Certificate III in Dental Assisting

This qualification provides the knowledge and skills needed to assist a dentist, dental hygienist or dental therapist during all health care procedures, to help maintain high standards of infection control and to assist with practice administration.

This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeships pathways.

Occupational title for this worker is:

Dental assistant



8 units of competency are required for award of this qualification including:

8 core units

Core units

add topic HLTDA303D Prepare for and assist with oral health care procedures

(Note pre-requs: add topic HLTIN301C , add topic HLTIN302C , add topic HLTWHS200A )

add topic HLTDA304D Assist with dental radiography

(Note pre-requs: add topic HLTIN301C , add topic HLTIN302C , add topic HLTWHS200A )

add topic HLTDA306D Assist with administration in dental practice (Note pre-requs: add topic HLTIN301C , add topic HLTIN302C , add topic HLTDA303D , add topic HLTWHS200A )

add topic HLTFA311A Apply first aid

add topic HLTHIR301C Communicate and work effectively in health

add topic HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures

add topic HLTIN302C Process reusable instruments and equipment in health work

(Note pre-requ: add topic HLTIN301C )

add topic HLTWHS200A Participate in WHS processes

The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice

All workers undertaking work in health need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Health Training Package.


    Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

Not Applicable

Employability Skills

Refer to the Topic: Introduction to the Employability Skills Qualification Summaries