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    Get skilled and qualified with a Certificate III in Dental Assisting with our hands on course and online modules. Work with real dental professionals on real patients and learn to make a real difference.

Qualification Description

This qualification reflects the role of workers who assist dental practitioners during oral health care procedures. The role includes maintaining high standards of infection control, assisting with practice administration, and supporting quality and professionalism in the dental sector.

The skills in this qualification must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State or Territory legislation, Australian standards, and industry codes of practice.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 350 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the Units of Competency.

Course Name:       Certificate III in Dental Assisting HLT35021

Outcome:              Students who successfully complete this course will be issued with a nationally recognised qualification

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What AADA College can help you with

AADA College is a specialist in delivering QUALITY training for the dental and health industries. We offer a flexible and professional approach to training with REAL results!

Our Dental Assisting course is competency based and will teach you everything you need to know to become a qualified Dental Assistant.  You will have the knowledge and the skills to go straight into a Dental Assisting role anywhere within the country and commence with confidence on day one.

Course Units

Course Information - HLT35021 - Certificate III in Dental Assisting Core and Elective Components - Full Qualification

Competency Code Competency Description Core/Elective Hours
Stage 1 (Month 1 - 5)
HLTINF006 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures Core 35
HLTINF002 Process reusable medical devices and equipment Core 30
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety Core 20
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services Core 30
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Core 40
Stage 2 (Month 6 – 10)
HLTDEN015 Prepare for and assist with dental procedures Core 350

The 350 hours in a dental practice must include:

  • preparing individual patients for dental procedures chair-side
  • providing chair-side support to the practitioner
  • storing materials and medicaments in accordance with manufacturer instructions and practitioner requirements in the workplace during chair-side assisting
HLTDEN016 Assist with dental radiography Core 35
HLTSTE003 Sterilise Loads Elective 40
Stage 3 (Month 11 – 12)
HLTAID011 Provide First Aid Elective 18
HLTDEN017 Assist with administration in dental practice Core 40

COURSE DURATION: 6-12 months

VOCATIONAL PLACEMENT: 350 hours in a dental practice


Nominal (supervised) hours represent the supervised structured learning and assessment activity required to sufficiently address the content of each unit (acknowledging that progress can vary between learners). Nominal (supervised) hours are assigned to learning and assessment activities that are delivered via face-to-face, online and/or structured distance education. Unsupervised hours represent activities that contribute to achieving the course outcomes that are not super- vised by an RTO trainer or assessor. These may include activities such as non-supervised work experience, field placement, private study and/or assignment work.

COURSE OUTCOME: Students successfully completing this course will be issued with a Nationally Recognised Qualification

Available Funding


AADA College is proud to be a Skills Assure Supplier.

This qualification is funded by the Queensland Government for eligible students. Check your eligibility here:

Traineeships are funded by the Queensland Government under the User Choice Policy 2021-2024. User Choice provides a public funding contribution towards the cost of training and assessment services for eligible Queensland Apprentices and Trainees. Student contribution fees are set under this policy at $1.60 per nominal hour. These fees will be reviewed annually by the Queensland Government and may be altered at various times throughout your training at their discretion. In circumstances where a student undertakes more than one apprenticeship or traineeship at the same time, the student will only receive the government contribution for the qualification nominated in the first Training Contract registered.

The User Choice Policy provides for funding as detailed below:

Non-concession and school based

10 units x $631 = $6310 maximum payable


10 units x $631 = $6310 maximum payable.

Figures accurate as at 24/11/2023.  The total amount funded for this qualification is excluding the student contribution fee which is set under this policy of $1.60 per nominal hour.

Fee for Service

Students who are not eligible for the traineeship may still undertake the course, however, they will have to pay the full fee.


‘Formalise your Skills’                                                                Special $2,450* (RRP $2750)

  • For existing staff employed within the Dental Industry for more than 12months
    • Letter of verification from employer required
  • Employees/Students enrolled under this module are still required to:
    • Complete the workplace hours logbook documenting 350 hours completed as required for HLTDEN015 Prepare for and assist with dental procedures

Fee for Service                                                                             Special $3,450* (RRP $4895)

  • For employees new to the industry and/or have less than 12months experience; OR
  • Students not eligible to for Skills Assure “User Choice” funding through a Traineeship

TRAINEESHIPS – HLT35021 Certificate III in Dental Assisting

 Traineeships are funded by the Queensland Government under the user choice policy 2020 – 2024. User choice provides public funded contribution towards the cost of training and assessment services for eligible Queensland trainees. 

