical skills are assessed on real life activities within the workplace using objective tools to ensure a standardised approach.
  • Candidates become part of the NEBDN Alumni ensuring ongoing support, information and networking opportunities.

Entry requirements

You must:

  • be registered with the General Dental Council or the Irish Dental Council
  • be enrolled with a course provider accredited by NEBDN
  • be sufficiently fluent in written and spoken English to communicate with patients, their relatives, the dental team and other healthcare professionals in the UK
  • be able to meet the work-based clinical requirements of the Record of Competence.

Record of Competence

You are required to complete a work-based Record of Competence (RoC). There are three sections to the Record of Competence:

  • Practical Competence Assessment Sheets (PCAS)
  • Case Studies
  • Supplementary Outcomes.


This is a 90 min written examination composed of two sections:

  • Part A – 45 multiple choice questions (MCQ)
  • Part B – 30 extended matching questions (EMQ).

Examinations are held twice a year in March and September. Examination dates can be found on our website under the Qualifications section.

Award of qualification

In order to be awarded this qualification, you must:

  • complete and satisfy the requirements of the Record of Competence and
  • pass the examination.