Eligibility Requirements

Applicants for this qualification must:

  • Be currently employed in a dental practice and working a minimum of 21.5 hours per week
  • Have basic English language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening)
  • Be 18 years of age or over. Applicants under the age of 18 require the signed consent of a parent or guardian to enrol.
  • Have your enrolment approved by ADAQ

ADAQ Training accepts fee-for-service trainees as part of this qualification, for further information please contact your Australian Apprenticeships Service Provider (AASP) or ADAQ Training on [email protected] or (07) 3252 9866.

Resources Required

ADAQ Training course material is delivered online via the Canvas Learning Management platform. To successfully complete the course, it is required that students have access to a reliable internet connection and a PC or Laptop with up-to-date software including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft Edge (Windows 10 version), Google Chrome or Firefox. Students will also need access to a mobile phone or recording device to complete video assessments.

Students can access Canvas from any browser on an Android/iOS device. However, mobile browsers are not supported, and features may not function as expected compared to viewing Canvas in a fully supported desktop browser.

Canvas has two native mobile applications available for students (free to download) on both phones and tablets. Depending on the device, not all Canvas features may be available on the app at this time.

Course Duration and Structure

Standard Course Structure

Students must successfully complete all core units and two (2) elective units. Students may choose any two of the electives listed below.

Core Units of Competency
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
HLTINF006 Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control
HLTINF002 Process reusable medical devices and equipment
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
HLTDEN015 Prepare for and assist with dental procedures
HLTDEN016 Assist with dental radiography
HLTDEN017 Assist with administration in dental practice


Elective Units

HLTDEN028 Provide effective oral hygiene instruction to patients with an oral health treatment plan
HLTDEN030  Assist the dental practitioner during medical emergencies in a dental setting
HLTDEN027 Take a clinical photograph
HLTAID011 Provide first aid*

*The unit HLTAID011 Provide First Aid is not provided as part of the course content and will need to be completed with an external provider prior to course completion. Evidence of completion must be provided. The cost of HLTAID011 is not included in the course fees.

Assessment Methods

Each unit of study includes both theory and practical components which are conducted throughout the course and may include a variety of assessment methods including; written assessments, video assessments, quizzes, observation during onsite practice visits, workplace logbooks, work samples, third-party feedback, and recognition of prior learning.

Recognition of Prior Learning

RPL for superseded units of competency

If you wish to enrol in the HLT45021 Certificate IV in Dental Assisting, you must have completed one of the following Certificate III in Dental Assisting qualifications:

  • HLT35021 Certificate III in Dental Assisting
  • HLT35015 Certificate III in Dental Assisting
  • HLT31812 Certificate III in Dental Assisting

However, if you completed an earlier Certificate III in Dental Assisting you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning for some units to assist you in gaining the HLT35021 Certificate III in Dental Assisting. Superseded qualifications for which this may be applicable include:

  • HLT31807 Certificate III in Dental Assisting
  • HLT31802 Certificate III in Dental Assisting

If you have completed either the HLT31807 or HLT31802 qualifications and wish to enrol as an RPL student in the HLT35021 Certificate III in Dental Assisting qualification complete the Certificate III enrolment form and select the RPL option. As part of your application, you will be asked to provide a copy of your certificate. In providing your certificate you will be consenting to have your certification authorised either via ADAQ accessing your USI transcript directly or by ADAQ contacting the RTO you completed your qualification with directly.

RPL will be assessed on the Currency, Authenticity, Sufficiency and Validity of evidence provided to demonstrate the students’ knowledge and skills. Students who gain RPL for units of competencies will still be required to complete some assessments and proof of currency to be eligible to complete the applicable units.

Course Fees

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Time IconCourse Duration

10 months

Calendar IconDelivery


Time IconCourse Outcome

HLT35021 Certificate III in Dental Assisting

RTO 30621

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