Interested in working in the dental industry? With North Metropolitan TAFE’s qualifications, you will gain skills in making mouth guards, dentures, crowns and bridges.
You will also learn about infection control and workplace health and safety. During your training, you will have the opportunity to gain additional experience in a modern simulated dental laboratory in the purpose-built Oral Health Centre of Western Australia (OHCWA).
FAQs for future Dental Assisting students
What does a dental assistant do?
Some of the things you will be responsible for are preparing the surgery, assisting the dentist chairside, processing and sterilising all of the instruments and cleaning the surgery. You may also be asked to do some reception work and manage supplies. Job roles can vary depending on the practice. You will also be able to complete some basic on site laboratory work.
How long does it take?
After only 12 months of successful completion you will have a Certificate IV in dental assisting and will be ready to get a job.
Where do I have to go?
We are located in a contemporary modern facility at the Oral Health Centre of WA in Nedlands. This is also the training centre for dentists, oral health therapist and dental technicians.
Is the course full-time or part-time?
We have two intakes per year for the full-time course.
These classes begin in February and in July. This would mean attending classes four days per week.
To be eligible for our part-time course you will need to be employed in a dental surgery working at least two full days per week. You would need to attend classes every Friday.
We have one part-time intake per year, and these classes begin in February.
The duration of the course for full-time and part-time is the same.
Will I get a job?
Currently dental assisting has a very high employment rate – approximately 95%.
Is it hard?
Although dental assisting is a very practical job, you will be required to learn dental theory and sit some written assessments. North Metropolitan TAFE offers plenty of support for students who are anxious about assessments, and each student is given every opportunity to succeed.
What is the best thing about this job?
Dental assistants are never lonely at work, as you are part of a team. There is something very satisfying about helping a patient get their smile back. Most practices are open flexible hours so you can find a job that suits your lifestyle, perhaps even job share with other colleagues.
Do I get to work on patients?
After only six weeks you will start working chairside. As your knowledge grows so does your practical experience. North Metro TAFE will place you at various dental clinics throughout your training. These include working with dental students, oral health therapist, school therapy centres, adult government clinics, private practice and in a hospital theatre. At the end of your course, you have become experienced and ready to work. Many of our students are offered employment by one of the clinics in which they did work experience.
Who are the lecturers?
All of our staff are very experienced across every aspect of dentistry. We regularly meet with industry and cater for the exciting innovative changes in dentistry.
Several of our staff are ex-students of this very course.
How do I get more information?
If you want more information or have any questions specific to dental assisting, please feel free to contact us:
T 9346 7582
Learn alongside dentists, oral health therapists and dental technicians in trainingThis course will give you real industry experience in a modern dental care facility.
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.
Please note that due to an increase in places available for this course in 2020 students may be required to attend lectures one day per week at another North Metro TAFE campus.
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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.
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Our dental technology qualification provides you with skills that are relevant to current industry trends and practices.
This qualification is an apprenticeship so you will need be employed as an apprentice in a Dental Laboratory and during the course you will have the opportunity to meet other apprentices when attending the Oral Health Centre TAFE facility for some theory sessions. We are located in the modern facility at the Oral Health Centre of WA in Nedlands. This is also the training centre for dentists, oral health therapists and dental laboratory assistants.