The New Zealand Cosmetic Teeth Whitening Association [NZCTWA] is a MOH recognised Self - Regulating trade group devoted to protecting public safety

Dealing with a NZCTWA Registered Teeth Whitening Practitioner displaying NZCTWA Certification is your assurance that you're dealing with a trained, qualified and safe Cosmetic Teeth Whitening Practitioner or vendor who takes a pride in the quality of their service and care

NZCTWA members THEORY training for Certified Practitioner Registration


Because of the variety of systems, the New Zealand Cosmetic Teeth Whitening Association (NZCTWA) does not Provide PRACTICAL Training for newcomers into the industry OR, to anyone who does not have DENTIST grade Professional Equipment;


The Registered Practitioners training offered by the NZCTWA is solely for those already in the industry who are paid up Members of the NZCTWA, or those who wish to join the Association and become a NZCTWA Registered Practitioner… BECOME A MEMBER

Therefore, to become a NZCTWA Registered Practitioner you need to complete FOUR non-negotiable requirements.

1/ You are a paid up member of the NZCTWA
2/ You Complete the NZCTWA THEORY Training program and pass a 30-question Knowledge Review

3/ Provide evidence that you have been PROFESSIONALLY trained ‘Hands-On’ in the PRACTICAL safe use of your machine and gel application (consistent with NZ Law) by your equipment supplier, or an authorised NZCTWA professional trainer.
4/ You must have DENTIST GRADE professional equipment, rather than some ‘toy’ LED system bought off the internet. 

If you are new to the Industry, or just wanting to get started, no problem, NZ based Training School for newcomers.

Because we have seen some very serious outcomes as a result of poor training, we strongly advise you not to buy any equipment from any supplier who does not provide such ‘one-to-one’ personal training & mentoring. 

Note: Hands on mentored training is a compulsory requirement for NZCTWA Practitioner Registration.

We consider DVD/Video/workbook/over-the-phone training is unsatisfactory and professionally inadequate as there are serious teeth and mouth conditions you need to be shown by an experienced professional trainer and taught what to do.

This is because there are numerous ‘cheap toy’ LED systems touted on the internet, some no more effective than shining an LED torch in someone’s mouth and expecting good results; therefore, not only a total waste of your money, but also, poor results will taint your business.

Moreover, in our experience, only a few such suppliers give adequate training in the use of their system and this has been a cause of client complaints – THIS TAINTS THE ENTIRE INDUSTRY

That is why to become a NZCTWA Registered Practitioner your supplier must be able to supply you with a SUPPLIERS TRAINING CERTIFICATE.

Your Practical Training MUST be MENTORED in person by an NZCTWA Authorised Supplier, or Trainer.

See >> A Guide to Buying Teeth Whitening Equipment



1/ THEORY > A Self Study course in the theory and practice of professional cosmetic teeth whitening followed by a 30-question knowledge review.
The NZCTWA Cosmetic Teeth Whitening Registered Practitioner Training Course is designed to provide members with comprehensive professional training in the theory knowledge and practice of SAFE Cosmetic Teeth Whitening

2/ PRACTICAL > The onus is upon your equipment or franchise supplier to provide ‘hands-on’ practical training & mentoring in the safe use of their equipment and Whitening Gels consistant with NZ Law.
Following their training they must supply certification to the NZCTWA that you have been adequately trained qualified to safely use the equipment and whitening gel system they have provided you with.

Once the NZCTWA Cosmetic Teeth Whitening Practitioners course has been completed to the satisfaction of Association’ s Executive Training administrator, the member may become registered with the NZCTWA as a “NZCTWA Registered Cosmetic Teeth Whitening Practitioner”

The Theory Training

  • How Cosmetic Teeth Whitening Works
  • An overview of the science and technology behind cosmetic teeth whitening
  • Anatomy of a tooth
  • Understanding the oral cavity as it relates to cosmetic tooth whitening
  • Risks, side effects and safety controls
  • Common Staining Types and how to treat them
  • Identifying Cracked Teeth, compromised fillings, crowns, veneers & cavities
  • Identifying Gum diseases such as Gingivitis, Periodontitis and the like
  • Teeth Sensitivity; How to control and eliminate any discomfort
  • Treatment Procedures and protocols
  • Overview of Cosmetic Teeth Whitening Systems and Materials
  • Carbamide Peroxide vs Hydrogen Peroxide
  • DIY home bleaching kits
  • Informed Consent forms
  • Identifying unsuitable clients
  • Saliva Control
  • Post Procedure Care and Maintenance; 24-hour White Diet
  • Storing The Whitening Gel
  • Hygiene/Cross Infection Control
  • Communication with your client
  • NZCTWA Code Of Professional Conduct and Safe Practice

At the end of the course:
You will be awarded a framed NZCTWA Certificate of Training to hang on your clinic wall AND a Certificate of Registration and its logo to use with your marketing

Media Release 29th Aug 2011 – NZ First to Register Independent Teeth Whitening Practitioners

PRACTITIONERS following their induction at the New Zealand Cosmetic Teeth Whitening Associations special award ceremony held in Auckland on Saturday 27th August 2011.
NZCTWA Secretary and Training & Compliance Practitioner Training & Compliance Executive Mr Bruce Forlong (Bottom 3rd from RHS)
President Mr JJ Joshi (Bottom centre); Vice President Mr Matt Mc Farlane (Bottom 3rd from LHS)

Find Out More about NZCTWA Training and Training Resources –
Join the NZCTWA –

Member Application
A Guide to Membership
A Guide to Practitioner Registration
A Guide to Practitioner Training

In New Zealand, the NZ Governments Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) (formerly ERMA) has established Public Safety Standards for the Cosmetic Teeth Whitening products suppliers and practitioners of our industry
- see NZCTWA media release and full ERMA Public Safety Rules.
- New Zealand Law


Dealing with a NZCTWA Registered Teeth Whitening Practitioner displaying NZCTWA Registration is your assurance that you’re dealing with a professionally trained, qualified and safe Cosmetic Teeth Whitening Practitioner who takes a pride in the quality of their service and care.

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