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Certificate III in Dental Assisting: Traineeship Only

National Course Code: HLT35015

TAFE NSW Course Number: HLT35015-01V01

Nominal Hours: 873

Full Fee: $8,420
Max. Fee If Eligible For Subsidy: $1,750

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  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Government Subsidised
  • Traineeship

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If your course has been funded by Training Services NSW under Smart and Skilled, you may be contacted by a Training Services NSW representative to discuss your experience at OTEN.

Sink your teeth into a fulfilling career as a dental assistant with the nationally accredited Certificate III in Dental Assisting. Contribute to the success of every area of the dental practice from assisting during dental procedures to cleaning and sterilising equipment, to key administration skills.


Through theory and on the job experience, you will learn:

- How to maintain high standards in infection prevention and control
- How to processes reusable medical devices and equipment
- To prepare for and assist with oral healthcare procedures
- To assist with dental radiography
- Workplace health and safety
- First aid


Become a multi-tasking guru and develop the qualities needed to get ahead:

- Collaborative team player
- Service oriented
- Great communicator


Your success in this course will provide you with:

- A First Aid certificate
- A nationally recognised dental assisting qualification

Career opportunities include:

- Dental assistant
- Dental nurse
- Dental assistant and receptionist


Go on to specialist skills with the Certificate IV in Dental Assisting:

- Radiography
- Oral Health Promotion
- General Anaesthesia and Conscious Sedation

Or, choose a non-clinical path with the Diploma in Practice Management.


The Community Services and Health industry employs approximately 1.7 million workers across Australia, making it the largest employing industry in the country.

The Dental Assistant workforce is on the skills list expecting to experience moderate job growth of 6.6% and reach a total number of 28,400 by 2023.

The demand for dental services is expected to continue rising into the future with dental assistants playing a key role in keeping dental procedures safe and of high quality.


Course Sample

Trainees Only

Before you can start a traineeship, you first need to find an employer in the industry you're interested in that will support you through your studies. You and your employer should contact an Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP) and tell them you're interested in studying at TAFE NSW. The ANP will help you and your employer to complete a Training Contract. Once you have a Training Contract, we will help you, your employer and the ANP to complete a Training Plan Proposal. Once you have both these documents, the ANP will lodge them with Training Services NSW and we will contact you to complete your enrolment.

Find out more: https://www.training.nsw.gov.au/apprenticeships_traineeships/students/getting_started.html

This course is completd by online studies, completing assignments and online quizzes and taking part in Adobe connect sessions. You will be required to spend approximately 17 hours per week to complete the theory and practical requirements of this course. 250 hours of work placement is required to complete this course. You may be required to attend a 2-3 day practical assessment session in Sydney.

To ensure you leave us with the most up to date qualification...

If during or after your enrolment, the course in which you are enrolled is updated in line with national industry standards, the Institute reserves the right to transition you into an alternate course. If this becomes necessary, the Institute will advise you of the change and the arrangements which will be available for you to complete your alternate course.


There are no Training Package entry requirements for this qualification.


To be eligible to enrol in this course, you must:

- Have Level 3 Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) proficiency - Skills Teams will carry out an assessment to identify whether you need support in this area
- Have a moderate level of fitness and flexibility that enables you to perform CPR on the floor
- Hold a current Working with Children Check and be able to provide a copy of your immunisation record - both records will be checked before orientation
- Allocate time for self-study and to complete your assessments and course work
- Participate in 50 hours of practical skills practice, in a simulated dental clinic environment


Work placement provides you with opportunities to practice responding to situations and circumstances that cannot be replicated in a learning or simulated environment. Work placement enhances your learning experience and supports continued learning and assessment in the workplace.

This course has a mandatory 250 hours of work placement. You will need to arrange a suitable dental practice to complete this requirement with.

Work placement begins once you have completed 50 hours practicing your skills in a simulated work environment.

As children and young people may be patients, a valid Working with Children Check (WWCC) is mandatory to begin your work placement.

Credit (or recognition) for modules/units may be granted based on previous learning, studies, work and/or life experiences. Please discuss this with the teaching section when you enrol.

**NSW Health**

If your work placement is with NSW Health, you need to be aware of their specific work placement requirements.

Before you begin any clinical placements in NSW Health facilities, you will be required to:

- Complete a Criminal Record Check
- Sign the NSW Health Code of Conduct form and any other forms as required by NSW Health
- Undertake Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Infectious Diseases
- Provide your Health Care Worker/Student Vaccination Record Card

Visit [NSW Health FAQs for students](https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/careers/student_clearance/pages/default.aspx) to learn more about work placement requirements and to access the required forms.


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

- Fine motor skills
- Great communication skills
- Ability to multi-task
- Great teamwork skills

To complete this course you must be able to complete 250 hours of work experience as a dental assistant in a Dental Surgery.

CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
HLTINF002 Process reusable medical devices and equipment
HLTDEN001 Prepare for and assist with oral health care procedures
BSBFLM303 Contribute to effective workplace relationships
HLTDEN002 Assist with dental radiography
BSBWOR204 Use business technology
HLTDEN003 Assist with administration in dental practice

The above list includes units being offered at OTEN. If licensing in another state other than NSW is required, please check requirements with the relevant state.

You don't need to study what you already know! The skills, knowledge and experience you have gained from your previous learning, work experience and life in general may be taken into account.

To apply for recognition in one or more units you must clearly show that you have the equivalent and relevant skills, knowledge and experience of the unit or group of units.

For Credit transfer where you have completed previous studies either with TAFE NSW or with another tertiary provider complete the Enrolment Adjustment - Credit - Previous Studies form, and include any required evidence.

For Recognition of Prior Learning, attach your evidence to a completed Enrolment Adjustment – Credit – Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) form and submit for assessment.

Send your applications to:

Email: oten.recognitionhelp@tafensw.edu.au

Post: OTEN Recognition, 51 Wentworth Road, Strathfield NSW 2135

Keep a copy of all completed forms for your records.

To find out more about Credit and to help you with your application read the Credit e-Kit for Students.

Need more help? Contact the Recognition Help Desk

Certificate III in Dental Assisting.

Smart and Skilled Student Fees

The cost of this course will vary based on your eligibility for a Smart and Skilled Student Fee. Eligibility criteria can be found on the Smart and Skilled website or you can call us on 131 601 for further information and advice.

First qualification$1,450
Second qualification$1,750
Non-government subsidised fee$8,420

Trainees: From 2016 if you are starting a traineeship that is on the NSW Skills List, your Smart and Skilled fee for the whole qualification will not be more than $1,000.

This training is subsidised by the NSW government under Smart and Skilled. The student fee you will need to pay, will be determined according to your personal circumstances and eligibility for a subsidised place, you may also be eligible for a concession fee, fee exemption or fee free scholarship. Payment by instalments is available.

You may continue with an enrolment into this course if you are not eligible for subsidised training, however the full training fee will be applicable. There are conditions to enrolment if you are a Temporary Visa Holder. To discuss your visa status and eligibility to enrol please phone 131 241. For further information on fees and charges please see https://www.tafensw.edu.au/get-started-at-tafe-nsw/fees-information

Please ensure you also read and understand the associated fee policies and conditions related to withdrawal from a course, applying for a refund of fees, applying for a deferral to your studies and if you are behind in payment of instalments.

When enrolling under a Smart and Skilled entitlement and where you are eligible for 100% credit from previous studies, your student fee contribution will be zero. However, you will be required to pay an administration fee for the production of your testamur.

For full details on TAFE NSW fees and money matters please visit our Paying for Your Course page.

Please click on the Enquire Now button and one of our staff will contact you regarding this course.

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