Certificate III In Dental Assisting

Course Code: HLT35015
Study Area:

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we have adapted our course delivery to now encompass a combination of remote and flexible delivery methods. This includes easy to navigate online tutorials, video conferencing (classroom simulation) as well as face-to-face practical assessments and work placements - where safe and practical to implement. Therefore, you will require access to the internet and a computer to undertake this course.

Our flexible model allows you to continue to study in a safe, guided and fully supported manner with continued access to all learning, personal and wellbeing supports.

You will be advised by your facilitator on a case by case basis in relation to practical and work placement assessments, as some flexibility will be required during this challenging time.

We offer rolling enrolments, which means that you can start at any time.

This qualification is delivered in the workplace and provides the knowledge and skills needed to assist a dentist, dental hygienist or dental therapist during dental procedures.

Free TAFE and JobTrainer

You may be entitled to free tuition fees for this course if you meet the eligibility criteria for the State Government’s FREE TAFE for Priority Courses initiative. If you are aged 17-24 or looking for work, you may be eligible for 80% discount on the tuition fee through JobTrainer. Job Trainer is only available till June 2021.  It's important to know that you may incur other fees, such as student services fees or materials fees, and you'll need to cover these costs yourself. To find out more, call 13 TAFE (13 8233).

Normally a Skills First student is only entitled to one Free TAFE fee waiver. However, you may be able to enrol even if you have previously used your Free TAFE entitlement in a second Free TAFE course under JobTrainer. You may be able to get an exemption if you don’t meet the upskilling requirement.

  • Off Campus
  • Bendigo City Campus
Course Structure
  • Off campus - Apprenticeship/Trainee- 12 - Month/s


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers

  • Applicant must be employed in a dental practice to undertake this workplace based training program
  • Language, literacy and numeracy assessment
  • Interview

Course overview

This qualification provides the knowledge and skills needed to assist a Dentist, Dental Hygienist or Dental Therapist during all dental care procedures. Delivery combines work experience and structured training to competently and safely assist the dental professional during oral health care procedures. This qualification is offered as a traineeship to new employees in a general dental practice, as well as existing employees seeking a formal qualification. Course duration is full-time 1 year, part-time 2 years.

How to apply
  • Online application direct to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience.  Further information refer to RPL

Assessment Methods
  • Demonstration
  • Assignment
  • Portfolio
  • Practical Assessment
  • Knowledge Test

Learning options
  • Traineeship

Key study areas

Areas of study include: assisting with oral health care procedures and dental radiography; communication and administration in the dental practice; workplace health & safety and infection control; first aid.

Further study opportunities


Your fees are made up of four parts.
  1. Course enrolment type
  2. Materials
  3. Consumables
  4. Student Support Fee.   
Once you have determined the fees applicable to your situation you will be able to calculate a indicative total fee for your qualification.

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
Students eligible for Free TAFE receive the tuition rate free. Students eligible for JobTrainer pay 20% of the tuition. Materials, consumables and student services fees are payable by all students and do not receive a JobTrainer discount, however concession rates for student services fees are available for concession card holders, apprentices, trainees and 100% off campus delivery courses.
Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

A.   Course enrolment type:Standard
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$1,403.60
Concession - average total course fee*$280.72
Full fee - average total course fee*$5,269.88
B.   Materials average fee**$543.00
C.   Consumables average fee**$35.00
Indicative pricing for:
A.   Course enrolment type:Traineeship
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$6,174.05
Concession - average total course fee*$1,234.81
Full fee - average total course fee*$11,266.05
B.   Materials average fee**$703.00
C.   Consumables average fee**$35.00
Indicative pricing for:

*The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment and details of any other fees including but not limited to student services, amenities, goods or materials and consumables.
**Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student. Read more on fees and charges

D.  Student Support fees
The Student Support fee is a non-tuition fee for Government subsidised (eligible) students and full fee paying (ineligible) students. Read more. Student support fees are non refundable . Student support fees are payable annually for the duration of your course, over and above tuition fees.

This page was last updated on 3/03/2021 12:45 PM

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