Certificate III in Dental Assisting
Advance your career in the health care industry with a dental qualification
Part-time and casual work as a Dental Assistant is offered as abundantly as full-time work in the dental assisting sector, according to Job Outlook, published by the Australian government *. If you’re looking for a flexible, hands-on career, dental assisting could be a great choice for you. Suited to those with strong communication skills, a caring nature and a willingness to learn, a career in dental assisting presents a number of opportunities with in the health sector.
The Certificate III in Dental Assisting prepares you to assist with oral health care procedures, comply with infection control policies and procedures, process reusable equipment in health work and participate in work health and safety processes. This nationally recognised dental assisting qualification allows you to build on your existing communication skills and equips you with the skills required to assist with administration processes in dental practices.
Once you’ve graduated from a Certificate III in Dental Assisting, you will be qualified to work as a Health Care Assistant for a variety of dental professionals, including a Dentist, Dental Hygienist or Dental Therapist. As a Dental Assistant, your key focus is to ensure patients are comfortable and experience a high level of care, whether that’s at the front of house or whilst undergoing treatment.
This course includes both theory and practical components with all theory delivered online, meaning you set the pace of your studies to fit into your schedule. All course material and assignments are easily accessible via our online learning platform, My eCampus. Your practical component consists of 300 hours of placement that’s completed in a dental clinic of your choosing. Your dental practical placement exposes you to hands-on training in a working dental practice and provides you with invaluable experience prior to graduation. Speak to us about finding a dental practice that is most suited to your location and requirements.
This dental assisting qualification is a great starting point for your career in the dental sector. Enrol today into the Certificate III in Dental Assisting to gain the skills, knowledge and experience you require to succeed as a qualified Dental Assistant.
This is a Nationally Recognised course.
You will need to have completed year 10, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:
- A qualification at Certificate II level or higher OR
- 2 years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.
You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.
You will need to be a permanent Australian resident or equivalent.
In order to complete the on-line part of the course you will need regular access to the following:
Computer: Laptop or desktop computer with working speakers or headphone points
Internet: High speed internet such as Broadband or ADSL, T1/T2, fibre optic or cable
(Dial-up access will be significantly slower and is not recommended)
Windows : Operating system – Windows XP or Vista 7 or above
Internet Browser – Internet Explorer 7 or higher or the latest version of Google Chrome
MAC : Operating system: OS X 10.4 or later
Internet Browser – latest version of Google Chrome
Software: Flash, Adobe Reader, Microsoft Word (or Open Office which is free to download)
You will be required to source a work placement with a registered and fully equipped Dental Practice which must be approved with Foundation Education, prior to attending your placement.
Certificate III in Dental Assisting
Online combined with 300 hours of practical placement available
Up to 12 months
Submit 1 unit of competency every 3 weeks to graduate in 12 months, plus practical placement
Contact us on 1300 61 61 97 for course costs
Cost & Payment Options
Your course fee includes the delivery and assessment of your qualification, your study materials (including all resources) and ongoing support from our Education Team.
Upfront payment All course costs can be paid in total via VISA/MasterCard or bank deposit.
Payment plan Paid via a series of regular weekly or fortnightly instalments.
Course fees include course delivery and assessment, study materials and dedicated student support services. Please note this course does not qualify for assisted government funding.
Course Structure & Prerequisites
There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.
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Recognition of Prior Learning
Given that some students may already be able to demonstrate their competence in some units, a recognition of prior learning (RPL) assessment process may be available to students to recognise skills and knowledge that may have been gained through formal and informal training and/or learning, work experience and life experience.
Why choose us?
Flexible Online Study
All of our courses are delivered online, giving you the flexibility to choose your course length.
Dedicated Student Support
Our industry experienced Technical Advisors, Assessors and Support Officers will support you from enrolment through to graduation.
Course material is developed in consultation with industry experts to equip you with job-ready skills.
Nationally Recognised Training
All of our courses are Nationally Recognised and accredited.