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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. With 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.

  • 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
Free in 2023

This course will be FREE from 1 January 2023. The course fees are 100 per cent subsidised by the WA State Government.

Some eligibility conditions apply for the free training, and other fees may apply for some courses. Please see the FAQs on our Free in '23  page for further information.

This course may require you to undertake a placement or live works activity in a workplace associated with the COVID-19 mandatory vaccination policy. This means that you may be required to be triple dose vaccinated before commencing your course and/or placement. Please follow instructions/advice provided to you during enrolment/orientation.

If this course is deemed competitive, you will be informed during your application via TAFE Admissions and additional entrance requirements will apply.

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

You'll be able to access your personal timetable (find out how here), once you have paid your fees.

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.

Important vaccination information 

The Oral Health Centre of Western Australia (OHCWA) is a Tier 3 Health Care Facility, and as such, all staff and students are required to complete the following vaccination schedule for COVID-19:

  • 1st vaccination by 1 December 2021
  • Fully vaccinated by 1 January 2022.

More information is available at Directions for healthcare and health support workers and you will need to be able to demonstrate that you have been vaccinated.
Please note You cannot attend your course on the OHCWA site unless you are fully vaccinated.

Study outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research will be required to successfully complete your course.

Bring your own device (BYOD) is encouraged but not essential. If you don’t have access to a computer and WiFi at home, we recommend using our library computers during library hours.

As a student you will also have additional costs associated with your study, for example text books and stationery, printing and other materials required for your assignments.

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

  • You may be required to complete a health check
  • You'll need immunisations and/or to provide evidence of vaccinations - Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella, COVID-19 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. 

Visit one of our four Jobs and Skills Centres located at NMT's Balga, Joondalup, Midland and Perth campuses for free career planning advice and job search support.

Study options and next steps

Click on your preferred option below to get started with your application.

Semester 2, 2022

Nedlands (Oral Health Centre) - On Campus

Duration 1 Semester
When Semester 2, 2022
Where Nedlands (Oral Health Centre)
How On campus

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