Diploma of Dental Technology

National Code: HLT55118
TAFE SA Code: TP01106


Dental Technicians work in a laboratory, constructing, repairing and adjusting dental appliances, under the prescription of dentists, dental prosthetists or dental specialists. You will learn how to make dentures and other dental appliances including crowns, bridges, mouthguards, sleep appliances, pre- and post-oral and maxillofacial surgical devices, and orthodontic appliances.

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Up to 24 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

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Course Admission Requirements

If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

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Total Fees for the 24 month course

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place during the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

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This course also has an incidentals cost of $2,300.00 for Laboratory/dentistry coat, dentistry kit, personal protective equipment, optional three thextbooks.

Student Services Fee (SSF) applies. Full-time student $20. Part-time student $10.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

    • Students must meet industry requirements for COVID 19 Vaccinations.
    • Students must have the ability to meet the physical demands particularly the requirements for manual handling.
    • This course is delivered 3 days a week from Monday to Wednesday.
    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
  • Upfront Payment

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

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    VET Student Loan

    This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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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 technicians work in dental laboratories on their own or in groups, under the prescription of dentists, dental prosthetists or dental specialists.

    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

    Diploma of Dental Technology (HLT55118)
    This qualification reflects the role of a dental technician responsible for construction and repair of dentures and other dental appliances including crowns, bridges, partial dentures, pre- and post-oral and maxillofacial surgical devices, and orthodontic appliances. To complete this qualification you are required to complete all 21 core units and 4 electives.

    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.

    * 2020 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

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


    Name Nominal Hours
    Articulate models and transfer records 20
    Communicate and work in health or community services 30
    Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures 25
    Construct cast removable alloy partial denture framework 80
    Construct ceramic and fixed restorations 120
    Construct complete removable acrylic dentures and appliances 120
    Construct crown and bridge structures 90
    Construct custom impression trays 30
    Construct immediate dentures 60
    Construct models 40
    Construct oral splints 30
    Construct orthodontic appliances 60
    Construct registration rims 30
    Construct removable acrylic partial dentures 60
    Construct thermoformed bases and appliances 35
    Design digital dental restorations and appliances using computer-aided design (CAD) 100
    Join alloy structures 30
    Maintain work health and safety 40
    Provide first aid 18
    Repair and modify dentures and appliances 40
    Work with diverse people 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Construct dental restorations and appliances using computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) 80
    Deliver and monitor a service to customers 35
    Organise personal work priorities and development 30
    Organise workplace information 30
    Use business technology 20
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