Health Care

HLT35015 Certificate III in Dental Assisting (Traineeship Only)

Qualification Description

This qualification reflects the role of workers who assist a dentist, dental hygienist, dental prosthetist, dental therapist or oral health therapist during oral health care procedures. Their role includes maintaining high standards of infection control, assisting with practice administration and supporting quality and professionalism in the dental sector.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 250 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


Further study pathways – This qualification will provide you with a pathway to HLT45015 Certificate IV in Dental Assisting or alternative dental higher education qualifications.

Employment pathways – Although it does not guarantee an employment outcome, completion of this qualification could lead to your employment in the dental health industry, such as a dental assistant or dental laboratory assistant.

Entry Requirements

You are required to undertake a Pre Training Review prior to enrolment to identify competencies you have previously acquired and to ascertain your suitability and appropriateness for this qualification. The Pre Training Review is designed to ensure we can help you participate in and successfully attain your desired learning outcomes.

Mandatory requirements – There are no mandatory requirements for this qualification.

Suitability requirements – This qualification requires a student to meet the following suitability requirements:

  • have physical attributes suitable for placement in the dental industry that encompasses manual handling of equipment and clients (eg to assist a patient in transferring themselves to and from a dental chair)

Materials, equipment and resources – You will need access to a computer with Internet.

Workplace Experience

This qualification requires the student to be a trainee or an existing worker.

Trainees who are undertaking this program as part of a training contract with an approved employer for the duration of the traineeship (in accordance with the regulations set out by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority). Existing workers must be employed by a dental practitioner as a dental assistant.

Qualification Structure

To successfully complete HLT35015 Certificate III in Dental Assisting you must complete the following units of competency.

Unit CodeUnit TitleC/EStreamPR/CR
1CHCCOM005Communicate and work in health or community servicesC--
2CHCDIV001Work with diverse peopleC--
3HLTAID003Provide first aidC--
4HLTDEN001Prepare for and assist with oral health care proceduresC--
5HLTDEN002Assist with dental radiographyC--
6HLTDEN003Assist with administration in dental practiceC--
7HLTINF001Comply with infection prevention and control policies and proceduresC--
8HLTINF002Process reusable medical devices and equipmentC--
9HLTOHC003Apply and manage use of basic oral health productsE--
10HLTOHC004Provide or assist with oral hygieneE--
11HLTWHS001Participate in workplace health and safetyC--

LEGEND C = Core E = Elective PR = Pre-requisite CR = Co-requisite * = unit has pre-requisite/s