The Diploma of Dental Technology outlines the national standards for skills development in dental technology and reflects the role of Dental Technicians. Under the direction of the Dental Industry Reference Committee (IRC) SkillsIQ is undertaking training package development work to ensure the Diploma of Dental Technology includes skills for working with computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM). The Dental IRC, along with the broader industry, have identified these skills as critical in a contemporary dental laboratory.
The development of Draft 1 has occurred under the direction of the Dental Technology Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). A committee of industry experts who provide industry advice and input, on behalf of the sector, to inform the development of training package products.
The Dental Technology TAC operates under the direction of the Dental IRC. IRC members have ultimate and final decision making authority regarding business case and training package development.
To address the identified skills gaps, within the existing qualification, it was deemed appropriate to develop two standalone units of competency, one for CAD and one for CAM. A key focus of development work has been ensuring that units of competency and associated assessment requirements are written in a manner that allows adaptability and flexibility in response to technology developments.
Consultation activities and timelines
National consultation on Draft 1 will occur 4th September – 6th October 2017. During this period input will be sought on proposed new draft units of competency and associated assessment requirements.
During this time SkillsIQ will be meeting with industry stakeholders, employers and subject matter experts. If you have expertise in these areas and would like to meet with SkillsIQ please make contact.
Following the close of the consultation period, feedback received will be collated and evaluated. This feedback will inform the development of Draft 2, which will be made publically available for validation prior to the submission for endorsement.
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SkillsIQ will be hosting two webinars to give an overview of Draft 1 and how you can provide feedback. To register click on the link below:
Webinar One: 9:30 - 10:30am 20 September 2017
Webinar Two: 2:30 - 3:30pm 28 September 2017