Course Overview

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The Certificate of Competence in Oral Health Education and Promotion is suitable for registered dental nurses (including orthodontic nurses) who want to provide oral health education and promotion – in clinic and in community (schools, care homes etc.) – unsupervised and as part of direct access. The certificate is an alternative to the NEBDN qualification and was developed to provide more affordable and accessible oral health training for registered dental nurses. The theory is the same for both but the Record of Competence and certificate is different.

The certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of Modules 1-7, two online tests and the Record of Competence (RoC). It enables oral health educators to work unsupervised. This includes direct access oral health sessions with patients.

Entry requirements

Become certified in 6 - 12 months

Who should apply?

You should only enrol for this course if you are employed, qualified, registered, indemnified and:

  1. Are able to meet the  record of competence requirements - see below.
  2. Have access to a computer and the internet;
  3. Are passionate about promoting good oral health.

Record of Competence

The aim of completing this Record of Competence (RoC) is to demonstrate your ability to provide oral health education and promotion to a range of patients on a variety of oral health topics, both within the dental practice and in the wider community.

Learning objectives

By the time you have completed the RoC, you will:

  1. Be confident in providing appropriate oral health advice to a range of patients, on a range of topics, in a one-to-one session.

  2. Be confident in providing oral health promotion in a group setting.

  3. Be able to identify barriers to good oral health faced by patients and patient groups, and be knowledgeable on ways of overcoming these barriers.

  4. Be able to create your own resources for use in oral health promotion.

RoC sections

The RoC consists of the following five parts:

  • Part 1 – In clinic OHE appointments.

  • Part 2 – Display.

  • Part 3 – Resources.

  • Part 4 – Group sessions. 

  • Part 5 – Course feedback and signed/completed witness list. 

RoC instructions

General dental practice

OHE ROC Instructions .pdf

Specialist orthodontic practice only

OHE_ROC_Instructions_Orthodontic Nurses.pdf

Enrolment Dates

A six-month course

The estimated completion time for the course is 6 months. You have a maximum of 12 months to complete the course. 


Melanie Pomphrett MSc, Fdsc, RDH, PTLLS, PG Cert.

Head Tutor

Melanie is a registered dental hygienist, qualified tutor and recently completed a Masters degree. She is the head tutor and one of the support tutors for the course. Melanie is passionate about dental education and is a dedicated tutor.

Stephanie Carter RDT, RDH, DTLLS, IQA, MDTFEd.

Tutor, Assessor and Internal Moderator

Stephanie is a registered dental hygienist and therapist and holds a level 5 teaching diploma. She is a qualified assessor, internal moderator (quality assurance) and a qualified CPR and medical emergencies trainer. She is a passionate educator, a member of the faculty of dental trainers and has over 18 years experience in the dental industry.

Hilary Urry RDN


Hilary holds a foundation degree in Advanced Dental Nursing (University of Kent) and is seriously passionate about her role as assessor for the oral health education course. She is an excellent support and guide for students and is there to help you pass your assessments.

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