Our dental assisting course provides you with the knowledge and skills to work as a dental assistant. You can complete this course as a student in our on-campus course or commence off-campus student while working in a dental practice as a Trainee.

Our on-campus train utilising a simulated dental environment at our Elgar Campus.  Applicants not employed in a dental practice must source and complete a minimum of 250 hours of practical work placement in a dental practice.

With this nationally recognised health qualification, you can competently assist a dentist, dental therapist or dental hygienist during oral health care procedures. You will learn all aspects of chair side assisting including:

  • infection control
  • radiography
  • oral hygiene instruction
  • practice administration
  • how to support quality and professionalism in the dental sector

Trainees/Workplace based students: Our Workplace Assessors will work with you online and in the workplace to ensure your training and learning needs are met to a competent standard. We also offer off campus workshops to support you during this course.

National Code HLT35015
Study Areas Health Programs
Study Level Certificate III
Study Type Local
Study Mode

FT: 12 months

Course Type Victorian TAFE Course
Campuses Workplace, Box Hill

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
Free TAFE^ $0.00
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $2,668.00
Gov. Subsidised - Concession $534.00
Full Tuition Fee $9,098.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees $82.50
Retain Course Items*** $560.00

^ This course is on the 2019 Free TAFE list - find out more.

* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

On-campus course start dates are February and July

Dental trainees can commence at any time throughout the year


Full time: 12 months

You will also source and complete 250 hours of work placement in a dental practice.

Workplace, Box Hill

You must have:

  • excellent communication skills
  • excellent English Language skills
  • successfully completed Year 11 

You are required to find your own practical placement with a suitable dental practice.

Trainee applicants must also:

  • be registered with an Australian Apprenticeship Centre
  • have a training contract with an employer


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs the Institute and CAE will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.

Successful completion enables you to apply for Certificate IV in Dental Assisting.

Direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 3

After successful completion, you may wish to apply for employment opportunities as a dental assistant.

Completion of 11 units (9 core and 2 electives)

Last updated: February 22, 2019 12:57pm