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Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Radiography)

  • National Course Code: HLT45015
  • TAFE NSW code: HLT45015-02V01-21RDW-213

Location – Sydney Dental Hospital (Dental Radiography)


Part Time



Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

22 Hours per week


36 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer

Course Details

The nationally recognised Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Radiography) provides you with the knowledge, skills and practical experience you need to work across the industry. With TAFE NSW, you'll learn an advanced level of assistance from specialist teachers to excel in a range of roles.


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

  • Assist with dental radiography
  • Comply with infection control
  • Process reusable medical devices
  • Maintain work, health and safety protocols


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Good communication and people skills
  • A desire to help people
  • A keen interest in technical details
  • Problem solving skills
  • Dental assisting skills and experience


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate IV level
  • An EPA licence if radiography units or a radiology specialisation are studied
  • Advanced skills and knowledge to open career opportunities in the dental industry

Career opportunities:

  • Dental radiography assistant
  • Dental assistant


Take your career further with the:

  • Diploma of Dental Technology
  • Diploma of Practice Management
  • Advanced Diploma of Dental Prosthetics

This course is superseded.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.

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 knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


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


TAFE NSW also offers the Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Radiography) as a traineeship. To be eligible to enrol as a trainee you must:

  • Be employed in the dental industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


During your study, you will need to meet specific requirements to complete your coursework.

You need to meet the following requirements to be able to undertake work placement. Your teacher will let you know when you need to provide evidence of:

  • A Working with Children Check (WWCC)
  • Vaccination and health screenings
  • Any additional evidence your work placement provider requires


Work placement provides you with opportunities to respond to situations and circumstances that cannot be replicated in a learning or simulated environment. Work placement strengthens your training and supports continued learning and assessment in the workplace.
During your course you will undertake a mandatory 250 hours of work placement with a suitable industry employer.
Depending on your mode of study, TAFE NSW will arrange your work placement for you or support you to find one.


Jurisdictional legislative radiation licensing requirements may apply to candidates who undertake Group A electives for Radiography specialisation.

If Radiography units or a Radiology specialisation is not selected, no licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. For example - if you're studying the Oral Health Promotion, General Anaesthesia and Conscious Sedation, Technical Records or Dental Practice Administration Work skill-sets, then no licencing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements apply.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this qualification can vary between states, territories and industry sectors.

Visit the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) for licensing requirements and guidelines before applying to study this qualification.


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

  • Prior experience working in the dental industry
  • A genuine interest in oral health care
  • A particular interest in radiography
  • The ambition to step-up your skills to offer an advanced level of assistance
  • The motivation to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Good time management skills
  • An interest in advancements in the dental industry

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


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are:

  • The applicant/learner is required to have successfully completed the HLT35015 Certificate III in Dental Assisting and hold a current First Aid Certificate. The learner is required to present original Certificate III in Dental Assisting and First Aid transcript to their teacher in charge of their course.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • The Learner is required to complete 50 hours of skills practice in a simulated environment and participated in 250 hours of work placement in a dental practice as detailed in the assessment requirements of the units of competency.
  • To have achieved a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) level at ACSF Level 3 when commencing the course and basic computer skills. This will be assessed as part of your enrolment process.


To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

Date Time Location
Wednesday, 23 June 2021 5:00pm to 9:00pm Sydney Dental Hospital, 2 Chalmers Street, Surry Hills, Level 6, Room 46


This is a part time evening, blended course. You will need to attend approximately 4 hours of class, over 1 evening a week, for 36 weeks.

As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 15 hours of other study per week. You may also be required to complete approximately 5.3 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours including work experience, private study, research, online learning.


This qualification reflects the role of workers who provide an advanced level of assistance to a dentist, dental hygienist, dental therapist or oral health therapist, which contributes to the quality of oral health care.
To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 250 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency.
Jurisdictional legislative radiation licensing requirements may apply to candidates who undertake Group A electives for Radiography specialisation.
Wish to work as a dental assistant. Graduates of this qualification may continue studying the Certificate IV in Dental Assisting.


We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Wednesday from 5.00pm to 9.00pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

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Core Units
Number Title
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
HLTINF003 Implement and monitor infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
Elective Units
Number Title
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
HLTDEN007 Apply the principles of radiation biology and protection in dental practice
HLTDEN008 Prepare to expose a prescribed dental radiographic image
HLTDEN009 Produce a prescribed dental radiographic image

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Randwick, Main Campus
Corner of Darley Road & King Street, Randwick
Phone 131 601

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