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Continued Professional Development for dentists

Dental training

The workforce development and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses, events, activities, and initiatives in this section are open to:

  • NHS practitioners (GDS)
  • Community Dental Service (CDS)
  • Dental Care Professionals (DCPs) who work alongside dentists to deliver NHS dental services
  • Non-NHS General Dental Practitioners (GDPs) – fees apply.

You must live and work in Wales to participate.


What we offer

Opportunities to develop with us include:

  • Dental simulation (hands-on)
  • Traditional study days
  • Conferences
  • In-practice training
  • Blended learning
  • Online seminars



Every year we deliver over 200 courses and events. Through these, we award 13,000 verifiable CPD hours to help dental professionals like you, show your commitment to maintaining your knowledge and skills during your career.

You can find a list of available CPD courses on our course booking system, Maxcourse.


Quality assurance

All courses and events on these pages work within a Quality Assurance (QA) framework. This is used for commissioning, developing, delivering, and evaluating the programmes. It reflects the requirements of COPDEND QA framework for CPD, the General Dental Council and our wider strategic CPD strategy.

Some of our courses may be supported by commercial companies. However, HEIW does not endorse the products, equipment or materials provided by these companies.


General Dental Council (GDC) requirements

We strongly recommend you become familiar with the GDC guidance for CPD. This will help you understand the obligations you need to maintain registration, and requirements for the CPD scheme.

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Additional resources
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CPD programmes

Over 200 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses are available across Wales at our dedicated postgraduate centres.

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In practice training

The dental postgraduate section commissions medical emergencies and resuscitation training in your own practice.

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Developing Dental Leadership: Making Prevention Work in Practice (MPWiP)  

New Learning Management System (LMS)

The system will allow you to book online and face-to-face CPD courses and access learning material to support your work.

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NHS e-learning

The dental section of Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) is delighted to share with you a dedicated portal for Dental Primary Care Teams in Wales to access key areas of online learning to complement their Continuing Professional Development (CPD).