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HLT35015 | 090878M 

Certificate III in Dental Assisting

Kick start your oral health care career with this entry-level course that will qualify you to work as a dental assistant.

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TIME 9 months / Full Time NEXT START DATE 01 Jun 2022
STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane Sunshine Coast
WAYS TO STUDY On Campus Online Apprenticeships and Traineeships International
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
JobTrainer
$0
Concession
$550 - $660
Subsidised
$550 - $660
Full Fee
$4,380 - $6,380
International
$8,800
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Course overview

Start your career in oral health care with this entry-level course. This qualification is perfect for people looking to work as a dental assistant in a clinic. According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service the number of people working as dental assistants grew very strongly over the past five years and expected to continue to grow in the future. This large occupation is expected to create around 16,000 job openings over the next five years. 

This qualification gives you the skills to assist with dental radiography, sterilise equipment, assist with oral healthcare procedures, and use office software. Our highly-experienced team of industry professionals will give you the support and one-on-one guidance you need to successfully transition into the health sector.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to work as a dental assistant in a clinical environment. You will also get the foundation skills needed to undertake further study in the field.

What can I do?

  • Dental Assistant

Course outcome:

HLT35015 Certificate III in Dental Assisting

JobTrainer funded course

This course is eligible for JobTrainer funding, meaning it could be free for eligible school-leavers, young people and job seekers looking to develop new skills. Training is proudly delivered by TAFE Queensland and jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government. Learn more >

Study your way

We know that life is busy, that's why our courses are designed to be flexible. Our mixed-mode delivery means you can complete components of your study online and our 'round-the-clock support services means you're never alone. Studiosity is an online after hours tutoring service focusing on writing, research and referencing, as well as subject-specific questions.

What you will study.

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 2 elective units from the list below. You will also be required to undertake 250 hours of vocational placement in an approved setting. 

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCCOM005
    Communicate and work in health or community services
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCCOM005
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to communicate effectively with clients, colleagues, management and other industry providers.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Communicate and work in health or community services

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCDIV001
    Work with diverse people
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCDIV001
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Work with diverse people

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTAID003
    Provide first aid
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTAID003
    Unit description :

    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to a casualty. The unit applies to all workers who may be required to provide a first aid response in a range of situations, include community and workplace settings.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Provide first aid

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTDEN001
    Prepare for and assist with oral health care procedures
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTDEN001
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required for a dental assistant to assist the operator by preparing the dental surgery including preparing necessary equipment, instruments and materials for oral health care procedures, and to assist the operator during the delivery of these procedures.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Prepare for and assist with oral health care procedures

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTDEN002
    Assist with dental radiography
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTDEN002
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required for a dental assistant to prepare patients for dental radiography. It also describes the skills and knowledge to process and mount conventional dental radiographs.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Assist with dental radiography

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTDEN003
    Assist with administration in dental practice
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTDEN003
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required for a dental assistant to assist the operator by managing appointments to suit the patient and the organisation, recording and reconciling payments, and maintaining patient records.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Assist with administration in dental practice

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTINF001
    Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTINF001
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to follow organisational infection prevention and control procedures, including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to infection risks.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTWHS001
    Participate in workplace health and safety
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTWHS001
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required for workers to participate in safe work practices to ensure their own health and safety, and that of others. The unit applies to all workers who require knowledge of workplace health and safety (WHS) to carry out their own work, either under direct supervision or with some individual responsibility.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Participate in workplace health and safety

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTINF002
    Process reusable medical devices and equipment
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTINF002
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to clean, sterilise and package reusable medical devices and equipment.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Process reusable medical devices and equipment

CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
Anytime
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
Online
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
South Bank
01 Jun 2022
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
Online
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
South Bank
04 Jul 2022
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
Online
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
South Bank
11 Jul 2022
9 months
Full time 4 days per week
Classroom
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $6,380
South Bank
07 Aug 2022
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
Online
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
South Bank
04 Sep 2022
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
Online
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
South Bank
03 Oct 2022
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
Online
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
South Bank
07 Nov 2022
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
Online
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
South Bank
04 Dec 2022
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
Online
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mooloolaba
01 Jun 2022
1 year
Full time
Mixed mode
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $550
  • Subsidised: $550
  • Full fee: $6,380
START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Anytime
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
01 Jun 2022
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
South Bank
Traineeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Mooloolaba
Traineeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
11 Jul 2022
9 months
Full time
Classroom
  • International: $8,800
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
9 months
Full time
Classroom
  • International: $8,800
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
Anytime
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
Online
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
South Bank
01 Jun 2022
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
Online
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
South Bank
04 Jul 2022
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
Online
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
South Bank
11 Jul 2022
9 months
Full time 4 days per week
Classroom
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $6,380
South Bank
07 Aug 2022
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
Online
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
South Bank
04 Sep 2022
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
Online
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
South Bank
03 Oct 2022
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
Online
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
South Bank
07 Nov 2022
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
Online
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
South Bank
04 Dec 2022
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
Online
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mooloolaba
01 Jun 2022
1 year
Full time
Mixed mode
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $550
  • Subsidised: $550
  • Full fee: $6,380
START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Anytime
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
01 Jun 2022
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
South Bank
Traineeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Mooloolaba
Traineeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
11 Jul 2022
9 months
Full time
Classroom
  • International: $8,800
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
9 months
Full time
Classroom
  • International: $8,800
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
Anytime
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
Online
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
South Bank
01 Jun 2022
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
Online
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
South Bank
04 Jul 2022
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
Online
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
South Bank
11 Jul 2022
9 months
Full time 4 days per week
Classroom
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $6,380
South Bank
07 Aug 2022
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
Online
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
South Bank
04 Sep 2022
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
Online
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
South Bank
03 Oct 2022
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
Online
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
South Bank
07 Nov 2022
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
Online
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
South Bank
04 Dec 2022
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
Online
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mooloolaba
01 Jun 2022
1 year
Full time
Mixed mode
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $550
  • Subsidised: $550
  • Full fee: $6,380
START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Anytime
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
01 Jun 2022
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
South Bank
Traineeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Mooloolaba
Traineeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
11 Jul 2022
9 months
Full time
Classroom
  • International: $8,800
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
9 months
Full time
Classroom
  • International: $8,800
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
Anytime
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
Online
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
South Bank
01 Jun 2022
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
Online
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
South Bank
04 Jul 2022
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
Online
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
South Bank
11 Jul 2022
9 months
Full time 4 days per week
Classroom
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $6,380
South Bank
07 Aug 2022
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
Online
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
South Bank
04 Sep 2022
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
Online
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
South Bank
03 Oct 2022
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
Online
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
South Bank
07 Nov 2022
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
Online
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
South Bank
04 Dec 2022
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
Online
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mooloolaba
01 Jun 2022
1 year
Full time
Mixed mode
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $550
  • Subsidised: $550
  • Full fee: $6,380
START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Anytime
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
01 Jun 2022
up to 1 year
Existing worker: Self-paced
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,380
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
South Bank
Traineeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Mooloolaba
Traineeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
11 Jul 2022
9 months
Full time
Classroom
  • International: $8,800
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
9 months
Full time
Classroom
  • International: $8,800
Payment Options

