HLT35015 Certificate III in Dental Assisting

Become a qualified Dental Assistant for a long term career in dental.

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 250 hours of placement that’s completed in a dental clinic of your choosing and an initial 50 hours completed in simulation. 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.

Transition Period
Please note that this course is currently in a transition period (superseded due to Government-mandated updates), with updates due for release in the coming year. Rest assured, completion of this course version before 29 April 2022 will still provide you with a valid and quality outcome. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact a Career Advisor on 1300 616 197.

Computer Requirements
Computer: Laptop or desktop computer with working speakers or headphone points
Internet: High-speed internet such as Broadband or ADSL, T1/T2, fibre optic (Dial-up access is not recommended)
Windows: Operating system – Windows 8 or above
Internet Browser: Google Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Internet Explorer 11
MAC: Operating system - OS X 10.14 Mojave or later
Software: Flash, Adobe Reader, Microsoft Word (or Open Office which is free to download)

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Course duration

12 months


This course can help you get a job as:

Job TitleAvg Salary
Dental Assistant$1,150 weekly pay
Dental Nurse$1,150 weekly pay

This course can help you progress to:

Job TitleAvg Salary
Dental Hygienist$1,440 weekly pay
Dental Prosthetist$1,550 weekly pay

Please note that weekly pay figures are estimates only of what you could possibly earn.

Government funding

The Australian government provides funding to help students who are completing the HLT35015 Certificate III in Dental Assisting. The type of funding you receive depends on the state that you live in.

There are eligibility requirements for each type of funding.

Enquire with Foundation Education to check your eligibility.

Benefits of nationally recognised training

The HLT35015 Certificate III in Dental Assisting is a nationally recognised course delivered by Foundation Education, a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). An RTO is strictly regulated by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). This guarantees you will be studying a quality-assured and nationally recognised qualification.

Recognition of Prior Learning
RTOs are also able to offer Recognition of Prior Learning for work experience or formal qualifications you may have undertaken to shorten the time you have to study. Ask a course provider for more details during the enrolment process.

Payment options

You can choose to pay for your qualification through an up-front payment or by setting up an instalment plan, where your course fees are split across regular weekly or fortnightly payments.

Enquire now for more details.

About this provider

We are one of the few Registered Training Organisations in Australia who endeavour to deliver flexible online training solutions designed to fit our students’ lifestyles. We provide excellence in Vocational Education and Training and have an established partnership network that drives the quality of graduates across each industry.

Foundation Education RTO 22557.

Operating since 2012
Legal name Foundation Education Pty Ltd
RTO code 22557