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Full Time: 12 months



The Certificate III in Dental Assisting is ideal if you are currently working in a dental assistant role and looking for a formal qualification, or interested in undertaking a traineeship as a dental assistant.

To maximise your employment opportunities, in this this one-year, hands-on course you will complete specialised training in the recognition and response to oral health issues and providing oral hygiene to patients.

You will learn all the necessary skills needed to assist dentists, dental hygienists, dental prosthetists, dental therapists or oral health therapists during oral health care procedures.

A dental assistant will typically work in a private or public dental practice. Their role includes maintaining high standards of infection control, assisting with practice administration and supporting quality and professionalism in the dental sector.

You will be trained in our purpose-built facilities, which have been designed to simulate the workplace environment. This includes receiving and preparing patients, preparing dental materials, processing X-rays, using suction devices and water sprays, performing routine maintenance on equipment, sterilising and preventing cross infection of equipment. The training is carried out by our highly qualified dental staff.

The course also includes important skills such as communication, first aid, infection control, work, health and safety processes (WHS), and working with diverse people.

Course structure


Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards.





Communicate and work in health or community services


Work with diverse people


Provide first aid


Prepare for and assist with oral health care procedures


Assist with dental radiography


Assist with administration in dental practice


Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures


Process reusable medical devices and equipment


Apply and manage use of basic oral health products


Participate in workplace health and safety


Provide or assist with oral hygiene

Entry requirements

You must have entered into traineeship contract which has been registered with the Delta database.

Prior to enrolment or commencement of training you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and a pre-training interview.

These will assist with determining your suitability to the course, verify your training plan, and identify any learning support needs.


You may be able to shorten the length of your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.



On completion, you will receive the Certificate III in Dental Assisting.


You can continue your study with the HLT45015 - Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Practice Administration OR Radiography).


Dental assistant

How to apply


A training contract must be completed by the employer and trainee within the first two weeks of employment.

A representative from the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network will visit the workplace to complete the training contract with the employer and the trainee.

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If you have further questions about your application, please contact the department:


03 9209 5606


Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.

Find out more about your rights and obligations as a student and the services we provide at Holmesglen.




Full Fee


Gov. subsidised Traineeship




Government subsidised




Holmesglen tuition fees shown are all inclusive and indicative of the cost to complete the entire course.
These are indicative fees only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

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Dental Open Days

In the Certificate III in Dental Assisting, you will learn necessary skills needed to assist dentists and other dental professionals or oral health therapists during oral health care procedures. In this session we will cover the typical work environment of a dental assistant, and tour the purpose-built facilities, which have been designed to simulate the workplace environment.

- , Thu, 24 Jan - bookings essential.

Holmesglen Chadstone Campus, Batesford Road Chadstone 3148 Australia

Whether you're just starting out in your dental career, or upgrading your qualifications, Holmesglen is in touch with the needs of industry and provides the education and training you need and employers expect. We understand studying is not just about gaining a qualification; it's about graduating with the confidence and skills to start a successful dental career. Visit us on Open Day for a formal presentation on Holmesglen's Dental Technology program, followed by a tour of our purpose built simulation dental laboratories.

- , Thu, 24 Jan - bookings essential.

Holmesglen Chadstone Campus, Batesford Road Chadstone 3148 Australia

In partnership with Charles Sturt University (CSU), Holmesglen delivers the Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene) at our Chadstone campus. This degree is delivered primarily at Holmesglen in years one and two with placements in Wagga Wagga. During third year students relocate to NSW and undertake a variety of placements across different clinical sites. Visit us on Open Days to learn about the Charles Sturt University, Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene) program. Meet our teaching staff and tour our purpose built simulation clinic and laboratories. Applications can be made through VTAC.

- , Thu, 24 Jan - bookings essential.

Holmesglen Chadstone Campus, Batesford Road Chadstone 3148 Australia

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