Registration of Dental Technicians in South Carolina
In accordance with Statutory Authority 1976 Code
40-15-10 et.seq, the State of South Carolina requires
registration of dental technicians who perform dental
laboratory technology in the State.
The following information and requirements for
- The S. C. State Board of Dentistry has no
reciprocal arrangement with any other jurisdiction
- No applicant shall be examined by the Board to
practice as a dental technician unless he or she
- Present such evidence of good moral
character as is required by the Board.
- High School Graduate or equivalent; complete
two (2) year course of study in a school for
dental technological work acceptable to the
Board or, in the alternative, has performed
dental technological work under the direct
supervision of a licensed dentist or registered
dental technician for a period of three (3)
- Complete the application for registration as
a dental technicians on the form furnished by
the Board at least forty-five (45) days prior to
the date of the examination. In making the
application, the applicant authorizes the Board
to verify the information contained in the
application or to seek such further information
pertinent to the applicant’s qualification or
character as the Board may deem proper.
- Pay to the Board a fee as prescribed by the
Board at the same time the application is
received by the Board. Current fee is $102.00
- The Board shall require each applicant to
successfully complete an examination before each
applicant is registered. The examination may be
given either orally, or in writing, or by requiring
a practical demonstration of the applicant’s skill,
or by any combination of such methods as the Board
may in its discretion require. Currently a written
professional (multiple-choice) test, and an
examination on the Dental Practices Act of S. C.
(given as an open book test) are administered.
Exceptions: Certified Dental Technicians are not
required to take the professional examination,
however, the examination on the State’s Dental
Practices Act must be administered. The Board
may automatically disqualify any person who may be
detected using or attempting to use any unfair
assistance during the exam.
- Re-registration of dental and orthodontic
technicians: A recent change in re-registration
became effective for 2018 covering a two year period
(2018-2019) and places a penalty for late
submission. This change requires additional
information on work performed and a signed statement
of accuracy and includes completion of eight (8)
hours of approved continuing dental education in the
past two consecutive calendar years prior to
To receive an application for registering as a
Dental Technicians contact the
SC State Board of
Dentistry at 803-896-4599 or the
Laboratory Association at 864-809-5587 for
Application and Registration Changes
The above information is taken from the SC Dental
Policies; however, the State Board of Dentistry has
recently made changes to the requirements for
registering in SC. Those changes are
(1) Certified Dental Technicians who have a valid CDT
number that is current with the National Association of
Dental Laboratories are exempt from the professional
examination as administrated by the State Board.
(2) Likewise, some of the personal information and
documents required on the application for dental
technicians may not be required from those CDT's since
such information was previously furnished and is on file
with the National Certification Board.
(3) All applicants are required to take the written
examination on the SC Dental Practices Act. This
examination is an open book examination.
Applicants are mailed the examination along with the
textbook. Only the completed examination must be
submitted to the State Board with the applicants
retaining the textbook.
(4) Currently applicants who may be required to
participate in the professional examination as
administered by the State Board are scheduled based on
individual arrangements between applicants and the State
Board of Dentistry.
The requirement for submission of applications 45
days in advance is currently held in allegiance.
Applications accepted any time.