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Certificate III in Dental Assisting
enrolment are now open for entry into the
HLT31807 Certificate III in Dental Assisting
conducted by the NSW Dental Assistants' (Professional) Association Inc.
What does this
A Certificate III qualification provides the knowledge & skills needed to assist
in a modern dental practice or clinic during all types of oral health procedures
maintaining a high standard of infection control and occupational health and
The course provides the necessary training to satisfy the nationally recognised
competencies such as
- Communicate and Work Effectively in Health
- Comply with infection control policies and procedures in health work
- Process reusable instruments and equipment in health work
- Participate in OHS processes
- Prepare for and assist with oral health care procedures
- Assist with dental radiography
- Assist with administration in dental practice
- Apply First Aid
How long is the
Classroom course - duration is 11 months - attendance at the training centre is required one afternoon/evening of 6 hours duration per week. Additionally, there may be up to six full-day Saturday workshop/tutorials.
Full attendance is mandatory
Training Centres are located at Stanmore and Gosford.
Term & semester breaks are generally in line with public school vacations.
Approx 1 – 2 hours per week of home study in addition to lecture attendance is
Flexible delivery (correspondence) enroll anytime and study at your own pace. A tutor will be assigned to you and work through the course content with you.
Recommended time for completion is 12 - 18 months and students are encouraged to finalise their training within 2 years.
Additional fees may apply if training continues after 24 months.
Assessments may include simulated and actual workplace assessments, verbal
questioning, written reports, project presentations, off the job practical
assessments and assignments.
What accreditation will I receive?
On successful completion of the course, students will receive a nationally
recognised Certificate III in Dental Assisting from the NSW
Dental Assistants’ (Professional) Association, a Registered Training
Organisation. (See the Australian Skills Quality Authority website for details).
Who can enrol?
Students must be 17 years of age, with at least a school certificate or equivalent qualification. International students require a minimum of School Certificate level English skills or 5.5 IELTS with good ability to converse in English.
Current employment in a dental practice with a minimum of 3 months experience is
preferred, however students demonstrating a willingness to be placed in suitable
employment and following consultation with the course co-ordinator will be
considered. Students are required to be employed as dental assistants by the end
of first term. Assistance with employment will be considered.
Students should have residency in NSW.
Enrolments are open now – application forms available from the Course Co-ordinator
Classroom based course commences: Stanmore February 2012
Course Delivery Options:
Classroom based - smaller class sizes and individual attention to students. Tutors are fully qualified and a variety of guest lecturers
include specialist dentists highly regarded in their field of expertise.
Flexible delivery - study at home in your own time or select a mix of classroom sessions and home study.
Upgrades of Proficiency Certificates welcome - individual student assessment is given and any gap training identified.
Your experience and skills are recognised.
Traineeships - if you are a new employee, or commencing a new work contract, you may be eligible for government funding for your course fees. Employers may also be eligible for up to $4000.00 government incentive payment.
Mature age students are welcome. Recognition of prior learning, formal or informal will be considered following assessment.
Conditions of enrolment may apply.
Current employment in the dental industry is essential.
Classroom based fee includes a mandatory Senior First Aid course
Flexible delivery does not include First Aid - this is the responsibility of the student, however we can assist you to find a course convenient for your location.
Fees cover the cost of all lectures, tutorials, the required text - The Manual of Dental Assisting 4e, course notes, handouts, materials, assessment fees, a WorkCover approved First Aid Certificate, the Nationally recognised Certificate III in Dental Assisting and the NSW DAA Badge on successful completion of training.
Fees may be paid in installments over an agreed timeframe.
Further information may be obtained by contacting the NSW DAA:
(02) 9569 3220
or in writing to:
NSW Dental Assistants’ (Prof) Assn
PO Box 40
Westgate NSW 2048
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