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Certificate III in Dental Assisting


Certificate III in Dental Assisting – HLT35015

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Course Overview

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

The Oral Care industry is booming, and there's a high demand for qualified Dental Assistants. Studying this course, you'll develop a high skill level in maintaining standards of infection control, alongside the ability to assist with dental procedures and practice administration.

This course is offered as a Traineeship. This course is available as part of the 2020 Free TAFE Courses for eligible students.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you for a role as a Dental Assistant.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the HLT45015 Certificate IV in Dental Assisting.

Course Dates & Times

Currently there are no upcoming sessions available for this course. To register your interest in this course, click the "Register Your Interest" button at the top of this page.

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Trainee
2. Subsidised Trainee (Concession)
Course Materials

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2019 and may change without notice. 2020 fees are yet to be published.

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 Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

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
  • Please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider ( with your employer to organise your traineeship contract prior to applying for this course
  • Applicants need to seek employment in the industry prior to commencement.
Core Units
Communicate and work in health or community services
Work with diverse people
Provide first aid
Prepare for and assist with oral health care procedures
Assist with dental radiography
Assist with administration in dental practice
Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
Process reusable medical devices and equipment
Participate in workplace health and safety
Elective Units
Recognise and respond to oral health issues
Provide or assist with oral hygiene

Assessment methods may include:

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

Interested applicants are encouraged to attend an information session at their closest campus.

Laura Kilgour

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.

Students are enrolled full time and attend classes 1 day per fortnight. Trainees are required to complete 250 hours on the job training over the 12 month duration of the course. 3 hours online training is required per week.

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.

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.

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.

Learn more about support services

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.

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

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

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.

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