Diploma of Dental Technology

CRICOS Code: 0100003
National Code: HLT55118


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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Course Admission Requirements
(for International Applications)

  • Academic IELTS score of 6.0 Overall with minimum of 6.0 in all bands or equivalent.
  • Satisfactory completion of Year 12 or overseas equivalent .
  • Ability to meet the physical demands, particularly the requirements of manual handling.

Course Notes

  • Applicants should have an understanding of the job role of a dental technician and where they fit into the dental team.


These course fees are for international students only.

Tuition Fees
Incidental Fees*
Semester 1
AUD $10662
AUD $2300*
Semester 2
AUD $10662
Semester 3
AUD $10663
Semester 4
AUD $10663
Fee Totals
AUD $42650
AUD $2300*
Total Course Cost
AUD $44950

* International students will be required to purchase a laboratory/dentistry coat, dentistry kit, personal protective equipment, optional three textbooks and uniform at the approximate cost of $A2,300.

Note: TAFE SA course tuition and other fees/costs are subject to regular increases and are reviewed annually. TAFE SA accepts applications for courses commencing beyond the current year, course, tuition and other fees/costs for these years will apply once published. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to alter, amend or delete any fee, course, admission requirement, mode of delivery, duration or other arrangement without prior notice. If the study duration is extended beyond the period of the student’s visa the student will be liable for visa and related costs, eg medical examinations, OSHC and living expenses.

Overseas Students Health Cover

All overseas students are required to have Overseas Students Health Cover (OSHC) insurance for the entire duration of the course. The health cover rate will vary depending on the personal circumstances and duration of stay in Australia. Read more about Overseas Students Health Cover.

  • 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.

    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

    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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