Now in its 25th year, Ucer Education’s Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Implant Dentistry (EduQual Level 7) teaches clinicians how to incorporate implant treatment into their practices safely and with confidence using the most documented and proven implant systems. The one-year dental implant course is a vocationally-related PG Cert qualification accredited and awarded by EduQual (level 7), an established UK awarding body. The Ucer Education team has accumulated years of teaching and research experience as well as gaining a European reputation for developing the framework for clinical teaching dental implantology and training the trainers in this field.


The dental implant course is exclusively designed to provide clinicians with the theoretical and practical skills required to perform dental implants to the highest standard, either from a surgical and restorative or just a restorative perspective. The aim is to teach and train dentists to gain full clinical competence needed for the provision of safe and satisfactory dental implant treatment to their patients.

Who is this course for?

As an academic course followed by mentored clinical training on patients provided by our postgraduate institute, it is especially suitable for GDPs looking to gain the skills necessary to move forward into implant dentistry. The “PG Cert in Implant Dentistry” qualification is particularly suitable for those who do not have access to implant patients at their practices. The course is an invaluable opportunity for both the newly qualified or experienced GDPs who may be looking to develop a private dental practice or to develop a substantial implant referral practice in the future.

Why this course?

  • PG Cert in Implant Dentistry is an academic course accredited by Eduqual (Eduqual Level 7) which is followed by mentored clinical training on patients provided by our postgraduate institute
  • Gain core knowledge and skills in implant dentistry with reference to different implant systems taught by a team of recognised trained educators & specialists with international reputation in implant dentistry
  • Develop core clinical skills in restorative and surgical implant dentistry under the supervision of Prof. Cemal Ucer
  • Develop skills in using the full digital workflow from interpreting CBCT scans to using intra-oral scanners, Implant Studio (3 Shape) 3D planning, Navident real-time navigation surgery, fully guided surgery and 3D printing
  • Receive clinical training in one of the most advanced postgraduate implant training hospitals in Europe with futuristic facilities to lead you into the emerging digital era
  • Begin to develop your lifelong clinical portfolio under supervision of trained mentors
  • Prepare for, under our guidance, and sit the highly sought after qualification of PG Dip in Implant Dentistry of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh
  • Learn from the team that has been setting the standards in the provision and teaching of implant dentistry in the UK for more than two decades, with more than 15,000 implants placed/restored
  • Benefit from the state-of-the-art clinical facilities of the ICE Mentee School and treat patients provided by ICE Hospital
  • Implant treatment will be demonstrated extensively by Prof. Cemal Ucer including single, partial and multiple implants, immediate implants, immediate loading, GBR, Bone Grafting, Bar/overdentures, vestibuloplasty etc.
  • Learn how to promote implant therapy, prepare acceptable treatment plans and how to communicate these with patients and colleagues

Course Leader

The course is led by Prof. Cemal Ucer BDS, MSc, PhD, FDTFEd., Specialist Oral Surgeon, a highly-regarded authority on implant education and co-author of the GDC/FGDP training standards, alongside a faculty of highly trained and experienced professionals. He is a fellow of the Faculty of Dental Trainers of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the British Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

Find out more about Prof. Ucer.

Course outline – a structured pathway to a postgraduate qualification

The 12-day course, run over 12 months, covers all aspects of implant dentistry and has been designed to fulfil the requirements of the GDC/FGDP Training Standards in Implant Dentistry (2016) that any dental practitioner carrying out implant dentistry in the UK should undertake before embarking upon patient care in this discipline.

Having trained over 1,000 dentists, Ucer Education understands the important role mentoring plays for those starting out in implant dentistry. Under expert supervision delegates undergo a series of lectures by renowned speakers, seminars, tutorials and hands-on practical sessions including a Clinical Day. Delegates also undertake literature reviews, learn the surgical and restorative principles of implant dentistry and perform live surgical procedures and restorative stages of treatment, all under the supervision of dedicated mentors.

Course modules

Covering everything from basic surgical techniques, patient assessment, treatment planning, advanced hard and soft tissue techniques, bone grafting through to laboratory and technical procedures, our multi-technique teaching approach ensures a fully rounded learning opportunity. The curriculum fulfils all the learning objectives necessary to prepare a candidate looking to undertake further postgraduate education such as the Diploma in Implant Dentistry RCS Ed, MSc in Dental Implantology or MSc in Digital Dentistry. The course provides a revision day for those who intend to sit the PG Dip in Implant Dentistry examination at RCS Ed.