  • Full Qualification for Non-Concessional student: $1020.80
  • Full Qualification for Concessional student: $408.32

Eligibility for Traineeships:

  • Must be employed as either Part-time (min 15hrs per week); or Full-time (min 38hrs per week)
  • Full-time staff must commence traineeship within 3-months of employment
  • Casual/Part-time staff must commence traineeship within first 12-months of employment
  • Traineeship contracts must be registered with state and commonwealth governments by an Australian Apprenticeship Network Provider (AASN)          


For school students looking at commencing their Dental Career during year 11 and/or 12

  • 7.5 hours per week of paid employment. This may be averaged over a 3-month period.
  • Over a year, the employer must provide at a minimum the equivalent of 375hrs (50 days) of paid employment.
  • School-based traineeships do not attract a student contribution fee

Fee Structure effective August 2023

View Refund Policy Details or refer page 10 of AADA College Student Handbook.

Payment method

Once your invoice has been issued, you can arrange payment via direct deposit to our bank account or arrange payment over the phone using your credit card (surcharge will apply)

Course Methods and Duration

AADA College conducts training in a blended delivery method.

  • 12 months (Full time, School Based ) or 24 months (part time)
  • Online Resources
  • Workplace delivery
  • Onsite training and assessment conducted at the workplace every 4-6 weeks over 12 months (Full time, School Based) or 24 months (part time)
  • 350 Vocational Hours /Work placement  must be completed

There are three stages in the program. When you start your program you will receive a training plan which will reflect the actual start and end dates of each stage. This will ensure that you remain on track with your course. The competencies must be taken in the sequence displayed in the above table. Students undertaking the course on a part time basis will receive a training plan which reflects the progress over 24 months. A part time student must be employed for a minimum of 15 hours per week.

AADA College conducts training and assessment via online education and demonstrated tasks in the workplace; the workplace assessments will be negotiated in conjunction with the student and the Workplace to take part at the end of each stage. Third party evidence must be submitted in the form of the Evidence Portfolio and Log Book which requires 350 hours to be undertaken in the workplace for the competency HLTDEN015 - Prepare for and assist with dental procedures. Learning activities must also be submitted as completed.

Upon enrolment, the student is issued with a login and password via email for access to the online electronic resources and assessments

Our learning resources meet the standard of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) and are drafted  from the endorsed resources of the Health Training Package, which are listed on the following website that being the National Register, for the National Training System.

Vocational Placement

Completion of 350 hours vocational placement within an accredited dental practice; applicable to all students not completing the qualification under a User Choice Traineeship contract.

Vocational Placement Overview

What you need to provide

The participant is required to wear enclosed hard top shoes, long black pants, no jewellery and hair must either be short or tied back from the face. The shirt must have sleeves that do not go beyond the elbow. The dental practice will be responsible for issuing the participant with a gown, mask, protective eyewear and disposable gloves.


This nationally recognised qualification reflects the role of workers who assist dental practitioners during oral health care procedures. The role includes maintaining high standards of infection control, assisting with practice administration, and supporting quality and professionalism in the dental sector.

Nationally Recognised Qualification: HLT35021 Certificate III in Dental Assisting 

Nationally Recognised Training


How do I Enrol

Click the Enrol Now button below and fill out the online enrolment form.

An AADA College representative will contact you within 24 business hours to discuss the course and enrolment details.

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Refund Policy

The following refund policy complies with the requirements of


AADA College is committed to ensuring that it charges and refunds fees in a fair and equitable manner taking into consideration the needs of each participant and the operations of the RTO.

AADA College will refund fees in accordance with the following rules.

Participants who intend to cancel their enrolment at any point during the training program must notify AADA College in writing via email or letter at the earliest opportunity.


Participants are entitled to a refund of fees in accordance with the following.




Trainees who cancel their training at any point, will be offered a refund of the contribution fees paid for all training and assessment not yet undertaken. Where units of competency have been completed and deemed competent and/or partially completed, no refund of the contribution fees will apply.


Certificate 3 Guarantee Participants

When participants enrol in a qualification funded under the Certificate 3 Guarantee Policy, all units are started on the date of the enrolment. No refund will be processed once the user login details have been sent to the participant as they are deemed to have commenced training in all units of competency.


Non-Funded Full Fee Participants