WILL I GET LETTERS AFTER MY NAME?
Yes. The award is formally accredited by the regulated UK awarding body, EduQual, as a Level 7 postgraduate qualification. You would be entitled to use the letters PGCert (Dent Imp) after your name upon successful completion of the program.
WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?
You must be a licensed dentist in Australia or New Zealand with at least 12 months experience in dental practice or dental hospital. You must have proof of your Hepatitis B status and professional indemnity insurance.
DOES THE PRACTICAL SKILLS WEEK INCLUDE ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD?
The Practical Skills Week includes lunch for each day. Accommodation is not included. If you are not familiar with the area, we can advise on suitable local accommodation.
DOES THE COURSE MEET ANY SPECIFIC STANDARDS?
Yes, the course teaches the syllabus approved by the Faculty of General Dental Practice (FGDP) at the Royal College of Surgeons of England. The PGCert is a formal postgraduate qualification that is accredited by the regulated UK awarding body, EduQual, allowing use of the letters PGCert (Dent Imp) after your name.
WHAT ARE THE COURSE'S AIMS & OBJECTIVES?
Our aim is to take dentists, with little or no previous implant experience, and provide a high level of training to enable these practitioners to safely and confidently provide straightforward implant treatment in their own practice. Our experience shows that experienced practitioners also dramatically extend their knowledge and skills through our PGDip program.
WHAT IS THE COST?
The training program costs A$17,300 plus GST. A 12 month payment plan option of $1699 per month, or an 8 month payment plan of $2399 per month are available. Clinical Treatment costs of the Clinical Cases Module are covered by the patient and forwarded to the case's Clinical Tutor or Accredited Local Mentor who supervises and guides the cases, unless the student is eligible for exemption from direct supervision due to sufficient prior experience (a minimum of 20 cases placed and restored). In such cases, the Tutor still mentors, guides and remotely supervises your progress.
WHAT IS EDUQUAL?
EduQual is a regulated UK awarding body, approved by SQA-Accreditation, a globally-recognised national qualifications framework aligned to other recognised frameworks such as the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and the Ofqual Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).
WHO IS THE CAMBRIDGE ACADEMY OF DENTAL IMPLANTOLOGY?
The Cambridge Academy of Dental Implantology (UK) is an established and reputable provider of accredited Level 7 postgraduate qualifications in dental implantology under the Directorship Dr Stuart Ellis. It provides the Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) program and the Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) program/award, accredited by the internationally recognised UK postgraduate awarding body EduQual, in delivery partnership with The Implant Institute, Pert WA.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE IMPLANT INSTITUTE IN THE PGCERT & PGDIP?
The Practical Skills Week and Clinical Cases of the PGCert and PGDip are delivered in Australia under the direction of Cambridge Academy of Dental Implantology's Australian Program Director and Deputy Chief Examiner, Dr Misagh Habibi and Academy of The Implant Institute.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE MY CLINICAL CASES?
You have up to 2 years to complete your supervised clinical cases (extensions beyond two years are feasible and incur an administration fee). A minimum of three cases must be performed (planning, surgery and restoration) to satisfaction. There is opportunity to progress into Year 2 of the PGDip program without having yet completed your Cases in Year 1. In the PGDip, there are further case requirements and these are graded.
HOW ARE CASES SUPERVISED FOR THE CLINICAL COMPONENT?
There needs to be direct supervision (in attendance) by a Course Tutor of The Implant Institute (in Perth, Brisbane or Sydney), or an Accredited Local Mentor. You can nominate a suitably experienced Local Mentor in any Australian locality, to be approved for accreditation by the Director of the Implant Institute. Exemption for supervision can be obtained by suitably experienced dentists.
I HAVE EXPERIENCE IN IMPLANT DENTISTRY. DO I STILL NEED PERSONAL SUPERVISION FOR MY CASES?
If you have experience with a minimum of 20 cases that can pass our accreditation criteria (by submission), then you can apply for exemption from personal supervision under the APEL scheme (Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning). In this case, you can have each stage of treatment approved and supervised remotely by our Program Director or a Module Director.
HOW MUCH STUDY DOES THE PGCERT INVOLVE?
On average, you should expect to undertake approximately 6-8 hours per week study (reading, posting on the online platform, etc.) As this is online, it can be spread to suit you over the week. The PGCert in total, is 600 notional hours (the learning time that it would take an average learner to meet the outcomes) including 200 CPD hours. These figures are inclusive of all Elements, ie. Element 1 (Online Theory), Element 2 (Practical Skills) and Element 3 (Clinical). It is our experience that Element 1 (Online Theory) requires on average above 6 hours per week for the average student to meet the required study and assessment submissions, whilst Element 3 on average requires considerably less.
AM I ABLE TO CONTINUE TO THE POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN DENTAL IMPLANTOLOGY?
PGCert (Dent Imp) students are able to move directly into Year 2 of the PGDip (Dent Imp) program under the Approved Prior Learning scheme (APL). Yr 1 (PGCert) Theory modules would need to be completed with a pass grade. Practical Skills Week must be completed or scheduled, and Yr 1 clinical cases can roll over into Year 2 of the PGDip.
I ALREADY HAVE EXPERIENCE IN DENTAL IMPLANTOLOGY. IS THIS COURSE SUITABLE FOR ME?
This course is well suited to dentists with little (or even no) previous experience of dental implantology. Some registrants are experienced implant dentists and wish to gain a formal postgraduate qualification or award. For experienced implant dentists we recommend that after the PGCert, which is an introductory program, they can progress into Year 2 of PGDip which ideally suits their experience level. The PGDip (Dent Imp) will be offered in Australia in 2021 (Year 2) as a progression opportunity for the PGCert cohort in 2020. At this time, there is no plan to provide a separate PGDip offering, as the first year of the PGDip program is technically the same as the PGCert.
HOW MUCH CPD WILL I GAIN?
The PGCert involves 600 notional hours (the learning time that it would take an average learner to meet the outcomes) including an official 200 hours Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
WHEN IS THE NEXT INTAKE?
The next intake for the PGCert (Dent Imp) program (or Year 1 of PGDip) commences online on September 21st 2021. The Practical Skills Week will be held from March 28th to May 2nd, 2022. Enrolments will close August 6th, or when all spots are filled. Late enrolments cannot be accepted.