Certificate IV in Dental Assisting

Course Code: HLT45015
Study Area:
Nursing and Allied Health

This qualification provides the knowledge and skills needed to provide an advanced level of assistance to a Dentist, Dental Hygienist, Dental Prosthetist, Dental Therapist or Oral Health Therapist, which contributes to the quality of oral health care. Delivery combines work experience and structured training to competently and safely assist the dental professional during oral health care procedures.

You may be entitled to free tuition fees for this course if you meet the eligibility criteria for the State Government’s FREE TAFE for Priority Courses initiative. It's important to know that you may incur other fees, such as student services fees or materials fees, and you'll need to cover these costs yourself.

  • Workplace based
Course Structure
  • • Full time – 12 to 18 months • Part time – 18 to 24 months


This course contains nationally or state accredited units.

Possible careers
  • Dental assistant

  • Applicant must be employed in a dental practice to undertake this workplace based training program.

Course overview

This qualification reflects the role of workers who provide an advanced level of assistance to a dentist, dental hygienist, dental prosthetist, dental therapist or oral health therapist, which contributes to the quality of oral health care.

How to apply
Application to VTAC and supplementary application to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process
  • • Interview • Language, literacy and numeracy assessment

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience.  Further information refer to RPL

Assessment Methods
  • • Demonstration • Assignment • Portfolio • Practical Assessment • Knowledge Test

Learning options
  • Workplace based

Key study areas
Areas of study include: assisting with oral health care procedures and dental radiography; communication and administration in the dental practice; workplace health & safety and infection control; first aid.

Further study opportunities
  • Students who successfully complete this program are eligible for guaranteed entry into the Bachelor of Health Sciences at La Trobe University.


Your fees are made up of four parts.
  1. Course enrolment type
  2. Materials
  3. Consumables
  4. Student Support Fee.   
Once you have determined the fees applicable to your situation you will be able to calculate a indicative total fee for your qualification.

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

A.   Course enrolment type:Traineeship
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$6,174.05
Concession - average total course fee*$1,234.81
Full fee - average total course fee*$11,266.05
B.   Materials average fee**$703.00
C.   Consumables average fee**$35.00
Indicative pricing for:

*The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment and details of any other fees including but not limited to student services, amenities, goods or materials and consumables.
**Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student. Read more on fees and charges

D.  Student Support fees
The Student Support fee is a non-tuition fee for Government subsidised (eligible) students and full fee paying (ineligible) students. Read more. Student support fees are non refundable . Student support fees are payable annually for the duration of your course, over and above tuition fees.

This page was last updated on 1/11/2018 11:22 AM

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