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0.5 Year


Launch a fulfilling career in the dental industry with the Certificate III in Dental Assisting. Learn a range of skills, including how to comply with infection control policies and procedures, how to communicate effectively in the workplace and how to work with a diverse range of people.

You'll learn to contribute to the smooth running of a dental practice from assisting dental procedures and oral health care, sterilising equipment, radiography and administration to and workplace health and safety.


Through a mix of theory and coursework, 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 procedures
  • Apply workplace health and safety


Build your experience and get practical skills in:

  • Identifying oral hygiene products and aids for patients' treatment plans
  • Preparing for dental radiography including processing an image as directed by the practitioner
  • Maintaining high standards of infection prevention such as procedures for respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette
  • Preparing instrument trays in accordance with workplace protocols
  • Administration skills such as processing payments and making bookings along with other front office management skills


Develop the qualities you need to get ahead in this industry:

  • People management skills
  • Supportive and empathetic nature
  • Teamwork skills and a collaborative spirit
  • Service-oriented focus
  • An interest in health care


This qualification could help you prepare for roles like:

  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Nurse
  • Dental Receptionist
  • Dental Practice Administrator


When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

Academic Requirements:

English Language Requirements:

  • Academic IELTS 6.0 (with no individual band less than 5.5) or equivalent

TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you need may be assessed via a review of your LLN skills with written tasks and a one-on-one interview. If you need to strengthen your LLN skills, an individual training plan will be created with you.

Work Placement Hours

  • During your course, you will undertake a mandatory 350 hours of work placement with a suitable industry employer.
  • To ensure you have the practical skills and confidence to undertake this work placement, up to 50 hours of skills practice in a simulated environment can be counted towards your work placement hours.

Work placement is a learning opportunity, which means you cannot be paid for your time there. Work placements generally only begin after you have had a reasonable amount of contact with your teacher and they are satisfied that you are ready to benefit from workplace learning and perform workplace duties. TAFE NSW will secure a work placement for you and assist with coordinating the workplace learning and other workplace activities you will undertake. This is in line with TAFE NSW policy. 

Before you start work placement

Prior to the first clinical placement, students must provide evidence of:

Additionally, if you are engaging in a work placement with NSW Health, you will also need to: 

  • Sign the NSW Health Code of Conduct form and any other forms, as required by NSW Health 
  • Complete mandatory online modules as required by facilities 
  • Undertake an occupational assessment, screening and vaccination against infectious diseases and provide your health care worker/student vaccination record card 

To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • Fine motor skills
  • Great communication and teamwork skills
  • The ability to multi-task
  • Access to the internet and a computer or other mobile device
  • Time for self-paced study and assessment completion outside of scheduled class times

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

No occupational licencing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from a range of courses offered at multiple campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network and socialise.

Learn more about TAFE NSW study locations

LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Randwick Feb , Jul A$11,110
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Randwick Feb , Jul A$11,110


Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the resources, counselling and facilities to support you while you are studying.

We offer a range of support services including: 

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor
  • LinkedIn Learning - an online resource that offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills


To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

  • Packaging Rules 10 units must be completed:
  • 8 core units
  • 2 elective units from the electives listed below.
  • All electives chosen must contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.
  • Core Units
  • CHCCOM005 - Communicate and work in health or community services
  • CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
  • HLTDEN015 - Prepare for and assist with dental procedures
  • HLTDEN016 - Assist with dental radiography
  • HLTDEN017 - 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
  • BSBTEC201 - Use business software applications
  • HLTAID011 - Provide First Aid
  • HLTDEN030 - Assist the dental practitioner during medical emergencies in a dental setting
  • HLTCCD003 - Use medical terminology in healthcare
  • HLTSTE003 - Sterilise loads


From certificates to diplomas, degrees to study packages, you can take your study further with us.


Strengthen your expertise with a TAFE NSW Dental study pathway:


Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.

TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together, either to meet the prerequisite requirements for a course or to plan your studies around your career goals. You can submit a single TAFE NSW application form and will be able to apply for one Student Visa for the full duration of the package.