HLT35115 Certificate III in Dental Laboratory Assisting

National ID: HLT35115 State ID: AYY4
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Does a career in the Dental Technology Industry make you smile?

When you complete the Certificate III in Dental Laboratory Assisting you will be ready to start a career in the busy dental technology world, as a laboratory assistant helping dentists and dental technicians to construct, repair and adjust dental appliances.

You will gain the career enhancing knowledge and skills to work as a member of the dental laboratory team. The skills that you develop in this course you can transfer into the HLT55115 Diploma of Dental Technology as an apprentice in a dental laboratory.

The Certificate III in Dental Laboratory Assisting includes supervised work skills in a simulated dental laboratory at the state of the art Oral Health Centre of WA. You will get to train in the same facility as dental students, oral health professionals and dental assistants.


This qualification is directly aligned with priority industry areas where jobs are today, and into the future. As part of the state government Lower fees, local skills initiative, from January 1 2021 through to 31 December 2025 you'll only pay half the course fees (plus resource fee) capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more

^ You will pay half price for the course fees on the Lower fees, local skills qualifications, however other fees may apply such as for resources that are specifically needed for your course.

  • Construct models, custom impression trays, bite registration rims and thermoformed appliances, such as bleaching (whitening) trays, retainers and sports mouthguards, as well as articulating and transfering records.
  • Work with diverse people and communicate and work in health
  • First aid
  • Work health and safety and infection prevention and control policies and procedures

This course, and the career it represents, consists predominantly of manufacturing dental restorations and appliances. It does not involve direct patient contact. It is suitable for people who have a good ability to follow instructions and enjoy working with their hands. It is a particularly rewarding career for people who enjoy making things.

The ideal candidate would have the following attributes:

  • Have a desire for unsurpassed quality, consistency and great attention to detail
  • Hand-eye coordination - the ability to see and work with intricate (small) details and materials
  • Manual dexterity - the ability to use your hands in a skillful, coordinated way to grasp and manipulate objects and demonstrate small, small precise movements
  • Able to relate easily to a broad range of people
  • Able to work autonomously and in a team environment
  • Well organised with strong time management skills
School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
OLNA or NAPLAN 9 Band 8 C Grades in Year 10 English and Maths or equivalent Certificate I or Certificate II

Prior to enrolment you will need to undertake assessments to ensure that you have the appropriate level of hand eye coordination and manual dexterity and verbal and written skills required for the role.

You'll need to complete:

  • Manual dexterity assessment
    You'll be required to undertake a timed skills exercise where you will have to demonstrate your ability to manipulate simple material to a specific size and shape.
  • Questioning exercise
    You'll be required to complete a verbal and/or written questions relating to your chosen field of study and career pathway.

Details of the manual dexterity and questioning sessions will be sent to you once you apply online.

Please note there are additional costs to pay when enrolling in this course:

  • You may be required to complete a health check
  • You may need immunisations and/or to provide evidence of vaccinations - Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella and Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTP) record of vaccination (cost will vary depending on your doctor and what vaccinations are needed). Serology to confirm immunisation should be provided within the first three weeks of your course.
  • Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) if required
  • Working With Children Check (WWCC) 
  • National Police Clearance - through Australia Post, best to apply for this first 
  • Uniform – Polo shirt, pants and apron.  Details of these will be given at orientation.

Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations. 

North Metropolitan TAFE offers you a range of further study opportunities, see below for a list of related courses.

This qualification is part of the Lower fees, local skills(opens in a new tab)  (opens in a new tab)  program where you'll pay only half of the standard course fees from 1 January to 31 December 2021. The “annual fees cap” means that full-fee paying students will only pay a maximum of $1,200 (plus resource fee) and concession-fee paying students or those aged 15-24 years will only pay up to $400 (plus resource fee).

Annual Full fee

Tuition fee
Resource fee
542.70 420.00 962.70


Annual Concession fee

Tuition fee
Resource fee
160.80 420.00 580.80

These fees are estimates only and are for the entire course for students enrolling on a full-time basis.

  • Fees might differ between courses delivered at different campuses due to the elective units included in the course study plan or adapting courses to meet local industry needs.
  • Fees may also differ for each individual student depending on the units of study selected, prior qualifications and recognition of prior learning.
  • Fees are payable at enrolment each semester for the units enrolled for that period. Some year-long courses might have a bigger fee load in the first semester.
  • Proof of concession must be presented to access concession rates if eligible. 
  • For secondary school aged persons (in 2021, students born on or after 1 July 2003 who are at least 15 years old) undertaking training that is not part of a VET Delivered to Secondary Schools program, the maximum course fee chargeable in 2021 is $420 plus the resource fees and discretionary fees.
  • Concessions and Secondary School Age cap do not apply to commercial courses (such as short courses), or Foundation Programs (ESL, General Education, etc.).
  • Prices quoted include resource fees, but do not include material fees such as the cost of books, uniforms and students personal equipment.
  • The course fee cap applicable to Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas only applies during the current calendar year, so fees might differ for students enrolling in semester 2.
  • VET Student Loans Eligible Courses and Caps may be subject to changes implemented by the Australian Government.
  • Course information and fees are subject to change without notice.

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Semester 2, 2021

Duration 1 Semester
When Semester 2, 2021
Where Nedlands (Oral Health Centre)
How On Campus

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