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  • Learning MethodOnline + Work Placement
  • IntakesNow Open
  • LocationsAustralia Wide
  • DurationUp to 12 Months
    350 Hours WP
Nationally Recognised Training

Course Overview

Accreditation: Nationally Recognised Qualification

Optional Specialisations:

  • Dental Radiography

Career Opportunities:

  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Hygienist Assistant

This dual qualification offered by Foundation Education is the perfect course for someone looking at becoming fully trained in dental assisting.

Topics covered in this course include: working with diverse people, assisting with dental radiography, and much more. Please find a full list of units further below.

Upon completion of this course, you will be issued with a HLT35021 Certificate III in Dental Assisting and HLT45021 Certificate IV in Dental Assisting by Foundation Education (RTO: 22557).

Special conditions: For mandatory work placement (350 hours, including an initial 50 hours completed in simulation), students must have access to a dental practice and a qualified supervisor i.e. a person who holds Certificate III in Dental Assisting or a higher relevant qualification.

To complete HLT45021 Certificate IV in Dental Assisting students will need further access to a dental practice with relevant equipment, imaging equipment, patients, and staff to complete practical activities. During these placement activities students must have access to a suitably qualified supervisor i.e. a person who hold a Certificate IV in Dental Assisting or higher relevant qualification.

Students may need to undertake a Working with Children check to meet individual work placement employer requirements.

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Job Outcomes

  • Dental assistant
  • Dental therapy assistant
  • Dental sterilisation nurse
  • Dental receptionist
  • Dental hygienist assistant

Prerequisite & Entry Criteria

Entry in HLT35021 Certificate III in Dental Assisting has no prerequisite or mandatory education requirements. Students must complete HLT35021 Certificate III in Dental Assisting to enter the HLT45021 Certificate IV in Dental Assisting.


CHCCOM005 – Communicate and work in health or community services
CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people
HLTDEN015 – Prepare for and assist with dental procedures
HLTDEN016 – Assist with dental radiography
HLTDEN017 – Assist with administration in dental practice
HLTINF006 – Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control
HLTINF002 – Process reusable medical devices and equipment
HLTWHS001 – Participate in workplace health and safety
HLTAID011* – Provide first aid
HLTDET001 – Construct models
HLTSTE003 – Sterilise loads
HLTWHS003 – Maintain work health and safety
BSBMED301 – Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
HLTDEN0027 – Take a clinical photograph
HLTSTE004 – Manage sterile stock

*This course contains a core unit, HLTAID011 Provide first aid, which must be completed through an external RTO. Foundation Education has an agreement in place with Red Cross Australia (RTOID 3605) which allows students to receive training for this unit at a reduced price. Red Cross Australia is a third party training provider who conduct training and assessment services on behalf of Foundation Education.


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Fees for this course depend on the payment method and any existing promotions available with Foundation Education.

Always remember to enquire about any:

  • Discounts
  • Payment Plans

which may be available.

Please note: This is a fee-for-service program.

*Payment plan total is $100 deposit + 78 weekly payments. Foundation Education uses the direct debiting services of Debitsuccess on payment plans. Payment plans will incur a $12 establishment fee, charged with the first instalment, plus a 3.63% transaction fee on each transaction. Weekly payment amount provided is already inclusive of the transaction fee.

About the Institution

Foundation Education is a leading Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that offers over 40 Certificate and Diploma-level courses across a wide range of industries, including Childcare and Education, Allied Health, Dental Assisting, and Medical Administration.