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Roles and Responsibilities of Supervisor


All Oral Health Therapists (OHTs) under Part II of the register must work under the supervision of a Fully Registered Division I dentist.  Clinics which employ Oral Health Therapists (OHTs) under Part II of the OHT register must ensure that a Supervisor is appointed and approved by Singapore Dental Council.

As an employer of OHTs under Part II of the OHT Register, please ensure that your supervisee(s) are being supervised at work at all times.

Employers are required to submit the Letter of Undertaking and Curricula Vitae of all nominated supervisors to Council for approval.
Letter of Undertaking for Supervisors of Part II OHTs [PDF, 185KB]

In the event that the supervisor is away, the following guidelines would apply:

a)    If assigned supervisor is away for less than 30 days, the clinic should ensure another Division 1 dentist is assigned to oversee work of OHT and

b)    If assigned supervisor is away for 30 days or more, the clinic should re-nominate and seek approval for a new supervisor to be assigned to the OHT.

For any change of supervisor(s), the clinic must inform Council at least 1-month in advance and resubmit the Letter of Undertaking and CVs of the newly appointed supervisor(s) for Council’s approval.




A supervisor must:

i)             be a registered Division I dentist on Full-Registration and

ii)            have at least 5 years’ post-BDS experience and

iii)            work in the same clinic premises as his/her supervisee


Responsibilities of supervisor

The supervisor should:

      i.        provide proper guidance and training to the supervisee in the various areas of practice of dentistry during the period of his/her registration;

    ii.        ensure periodic discussions/meetings with the supervisee so as to review his or her progress and make assessment of his or her practical training.

   iii.        ensure that the conduct and practice of the supervisee adheres to the regulations and guidelines of the Council, and is befitting of the dental profession;

   iv.        report to the SDC immediately if the OHT is considered unsafe to practise in his/her current place of practice;

    v.        submit to the Council, via online submission, the Supervisor’s yearly assessment report of the supervisee.

Please note that the supervisory report will determine if the registered OHT is able to perform his/her duties satisfactorily. The supervisor should exercise due diligence when completing the report for the OHT under his/her charge. Please complete every section of the report.

In the event that a supervisor is unable to continue his supervisory duties for the full period whilst the OHT is under Part II of the register, he/she should inform Council immediately and Council will write to the clinic to re-nominate a new supervisor.


Director/Head of Department (HOD)

Responsibilities of Director/Head of Department (HOD)

The Director/HOD should:

i)     countersign the supervisory report;

ii)    report to the SDC immediately if the OHT  is considered unsafe to practise in his/her current place of practice.

iii)   state on the supervisory report if any complaint/adverse feedback was received on the supervisee.


Assessment Reports

Assessments will be sent online from SDC to the supervisors for their assessment during every:

- End of December

- End of assessment period

Please click here [PDF, 338KB] on instructions for submission of Supervisory Reports online.