International Course Info

Course code:


Course fee:

A$13,650 - A$14,200


0.5 Year


The Certificate IV in Dental Assisting prepares you to provide advanced dental assistance care across the dental services industry with job outcomes including dentist assistant and oral health assistant.

Learn how to prepare and assist dental health practitioners with oral health practices and promotion and learn to work in a range of dental settings. This may include assisting with dental radiography, anaesthesia and sedation, applying infection control procedures and sterilising reusable medical devices.

TAFE NSW has developed this course in consultation with peak bodies and industry partners. Our extensive network gives you the opportunity to learn in diverse workplaces and improve your technical and professional dental assisting skills.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Prepare sterilisation equipment including cleaning and checking steriliser and accessories
  • Select sterilisation method for reusable medical devices (RMD) following manufacturer requirements
  • Contribute to the development of risk control strategies in line with workplace procedures and policies
  • Provide information about Work Health and Safety (WHS) policies and procedures to the work team
  • Prepare Work Health and Safety (WHS) incident records according to workplace and legislative requirements


Build your experience and get practical skills in:

  • Cleaning sterilisation equipment
  • Setting up for oral healthcare procedures
  • Assisting with dental practice administration
  • Processing reusable medical devices


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

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good people skills
  • An interest in helping people
  • The ability to problem-solve
  • Attention to detail


This qualification could help you prepare for roles like:

  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Oral Health Assistant
  • Dental Radiography Assistant
  • Dental Administration Assistant


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.

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 require 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.

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

  • Prior experience working in the dental industry
  • An interest in oral health care
  • The motivation to offer an advanced level of assistance in a fast-paced environment

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

No occupational licensing, 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$13,650
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Randwick Feb , Jul A$14,200


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 8 Units must be completed
  • 2 core units
  • 6 elective units, consisting of at least 4 units from the electives listed below.
  • up to 2 units from the electives listed below or any other endorsed Training Package or accredited course.
  • Core Units
  • HLTSTE003 - Sterilise loads
  • HLTWHS003 - Maintain work health and safety
  • HLTDEN021 - Apply the principles of radiation biology and protection in dental practice
  • HLTDEN022 - Prepare to expose a prescribed dental radiographic image
  • HLTDEN023 - Produce a prescribed dental radiographic image
  • BSBMED401 - Manage patient recordkeeping system
  • HLTOHC007 - Recognise and respond to oral health issues
  • HLTDEN018 - Implement an individualised oral hygiene program
  • HLTDEN025 - Implement an oral health promotion program
  • HLTDEN024 - Implement an oral hygiene program for older people
  • HLTDEN019 - Assist in dental procedures during general anaesthesia
  • HLTDEN020 - Assist in dental procedures during conscious sedation
  • HLTDEN029 - Assist in dental procedures during relative analgesia
  • SIRXMGT001 - Supervise and support frontline team members


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TAFE NSW is here to create exceptional learner experiences and to support you on your study journey to make sure you achieve your goals.

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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.