Certificate III in Dental Assisting

Course Code HLT35015
Campus Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details
Duration 633 hours

Course Overview

The HLT35015 Certificate III in Dental Assisting is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Dental Assistant.

The oral care industry is booming. With high demand for qualified Assistants, this is your chance to gain a qualification without the need to travel out of the region.

Skills needed to maintain high standards of infection control will be developed along with abilities to assist with administration and providing quality assistance to a Dentist.

This course is offered as a Traineeship only. You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Please note: this course is available as part of the 2019 Free TAFE Courses for eligible on-campus students.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The HLT35015 Certificate III in Dental Assisting is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Dental industry as a Dental Assistant.

Working in this industry may involve maintaining high standards of infection control, assisting with practice administration and supporting quality and professionalism in the dental sector. Dental Assistants prepare patients for dental examination and assist Dental Practitioners, Hygienists and Therapists in providing care and treatment.

Further studies
After gaining the HLT35015 Certificate III in Dental Assisting, you might wish to undertake further study in the HLT45015 Certificate IV in Dental Assisting

Sessions - Dates/Times

Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details

Attendance and Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions and participate in all practical laboratory sessions.

Course Co-ordinator

Name Leah Dridan
Location Shepparton

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 633 $6.15 $3,892.95 $10.00 $6,330.00
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 633 $1.23 $778.59 $10.00 $6,330.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee 633 $6.15 $3,892.95 $10.00 $6,330.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee Concession 633 $1.23 $778.59 $10.00 $6,330.00
Full Fee 633 $7.17 $4,538.61 N/A N/A
Course Materials 633 $0.35 $221.55 N/A N/A

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

You will receive an Indicative Fee Statement when you decide upon your course. A finalised invoice will be issued upon enrolment. Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Book Shop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your Course Information session or during the Pre-Training review Interview.

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements
There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Attend an interview
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course
  • Register with the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network
Units of Competency

HLT35015 – Core Units

HLTDEN003 – Assist with administration in dental practice
HLTDEN002 – Assist with dental radiography
CHCCOM005 – Communicate and work in health or community services
HLTINF001 – Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTWHS001 – Participate in workplace health and safety
HLTDEN001 – Prepare for and assist with oral health care procedures
HLTINF002 – Process reusable medical devices and equipment
HLTAID003 – Provide first aid
HLTAID003 – Provide first aid
CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people

HLT35015 – Elective Units

HLTOHC004 – Provide or assist with oral hygiene
HLTOHC001 – Recognise and respond to oral health issues

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Knowledge tests/quizzes
  • Presentations
  • Projects
  • Reports
  • Online assessments
  • Simulated assessments
  • Third Party Reports
  • Workplace observation/demonstration
Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification.  There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking.  You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.
Information Sessions

For further information regarding this course please call 1300 468 233.


Please note:  Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review.  This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Individual Needs

Enrolment in an apprenticeship course is commenced after GOTAFE receives a Training Contract completed at an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN). To locate an AASN, please go to australianapprenticeships.gov.au or call 13 38 73.

Learner’s Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.

Student Welfare Unit

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.
Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Where to from here?

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or click Enquire Now.