Pre Registration Training Courses leading to Registration with the General Dental Council

There are various courses available throughout the South West, to prepare nurses for either the national Examining board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN) Examination or the NVQ level 3 (Oral Healthcare Nursing). Both are accepted routes for registration

Please contact the training establishment closest to your area.

While we endeavour to provide up to date information and links on this site we cannot be responsible for the information on the training provider’s sites.


Bristol Dental Hospital

National certificate day time courses.  Nikki Rogers, BDH 0117 3424189 or Gloria Kemp on 0117 3424131.  For more information click on the link to the Bristol School for DCP’S

Cornwall, Truro


Aim: To prepare candidates for the NEBDN Diploma in Dental Nursing exam

Where: The Riverside Specialist Centre, Castle Mews, 10 Castle Street, Truro  TR1 3AF

When: Monday evenings, 7.30pm - 9.00pm from 6th October 2014 to June 2015 with mock exams in September 2015. Additional sessions in January 2016 for those candidates sitting the practical part of the exam.

Cost: £750.00 (includes' Record of Experience' pack but not exam fee) and is payable in advance (this is non refundable).


Please contact the course organiser for an application form.

Ross MacRae BDS BPDS

Course Organiser

Padstow Dental Practice

18 Riverside


Cornwall PL28 8BY
Telephone. 01841 532373

Cornwall, St Austell

NVQ workbased course
Cornwall College (see entry below for more details) from the home page go to courses, then course finder, put in oral healthcare in the search key words the NVQ level 3 oral healthcare course information will appear.

Cornwall, Saltash, St Austell and Camborne

Cornwall College Dental Nurse Training 2011/12- Covering Cornwall, West Devon and Plymouth

Cornwall College are continuing to offer their successful Dental Nurse Training from Saltash, St Austell and Camborne Campuses. Encompassing the City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing the course enables Dental Nurses to gain the required accreditation to meet the mandatory registration required by the GDC.

The Dental Nursing Apprenticeship offers employers and candidates a flexible route to training. Nurses will be required to attend evening workshops, which will develop their skills and knowledge across a broad range of units. During their time off-the-job Nurses will also be required to complete Key Skills (where applicable) in Communication & Application of Number at Level 2  as well as the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Award in Workskills for Apprenticeships.  In conjunction to their College attendance nurses will be visited in the workplace by qualified assessors, who are themselves practising dental nurses, to facilitate the achievement of the competency based portfolio element of the Apprenticeship. In total the course will take no longer than 18 months to complete.

The Dental Nurse Level 3 Apprenticeship is currently fully funded for anyone aged 16 - 18. Those over 19 will incur a charge of £750*. If you would like to be considered for a place on our next course please contact your relevant Liaison Officer - East Cornwall/Devon Kirstie Stidwell (01752) 850281 or Mid/West Cornwall Ronda Haynes (01726) 226688

*This charge is subject to meeting the Apprenticeship Funding criteria

Devon, Barnstaple

CPDental Training

NEBDN National Diploma Course

PETROC Barnstaple

Commencing November 2014

Contact Cinzia at

Our ethos is to provide high quality, local, NEBDN Diploma training for student dental nurses.

With experienced DCPs as lecturers and tutors we will offer a comprehensive training package in a small, supportive class environment.

Devon, Exeter

National Certificate evening class.
Held at Pinhoe Dental Centre. Start dates: End of May and end of November
Contact Hilary Barker
Telephone. 01392 466113

National Certificate

Course January-January (evening class 6.30pm-8.30pm)

Please contact: Erica Clatworthy


Telephone: 01392 466113


Devon, Plymouth

Devon, Tiverton

West of England Dental Nurse Training

QCF Level 3, Diploma in Dental Nursing

Contact: Sharon on 07928492411, or email


Devon, Kingsbridge

Diploma in Dental Nursing, evening class held at Absolute Dental Training Centre, Duke Street Court, Kingsbridge

Contact Emma John or Diane Cox
Telephone 01548 856262
Email: & click on the Absolute Dental Training logo

Courses start March and September

Dorset, Dorchester

National Training Solutions (Diploma in Dental Nursing) & Oral Health Education

Contact Zoe Terry:, 0777 2604528

Dorset, Poole

Bournemouth & Poole college
North Road

Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 - September intake  (15 month course)
Sept 2011 - Wednesday evenings, 7pm-9pm
Contact Carol Sharps (course co-ordinator) on 07736 007590 for more information

Dorset, Shaftesbury

National Diploma in Dental Nursing

Courses start twice a year - evening course

Run through Yeovil College

Contact Zoe French 07919912668 or email

Cotswold Training (Gloucester and Swindon)

NEBDN Diploma courses held at the following venues:
Tetbury Hospital, Gloucester
The Whitminster Hotel, Gloucester

New College, Swindon

Dental Nurse Foundation Training
CPD training courses
For details contact Jackie Gazzard at or

Cotswold Dental Training
The Dental Practice
25 Tetbury Street
Gloucester  GL6 9JH
Telephone: 01453 883867

Apprenticeship Scheme

New College, Swindon

Somerset, Bath

SW Dental Nurse Training Centre
Contact: Telephone: 07548931347

The Dental Implant Clinic
24 Newbridge Road

Somerset, Bridgwater

NEBDN Diploma in Dental Nursing

Starting Tuesday 19th November 2013, 7-9pm

at Chandos House, Chandos Street, Bridgwater, Somerset  TA6 3DL

Cost £800.00

Tel: 0777 2604528

Somerset County Training

Provider to Advanced Apprentice and NVQ Oral Health
Contact Wendy Woolnough
Telephone: 01935 420067

Wiltshire, Chippenham

National Diploma in Dental Nursing

Courses start twice a year

Held in Chippenham town centre

Contact Zoe French 07919912668 or email for information

Wiltshire, Salisbury

National certificate evening class
Salisbury General Hospital
Contact: Sophie Burrow on 01722 336262 Ext 2878 or E-mail:

Wiltshire, Swindon

City and Guilds Award in Dental Nursing Apprenticeship Scheme

NEBDN Diploma in Dental Nursing

Held at New College Swindon

For further information contact Jackie Gazzard,