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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24 months 

Full Time

Dental Technician

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Course Admission Requirements

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Entry Recommendations
You will need to be proficient in speaking, reading and writing English.

Attendance Requirements (subject to change)
Full time students attend classes 4 days a week. Part time study may be available.

Industry Conditions and Skills
You will enjoy working with tools and equipment, have excellent manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination, possess artistic flair for form and design and apply precise attention to detail in your work. Also be able to concentrate for extended periods, use your time effectively, communicate well and meet physical demands, particularly manual handling requirements.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
$2,200 (approximately) for:

  • A Tool kit $710
  • An Articulator $1221
  • A Burr kit $240
  • a Lab coat $53

Vocational Placements
All training takes place in the TAFE SA Dental Technology laboratory. There may be field trips.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 24 month course
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
Full Fee

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.

  • 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 are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 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
    Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control 35
    Articulate models and transfer records 20
    Communicate and work in health or community services 30
    Construct cast removable alloy partial denture framework 80
    Construct ceramic and fixed restorations 120
    Construct complete removable acrylic dentures and appliances 150
    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 30
    Use business technology 20
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