National code: HLT35015

Certificate III in Dental Assisting

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Overview About this course

Sink your teeth into a fulfilling career as a dental assistant and help others to feel confident when they smile. Contribute to the success of every area of the dental practice from assisting during dental procedures to cleaning and sterilising equipment, to learning key administration skills.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Maintain high standards in infection prevention and control

  • Process reusable medical devices and equipment

  • Prepare for and assist with oral healthcare procedures

  • Assist with dental radiography

  • Apply workplace health and safety

  • Perform first aid

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • A mandatory 250 hours of work placement

  • Practise your skills in a simulated dental clinic environment or in a real workplace

  • Work with real clients during your work placement to gain confidence and valuable experience in the industry

  • A First Aid certificate

  • Strong foundational skills to pursue a further study pathway with the Certificate IV in Dental Assisting, where you could specialise in radiography, oral health promotion, or general anaesthesia and conscious sedation

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

  • This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.

Completion requirements

During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

  • National Police Check

  • A Working with Children Check (WWCC)

  • Vaccination and health screenings

  • Signed code of conduct form and any other forms

  • Any additional evidence your work placement provider requires

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Fine motor skills

  • Great communication and teamwork skills

  • The ability to multi-task

  • Intermediate English language proficiency

  • Access to the internet and a computer or other mobile device

  • Time for self-paced study and assessment completion outside of scheduled class times

  • Adequate fitness and mobility to perform manual lifting and deliver First Aid, like performing CPR while kneeling on the floor

  • The ability to perform uninterrupted CPR for two minutes on an adult and infant mannequin at floor level

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: Dental assistant, Dental nurse and Dental assistant and receptionist

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate III in Dental Assisting does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 1 Course

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 3 Courses

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Dental Assisting qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 11 Units of competency, including 9 core and 2 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Assist with administration in dental practice HLTDEN003

  • Prepare for and assist with oral health care procedures HLTDEN001

  • Assist with dental radiography HLTDEN002

  • Provide First Aid HLTAID011

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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