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HLT45021 Certificate IV in Dental Assisting

National ID: HLT45021 State ID: BGW8
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Are you ready to advance your dental assisting career?

The Certificate IV in Dental Assisting is ideal for qualified dental assistants who are looking to upskill, diversify, and be able to further assist the dentist within the dental practice.

On successful completion of this course you'll gain specialist skills and knowledge to construct dental models, fabricate Thermoformed appliances and take clinical photographs. You'll also learn additional sterilisation techniques and gain increased insight into practice administrative processes.

From semester 2, 2023, North Metropolitan TAFE's Dental courses are delivered in our newly fitted out Dental department at our conveniently located Leederville campus.

Students will need to provide evidence of current employment, as there is a requirement for evidence of 250 workplace hours to be collected.

  • Fabricate dental models
  • Fabricate mouthguards, dental retainers and trays
  • Take clinical photographs
  • Gain additional sterilisation techniques
  • Assist in administrative processes
  • Maintain work health and safety and infection control processes

To make an informed choice about the suitability of this course, you need to take into account the essential skills and attributes you must demonstrate to pass the course:

  • 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

Follow the link to find further information to help you make an informed choice about the suitability of this course.


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 program, through to 31 December 2025 you'll only pay half the tuition fees (plus resource fee) capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession.

^ You will pay half price for the tuition fees on the Lower fees, local skills qualifications, however other fees may apply such as Resource fees that are specific to your course. For full details see our Half price courses page.

Entry into this qualification is open to those who have achieved one of the following
HLT30812 Certificate III in Dental Assisting, or
HLT35015 Certificate III in Dental Assisting, or
HLT35021 Certificate III in Dental Assisting qualifications, or equivalent.

The delivery of this course is designed for those working as a Dental Assistant as you will be required to undertake 250 hours of work placement at your workplace with your employer's support.

You'll be able to access your personal timetable (find out how on our Timetables page), once you have paid your fees. In the meantime the information below provides an indication of the time commitment required to complete this course, depending on available study options.

On campus

This course requires on campus attendance for 1 day per week when studied full time.

At-home study

As well as the in-class and/or scheduled online component, you will need to complete approximately 7 hours of additional study each week outside of scheduled classes, including private study, assignment preparation, and research.

You will need to have the basic technical requirements for at-home study. If you don’t have access to a computer and WiFi at home, we recommend using our library computers during library hours.

Timetable information is indicative only and subject to change.

250 hours of work placement is mandatory for completion of this course.
You will need to provide evidence of current employment in a dental surgery as a Dental Assistant and employer support while you study. NMTAFE is not responsible for helping you gain employment or work placement to collect these 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. You'll also need an SD storage card.

 You will be required to wear your work uniform or scrubs and fully enclosed leather shoes for your campus delivery components.

Other job titles may include:

  • Dental Assistant in Orthodontics
  • 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.

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 1, 2024

Leederville - On Campus

Duration 1 Semester
When Semester 1, 2024
Where Leederville
How On campus
Course fee
Tuition fee* Resource fee Total fee
General $434.16 $285.00 $719.16
Concession $128.64 $285.00 $413.64

Half price fees

The Lower fees, local skills (half price) discount and fee caps have already been applied to the Tuition fees displayed above.  Please note that fee caps only apply to the calendar year, so multi-semester courses across more than one calendar year may have a higher fee. See the Half price courses page for more details.

Lower fees, local skills are available to residents of Western Australia, and temporary residents holding certain visa types.  They are not available for people living outside of Western Australia, or international students.  Full eligibility details are available on our Half price courses page.

Enquiries regarding fees can be made by calling us.
T  1300 300 822


*Fee disclaimers

The fees quoted are estimates only and are for the entire course for students enrolling on a full-time basis. Please view the full list of Fee disclaimers.

Please note fees listed include all units required to gain this qualification.  If you're a continuing student and have successfully completed a lower-level qualification that is a prerequisite for this course, you'll only pay for the units that you need to enrol in, to complete this course.

Enquiries regarding fees can be made by calling us.

T 1300 300 822

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