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HLT45015 Certificate IV in Dental Assisting

National ID: HLT45015 | State ID: AYY9

lfls-logo-100x40.png 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 in a surgery you may be able to complete this course by studying part-time, attending classes on Fridays and incorporating workplace assessments.

Gain these skills
  • 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
Is this course right for me?

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



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After I completed the course I was offered a permanent position. Michelle Gidgup

Entrance Requirements

Work placement

Important information

Job opportunities

Further study

How to apply

Entrance Requirements
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
Work placement

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.

Important information

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.
Job opportunities

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.

Further study

After successfully completing this course you may be able to continue your studies at Curtin University to become a dental hygienist.

How to apply
On campus (full-time)

To apply to study on campus (full-time) through TAFE Admissions please go to tasonline.tafe.wa.edu.au 

Other study types

For all other study types eg part-time or online visit our Apply and Enrol page.

Apprenticeships and traineeships

To commence an apprenticeship or traineeship, you must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation to study, head to our Apprenticeships and traineeships page for more details.

International students

International students should contact www.tafeinternational.wa.edu.au 

Delivery location, important dates and study options

Continuous enrolment, 2019

Nedlands (Oral Health Centre) - On Campus Traineeship

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Fees and charges

Units

Overview
Duration 12 months
When Continuous enrolment
Where Nedlands (Oral Health Centre)
How Employer-based
On campus
Traineeship
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Nedlands (Oral Health Centre) - Traineeship

Details

Fees and charges

Units

Overview
Duration 12 months
When Continuous enrolment
Where Nedlands (Oral Health Centre)
How Employer-based
On campus
Traineeship
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Continuous enrolment, 2020

Nedlands (Oral Health Centre) - Traineeship

Details

Fees and charges

Units

Overview
Duration 12 months
When Continuous enrolment
Where Nedlands (Oral Health Centre)
How Employer-based
On campus
Traineeship
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Semester 1, 2020

Nedlands (Oral Health Centre) - On Campus

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Duration 2 semester/s
When Semester 1, 2020
Where Nedlands (Oral Health Centre)
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Semester 2, 2019

Nedlands (Oral Health Centre) - On Campus

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Duration 2 semester/s
When Semester 2, 2019
Where Nedlands (Oral Health Centre)
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Course enquiry

Please note: This form is only for course enquiries. If you would like to apply or require further application information, please visit our Apply and Enrol page.

Page last updated October 15, 2019