HLT45015 Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Radiography & Oral Health Promotion Specialisation)

Set yourself up with the skills and knowledge you need provide positive dental experiences.

According to the Job Outlook website, as published by the Australian government, dental assisting employment opportunities are projected to grow over the next five years at a moderate growth rate*. With qualified Dental Assistants in demand, now is a great time to gain specialist knowledge in radiography and oral health promotion, as learned in the Certificate IV in Dental Assisting – Radiography and Oral Health Promotion Specialisation.

The Certificate IV in Dental Assisting – Radiography and Oral Health Promotion Specialisation will equip you with the skills required to ensure the smooth running of a dental practice. You will learn how to manage appointments, record and reconcile payments and maintain patient records as part of your dental reception duties. You will also learn to implement standard and transmission-based precautions, respond to infection risk, prepare necessary equipment, instruments and materials for oral health care procedures and assist operators with the delivery of these procedures.

As part of the dual specialisation, you will learn how to expose a prescribed dental radiographic image, produce a prescribed dental radiographic image and apply the principles of radiation biology and protection in dental practice. You will also learn how to implement an individualised oral hygiene program and an oral health promotion program.

The theory components of this course are delivered online for completion in your own time, in conjunction with 250 hour of work experience in a dental clinic of your choosing and an initial 50 hours completed in simulation. Your demonstrated ability in the dental industry will expand your opportunities in a range of areas, including community health clinics and the dental, oral surgery and orthodontics sectors.

Upon graduation, you will be qualified to provide an advanced level of assistance to dental professionals as a Dental Assistant or Dental Hygienist Assistant. With your dual specialisation, you will also be qualified to implement oral health promotion programs and produce prescribed dental radiographic images as an Oral Health Advisor or Dental Radiographer Assistant.

*Source: Joboutlook.gov.au

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)

Study mode


Course duration

12 months


This course can help you get a job as:

Job TitleAvg Salary
Dental Hygienist$1,440 weekly pay
Dental Assistant$1,150 weekly pay
Dental Nurse$1,150 weekly pay
Dental Technician$1,150 weekly pay
Oral Health Therapist$1,440 weekly pay
Radiographer$1,340 weekly pay
Medical Imaging Assistant$1,050 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 HLT45015 Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Radiography & Oral Health Promotion Specialisation). 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 HLT45015 Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Radiography & Oral Health Promotion Specialisation) 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.

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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