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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.

What to expect whilst studying Dental Assisting with AADA.

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 DA role anywhere within the country and commence with confidence on day one.

Course Information – HLT35015 – Certificate III in Dental Assisting
Core and Elective Components – Full Qualification

Competencies and Training Mode – Structured Training Core/Elective Hours
Stage 1 Month 1 – 5
HLTINF001 Comply with Infection Control Core 25
HLTINFOO2 Process reusable medical devices Core 30
HLTWHS001 Participate in Work, Health & Safety Core 20
CHCCOM005 Communicate and Work in Health or Community Services Core 30
CHCDIV001 Work with Diverse People Core 40
Stage 2 Month 5 – 9
HLTDEN001 Assist with Oral Health Procedures Core 300
HLTDEN002 Assist with Dental Radiography Core 50
HLTDEN003 Assist with Dental Administration Core 40
Stage 3 Month 9 – 12
HLTOHC003 Apply & Manage use of Basic oral health products Elective 40
HLTOHC004 Provide or assist with oral hygiene Elective 50
First Aid   Month 1 – 9 
HLTDAID003 Provide First Aid
(Must be completed prior to commencement of Stage 3)
Core 18

(table above based on 12 month duration)

About AADA

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.

Upon enrolment, the student is issued with full colour hard copy learning resources for the theory component. A login and password will be emailed for access to the online electronic resources and assessments.

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.

Assessment is by 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 300 hours to be undertaken in the workplace for the competency HLTDEN001. Learning activities must also be submitted as completed.

General Eligibility Requirements
You will need to have completed year 10 with a pass in Maths and English; however, industry experience in a workplace that requires the use of written documentation and communication may be acceptable.

The applicant should be able to demonstrate a strong understanding of the English language due to the medical terminology within the program.

Strong written and verbal communication skills are a necessity to ensure safety within the Healthcare setting and two core units of competency are dedicated to Communication within this course.

You will need to be at least 16 years old, and if under 18 enrolment forms will need to be signed by a parent or guardian. You will need to be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Equivalent in order be eligible to enrol in this program. In order to complete the on-line part of the course you will need regular access to a computer and the internet.

Fees, Charges and Delivery of Training ( Full Fee Details )

Students may now undertake HLT35015 Certificate III in Dental Assisting with the Australian Academy of Dental Assisting (AADA), which allows for subsidised fees under the User Choice program within Queensland. Details and eligibility listed below.

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

Traineeship Eligibility
You must already be employed within a Dental Practice, in order to enrol as a trainee with the Australian Academy of Dental Assisting (AADA) Speak to your employer about choosing AADA as your preferred Training Organisation.

Eligible apprentices and trainees that meet the Queensland state funding requirements will be charged a set fee per nominal hour. These fees are calculated at the regulated rate of $1.60 per nominal hour as per the User Choice 2017 -20 Policy.

Check your eligibility (QLD) only

Subsidised Fee: $1,028.80
Concessional Fee: $411.52

Non-subsidised course
Non-funded students or trainees will be charged a fee for service cost. This will be confirmed prior to the commencement of training.

Full fee: $4,500 Autumn Special $2,800

Refunds are payable for students providing that the notice of withdrawal from the course is received.

View Refund Policy Details or refer page 7 of AADA Student Handbook.

Payment Plan
If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of the course upfront, you may contact the Academy to discuss payment plan options.

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.

Click HERE to download the latest version of the AADA Student Handbook

Click HERE to download the AADA HLT35015 Course Fee Structure

Nationally Recognised Training

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The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training sets the contribution fee which may be changed annually. At present, this is equal to $1.60 per nominal hour for each unit of competency in which the participant is enrolled. Information on course fees is detailed in the applicable course Program Structure and Pricing provided to the learner at the time of enrolment or can be accessed on our website httpss://

Any changes to the contribution fee are implemented on 1 January of each calendar year. Continuing trainees that will be impacted by the increase in the contribution fees will be advised prior to the implementation.

Trainees are required to pay a contribution towards the cost of their training. This will be invoiced at the commencement of the unit of competency. Invoices will be required to be paid within 7 days by the methods outlined on the invoice.

Contribution fees do not apply to participants enrolling under a school-based traineeship.

Where the Trainees employer agrees to pay the contribution fee on behalf of the trainee, an agreement will be signed by the employer.

This agreement will list:


Non-Funded Full Fee Participants 

Upon enrolment, a fee of $500.00 will be charged for a full qualification. Participants will receive an invoice for this fee which must be paid within 7 days of confirmation of their enrolment and prior to the commencement of training. The remaining fees will be charged in two instalments, the first due within 4 weeks of commencing training and the second due within 8 weeks of commencing training. For a full list of current fees and charges please request a copy of Scheduled Fees from AADA, or view this on our website.

Participants will need to pay a full fee for all short courses and will receive an invoice for this fee which must be paid within 7 days of confirmation of their enrolment and prior to the commencement of training.


All Participants

Where fees become in arrears for two payment periods, participants may have their enrolment suspended until all outstanding fees have been paid.

Payments can me made via terms outlined on the invoice.

Refund Policy

The following refund policy complies with the requirements of

Australian Academy of Dental Assisting 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.

Australian Academy of Dental Assisting 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 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.


Non-Funded Full Fee Participants