How can I pay for this course?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what’s right for you, get in touch. We’re here to help. 

Payment plan

If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Upfront payment

This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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International student payment

Our preferred payment method is telegraphic transfer or credit card using Western Union Global Pay for Students or the Flywire Payment Portal. Western Union and Flywire both allow you to complete your payment in your own currency using a telegraphic transfer with no processing fees or delays. 
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Important Information

Read this before applying.

Selection criteria

Domestic Students
The following Selection criteria requirements apply only to Domestic Students:

If your chosen study mode is workplace delivery, it is recommended that you are currently working in the Dental industry or have a background in Dental Assisting.

Greater Brisbane
Students wanting to enrol in this program in the Greater Brisbane Region must be employed as a Dental Assistant for a minimum of 15 hours per week.

Important Information:
Due to the high volume of applicants wishing to undertake this program a selection criteria ranking process has been introduced which requires all applicants to undertake a Basic Key Skills Builder (bksb) maths and english assessment to determine their current level of literacy and numeracy. Applicants who receive an Exit Level 2 Working at Level 3 score (or higher) on the bksb will receive a higher ranking than students with a lower score. The bksb identifies any areas where additional support may be needed to achieve your goals and ensure you have the right skills and support to be successful in your course.

 

International Students
The following Selection criteria requirements apply only to International Students:

  • English Language Proficiency: Academic IELTS 5.5 (no individual band less than 5.0) or ISLPR 2+ on all skills or other - For a list of all English Language test accepted by TAFE Queensland International
  • Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 10 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. For more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12
  • Due to workplace Health and Safety, all participants need to have completed a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations before commencement of vocational placement, which occurs in approximately week 14 of the program. A course of injections takes approximately 6 months to complete and if applicants have not had Hep B vaccinations, they must begin the process and have had at least 2 of the 3 required injections prior to going to vocational placement. You will be required to provide a copy of your serology report as evidence of sero-conversion to HepB surface antigen (anti-HBsAg). Please contact your GP to arrange a referral for a blood test

Applicants should be a minimum of 17 years of age and turning 18 during the first year of study with TAFE Queensland. International students who are under 18 years of age and are applying for a student visa are required by the Australian Department of Home Affairs to have adequate welfare arrangements in place.  TAFE Queensland has entered an agreement with Union Institute of Language (UIL) to facilitate the provision of the welfare services (fees apply).

Resources Required

It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Placement

IMPORTANT NOTICE: 
While TAFE Queensland will make every effort to minimise disruption to study, the current COVID-19 pandemic situation and subsequent restriction of access to some health care facilities during this time, may cause delays with vocational placement and completion of this course.

Future students are advised that access to public and private health facilities or organisations in your State for vocational placement assessment may require evidence of commencement or full vaccination for COVID-19.

 

If you are not currently employed or volunteering in industry, during your course you will be required to complete vocational placement so you can start practicing your new skills in a real-world environment. You’ll be required to work shifts determined by your placement provider, and these can include early mornings or late nights, any day of the week, including public holidays. TAFE Queensland may be able to assist in arranging suitable placements.

You will be expected to manage family and work commitments in order to complete your shifts. You are required to complete 250 hours of placement to satisfy this component of your qualification.

 

Need to know

Please note: HLTAID003 - Provide First Aid is required to complete this qualification but is not delivered as part of this program. You will need to complete this unit with an external provider and provide proof of completion for credit transfer. Only HLTAID003 - Provide First Aid will be accepted for this process. The completion of this unit will incur additional costs.

Expired qualification
This accredited course is expiring. A transition period applies to enable current students to complete their study. The transition period finishes on 30 April 2023. Enrolments must be finalised by this date.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Pathways

University Pathways.

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about University Pathways

  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to Apply

Direct application

If you're ready to get started, simply hit the Apply Now button on your preferred course information page and get your application underway online. 

For International students

International students can either apply directly through our TAFE Queensland International Application portal, or through one of our education agents. Our registered agents can assist you with your visa application and guide you through the enrolment process. If you are from this list of countries, you will need to apply through an agent.
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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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