HLT45015 Certificate IV in Dental Assisting

National ID: HLT45015 State ID: AYY9
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This qualification is part of the Lower fees, local skills program where you'll pay only half of the standard course fees.

If you’ve ever thought about being a part of this essential profession then this is the perfect qualification to get you started.

As a Dental Assistant, you will be responsible for preparing the surgery, assisting the dentist chair side, processing and sterilising all of the instruments and cleaning the surgery. You will also develop skills in reception work and the management of supplies.

Our dental assisting qualification provides you with skills that are relevant to current industry trends and practices.

North Metropolitan TAFE's Dental Assisting courses are located in the Oral Health Centre of WA (OHCWA) at Nedlands. This is also the training centre for dentists, oral health therapists and dental technicians.

As a part of this qualification you will have the opportunity to take part in work placements at other dental organisations or at the Oral Health Care Centre of WA, giving you real experience in the industry in a modern dental care facility.

If you are a Dental Assistant currently working chairside in a surgery you may be able to complete this course by studying part-time, attending classes one day per week and incorporating workplace assessments. The part-time option is run each semester and interested applicants need not apply online, but can email an expression of interest to mtl@nmtafe.wa.edu.au 

Please note All continuous and part-time students may be required to attend lectures one day per week at another North Metropolitan TAFE campus.


The following people will be entitled to a concession rate on the half price course fees under Lower fees, local skills.

  • All students aged 15-24 years
  • Persons and dependents of persons holding:
    • a pensioner concession card;
    • a repatriation health benefits card issued by the Department of Veterans' Affairs; or
    • a Health Care Card
  • Persons and dependents of persons in receipt of the Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY
  • Dependents of persons who are inmates of a custodial institution
  • Secondary school-aged persons, not enrolled at school.

If you are not eligible, please see our Skill sets page.

^ 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.

  • Work in general and specialised dentistry
  • Conduct infection control and sterilisation of instruments
  • Produce a dental chart
  • Engage in dental radiography and photography
  • Understand microbiology
  • Implement Workplace Health and Safety
  • Engage in dental practice administration and reception duties
  • Fabricate dental models and trays and make mouthguards

I have the following attributes:

  • Interested in health care
  • Confident, reliable with strong work ethics
  • Good hand-eye coordination and  manual dexterity
  • Good organisational skills and ability to perform a variety of tasks at once
  • Able to work well within a team in a busy environment
  • Demonstrate patience and willingness to work with a diverse range of people
School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
C Grades in Year 11 WACE General English, and OLNA; or NAPLAN 9 Band 8 C Grades in Year 11 English and Maths or equivalent Certificate II or Certificate III


During your studies we will arrange a minimum of 250 hours of clinical experience at various dental centres including;

  • Oral Health Centre of Western Australia (OHCWA); working with UWA Dental Students to perform procedures on adult patients.
  • Dental Therapy Centres, working in a government primary school centre with Dental Therapists to perform oral health procedures on children aged from 5-16 years.
  • Government Adult Clinic, working with Dental Professionals to perform oral health care procedure on adult patients.
  • Private Practices, working with dental professionals in privately owned clinics assisting with patients across all age ranges.

Please note that no jewellery is permitted on hands or wrists while you are on placement.

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 and pants and apron.  Details of these will be given at orientation.

Other job titles may include:

  • Dental Receptionist
  • Dental Practice Manager
  • Dental Sales Representative

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

After successfully completing this course you may be able to continue your studies at Curtin University to undertake a Bachelor of Oral Health.

This qualification is part of the Lower fees, local skills program where you'll pay only half of the standard course fees until 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). Please see below an approximate estimate of what you will pay on enrolment.

Annual Full Fee

Tuition fee
Resource fee
1101.60 760.00 1861.60


Annual Concession Fee

Tuition fee
Resource fee
400.00 760.00 1160.80

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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Continuous enrolment, 2021

Duration 12 Months
When Continuous enrolment, 2021
Where Nedlands (Oral Health Centre)
How On Campus Traineeship

Semester 2, 2021

Duration 2 Semesters
When Semester 2, 2021
Where Nedlands (Oral Health Centre)
How On Campus
Duration 2 Semesters
When Semester 2, 2021
Where Nedlands (Oral Health Centre)
How On Campus Part-time

Continuous enrolment, 2020

Duration 12 Months
When Continuous enrolment, 2020
Where Nedlands (Oral Health Centre)
How Traineeship

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