This course conforms to Association of Dental Education in Europe (ADEE) consensus guidelines produced by the ADEE 1st and 2nd Pan European workshops in undergraduate and postgraduate education in implant dentistry (2008, 2014) and the FGDP/GDC Training Standards in Implant Dentistry (TSID 2012 & 2016).

This course complies with GDC CPD requirements (for 70 hrs CPD in Total).

Click here for the 2022-2023 course timetable

Day 1 – 11th May 2022
Introduction to implant dentistry
Factors necessary for successful osseointegration
The indication for dental implants in restorative dental practice.
Prof Cemal Ucer, Specialist Oral Surgeon, Postgraduate Studies in Dental Implantology, University of Salford

Day 2 – June 2022
Principles and foundation of surgical implant dentistry I
Hands-on practical skills development – workshop I.
General principles of flap design, implant & oral surgery and suturing
Dr Karl Walker-Finch BDS, MSc in Dental Implantology

Day 3 – July 2022
Principles and foundation of surgical implant Dentistry II
Hands-on practical skills development with special reference to Megagen System- workshop II
Matt Lawler, BDS, MSc Senior lecturer and Implant Mentor, ICE Hospital

Day 4 – September 2022
Advanced hard and soft tissue regenerative
Techniques in implant dentistry
Hands-on skills development workshop on pigs heads incl. piezzo surgical technique
Speaker: Miss Ulpee Darbar, BDS, FDS RCS, FHEA – Consultant in Restorative Dentistry and Director of Education, Eastman Dental Hospital, London

Day 5 – October 2022
Restorative Implant Treatment Planning II
Restorative Hands-on skills development workshop with reference to Megagen Implant System.
Mr Matt Lawler BDS MSc Private Practice

Day 6 – November 2022
Principles and foundations of implant surgery with reference to Neoss System
Dr Lloyd Searson, BDS, MS (Univ. of Michigan), FDS.RCS(Eng), Consultant and Specialist in Restorative Dentistry

Day 7 – December 2022
Restorative Treatment Planning III
Patient assessment and Treatment Planning workshop
Dr Andrew Shelley PhD MSc BDS MFGDP (UK) FDS RCSED, Dip Rest Dent RCS Eng, Specialist in Prosthodontics

Day 8 – January 2023
Restorative treatment and Provisionalisation in Implant Dentistry
Advanced restorative implant techniques. Long term provisionalisation. Restorative Design and treatment options. Hands on Workshop: provional restoration design and manufacture.
Matt Lawler, BDS, MSc Senior lecturer and Implant Mentor, ICE Hospital

Day 9 – February 2023
Assessment of bone atrophy and defect classification
Hard and soft tissue grafting techniques & materials
Hands on preclinical skills development workshop on pigs-heads/deer heads
Application of PRF and PRG regenerative technology in implant dentistry
Supported by Geistlich Biomaterials
Prof Cemal Ucer, Specialist Oral Surgeon

Day 10 – February 2023
Diagnostic Imaging, CBCT analysis and interpretation
Intra-oral scanning techniques and digital workflow including 3D printing and surgical guide design
Introduction to surgical navigation techniques
Prof Cemal Ucer, Specialist Oral Surgeon

Day 11 – 1st March 2023
Assessment Day: Oral case presentations
Examiners: Education faculty
Results & feedback
End of course
Prof C Ucer

Day 12 – April 2023
Introduction to clinics; Human Factors in Implant Dentistry and risk management
Speaker: Professor Simon Wright, MBE, BDS MSc FHEA FDTFEd

Course completion

On completion of your training you will be able to:

  • Develop clinical skills and experience by placing and restoring implants at our ICE Mentee School of Implant Dentistry in Salford Quays, in conjunction with experienced and trained local mentors who will be introduced from a wide network of regional mentors.
  • Treat patients, provided by the Mentee School or your own patients (by prior arrangement).
  • Develop skills in using ground-breaking new techniques which have been recently introduced such as the a-PRF autologous growth factors and simplified bone grafting including Botiss Bone Ring and allograft CBCT Bone Builder techniques. The revolutionary full CBCT and IOS based Digital Workflow and minimally invasive computer guided surgical implant placement including Navident navigation surgery, will be taught by experts at the ICE National Reference Centre for Digital Dentistry.
  • Develop and enhance your clinical skills, complete your personal development and clinical portfolio in implant dentistry and prepare to sit the PG Dip in Implant Dentistry exam at RCS Ed.
  • Using a proven and documented world leader implant system, you will learn core implant techniques and protocols including immediate implant treatment, single and multiple tooth reconstructions, guided bone regeneration and bone grafting, membrane fixation systems, augmentation materials, implant/bar retained overdenture treatment, soft and hard tissue grafting techniques, flap design and maintenance protocols.
  • Encouraged and supported to take up further academic training in implantology by enrolling on a recognised PGDiploma/MSc programme or sit the examination for PG Dip in Implant Dentistry of FRCS Ed. It gives us a particular pleasure to see that, in recent years, dozens of our course participants have gained higher degrees such as diploma/MSc’s in implant dentistry at recognised UK Universities. A preparatory induction day and a revision day will be available for those who wish to sit the RCSEd Dip in Implant Dentistry examination.
  • Eligible for the membership of British Institute of Reconstructive Dentistry (BIORD).

