Certificate III in Dental Assisting

National Code: HLT35015
TAFE SA Code: TP00994


Develop the skills and knowledge to confidently assist dentists during clinical treatment. This course will teach you a range of clinical and administrative skills including how to prepare the dental surgery and dental materials, carry out infection control procedures, update patient records, process x-rays and greet and support patients during treatment.

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Up to 12 months 
Dental Workers/ Dental Assistants Dental Workers/ Dental Assistants
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Total Fees for the 12 month course
$1,705 - $1,808
$925 - $981

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. Assessing your eligibility may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility

This course also has an incidentals cost of $50.00 for Clinic Coat & Safety Glasses.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

    • The on campus course is highly competitive, and applicants will be ranked on their CSPA score.
    • Workplace Training applicants will be contacted by TAFE SA to verify employment status before offers are made.
    • It is a requirement that all students have Hepatitis B surface immunity with antibody level 10IU/L or greater. Failure to provide evidence of your immunity during course counselling sessions may result in you not being able to commence your studies. Please enquire for further information.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Dental Assistant

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate III in Dental Assisting (HLT35015)
    Skills covered include communication, working with diverse people, dental radiography, infection prevention and control, medical devices and equipment and workplace safety. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 9 core units and 2 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2017 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Assist with administration in dental practice 40
    Assist with dental radiography 50
    Communicate and work in health or community services 30
    Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures 25
    Participate in workplace health and safety 20
    Prepare for and assist with oral health care procedures 300
    Process reusable medical devices and equipment 30
    Provide first aid 18
    Work with diverse people 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Construct models 40
    Take a clinical photograph 50
    Use business technology 20
    Work effectively with others 15
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