Certificate III in Dental Assisting


Course Length

Full time:

1 Year

Contact Hours

Full time:

1 Day a fortnight


Subsidised Trainee:


Subsidised Trainee (Concession):


Course Materials:


Student Services Fees (per year):




Shepparton - Fryers Street

Delivery Mode



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 practise administration.

This course is available as part of the Free TAFE Courses for eligible students.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We’ve had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we’re currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you for a role as a Dental Assistant. Working in this industry may involve maintaining high standards of infection control, assisting with practise administration and supporting quality and professionalism in the dental sector. Dental Assistants prepare patients for a dental examination and assist Dental Practitioners, Hygienists and Therapists in providing care and treatment.

Further Study

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

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Traineeship - Open from 11/01/2021 - 2021

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Trainee: $4,338.00

2. Subsidised Trainee (Concession): $868.00

Course Materials: $236.00

Student Services Fees (per year): $70.00

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 2021 and may change without notice.

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.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

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
  • Please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider with your employer to organise your traineeship contract prior to applying for this course
  • Seek employment in the industry as this course is only available as a Traineeship.

Course Study Units

Core Units
CHCCOM005 - Communicate and work in health or community services
CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
HLTAID003 - Provide first aid
HLTDEN001 - Prepare for and assist with oral health care procedures
HLTDEN002 - Assist with dental radiography
HLTDEN003 - Assist with administration in dental practice
HLTINF001 - Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTINF002 - Process reusable medical devices and equipment
HLTWHS001 - Participate in workplace health and safety
Elective Units
HLTOHC001 - Recognise and respond to oral health issues
HLTOHC004 - Provide or assist with oral hygiene

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

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

Additional Information

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

Course Co-ordinator

Laura Kilgour

Attendance & 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.

Students are enrolled full time, consisting of an initial 1 week (5 days) of attendance required, thereafter, 1 day every 2 weeks. Trainees are required to complete 250 hours on the job training over the 12-month duration of the course. 3 hours of online training is required per week.

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 submit an enquiry through our website now and one of the team will be in touch.

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.

Student Support

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

Learner's Rights

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

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.