What does the Postgraduate Certificate in Implant Dentistry Course entail?

The GDC has stipulated that UK graduate dentists should complete a structured postgraduate course in implant dentistry followed by formal assessment before undergoing clinical training under the supervision of a mentor (TSID/FGDP, 2016). As a first step towards gaining the required clinical competence in implant dentistry, the Postgraduate Certificate in Implant Dentistry qualification provides the necessary theoretical education to fulfil these requirements. At the second stage, after completion of the theoretical education, the trainee implant dentist progresses to structured weekly/monthly clinical training by treating patients provided by the Mentee School under the supervision of a trained mentor. Whilst the Masters courses are heavily based on theory, the Postgraduate Certificate in Implant Dentistry qualification puts the main emphasis on actual clinical training. The trainees develop their competence by treating a variety of cases under different scenarios at the Mentee School, yet avoid making mistakes by working under the close supervision of their mentors.

What tangible benefits do you gain at the end of the course?

The learner is awarded a Level 7 qualification of “PG Certificate in Implant Dentistry”. On completing the clinical training at the Mentee School and a full portfolio of cases, the trainee receives a certificate of competence in implant dentistry and is coached and tutored to sit the prestigious PG Diploma examination at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Some trainees then progress to gain an MSc in Implant Dentistry by extending their studies.

How many patients does the course provide?

There is no limit to the number of patients/cases a learner can complete during the clinical training stages, although typically most mentees place and restore a minimum of 10 implants. If desired, the attendance at the Mentee School can be extended on a monthly basis until the mentor and mentee are happy that full clinical competence has been achieved.

What are the course fees?

The Certificate course fee is £575 per month (12-month course). Mentee School fee is £650 per month (x 10 months; no other expenses involved in treating patients under supervision).

Who are the mentors?

The clinical training is undertaken under the full supervision of Professor Cemal Ucer (a fellow of the Faculty of dental trainers RCSEd) and mentors with many years of experience. The role of the clinical mentor and the structured mentoring process is crucial for developing full competence in implant dentistry.

What implant systems are used during clinical training?

The Certificate course is taught in the most generic form possible, with reference to the most evidence-based and proven implant systems. This improves consistency, reliability, success and general support for the learners.

Where does the training take place?

As education and training should take place in a dedicated environment conducive to learning, the Postgraduate Certificate in Implant Dentistry course and clinical training take place in one of the most advanced and purpose-built dental implant hospitals in Europe. The ICE Hospital houses the ICE Postgraduate Institute & Mentee School and the ICE National Reference Centre for Digital Dentistry.

What else does the course cover?

Students are trained to use a full digital work flow using extra and intra-oral digital scanning, 3Shape Implant Studio surgical guide design and 3D printing, as well as real-time Navident dynamic navigation technology.

Where is ICE Postgraduate Institute & Hospital Based?

The hospital is based in Salford Quays in Manchester near the world-renowned MediaCityUK. Salford Quays is directly connected to the M602 motorway and to Manchester city centre and the airport via the Metrolink. The ICE Hospital offers 80 private car parking spaces free of charge.


  1. Assessment of knowledge and competencies related to implant dentistry in undergraduate and postgraduate university education. Mattheos, Ucer et al (2009)
  2. European J of Dental Education and GDC Training Standards in Implant Dentistry (2008; 2012) Continuing professional development in implant dentistry in Europe. Ucer et al. Eur J Dent Educ 18 (Suppl. 1) (2014) 33-42
  3. Training Standards in Implant Dentistry, FGDP (2012, 2016)

5 modules across 12 Days
Commences 11th November 2020

70 hours eCPD

£575 incl per day

ICE Hospital, Manchester

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