Make your mark as a qualified dental assistant offering an advanced level of support to dental practitioners. Contribute to the quality of community oral health care with a range of in-demand dental skills that you can apply across the industry.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Assist with oral health promotion
Comply with infection control
Assist with dental radiography
Process reusable medical devices
Assist with administration in dental practice
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
Skills and knowledge to work across the dental industry
Completion of logbooks and projects under supervision with the skills to work at an advanced level
High level assistance to a dentist, dental hygienist, dental radiographer, dental therapist or oral health therapist
An EPA licence if radiography units or a radiology specialisation has been studied
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.
That you are employed in the dental industry for at least 1 day per week to enrol in this qualification
Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who have achieved:
Certificate III in Dental Assisting - HLT31812 or
Certificate III in Dental Assisting - HLT35015 or
Certificate III in Dental Assisting - HLT35021 or equivalent
Before your first day of class you must complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test and achieve a score of 3 across learning, reading, writing and oral communication. You must also achieve a score of 2 for Numeracy and Digital Literacy.
This helps us to determine that your skills match the demands of the course, to direct you to an alternative study option or to provide you with the appropriate support for your success. Your teacher will let you know when this must be completed.
During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:
A Working with Children Check
Vaccination and health screenings
Any additional evidence your work placement provider requires
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
Have prior experience working in the dental industry
Have a keen interest in oral health care
Are motivated to offer an advanced level of assistance in a fast-paced environment
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.
Our graduates go onto roles like:
Dental Assistants prepare patients for dental examination and assist Dental Practitioners, Hygienists and Therapists in providing care and treatment.
Other jobs include: dentist assistant, dental radiography assistant, oral health assistant and dental administration assistant.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Certificate IV in Dental Assisting does not have any related courses.
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.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate IV in Dental Assisting qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 8 Units of competency, including 2 core and 6 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.
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