Certificate III in Dental Assisting HLT35021


Our nationally recognised HLT35021 Certificate III in Dental Assisting is just what you need to begin an exciting career in the dental industry. Train in critical areas, such as infection control, patient management, oral health education, and dental procedures, and enjoy the great job prospects coming your way.

Course Breakdown


HLT35021 Certificate III in Dental Assisting

Course duration: Self-paced - maximum of 18 months

Recommended hours per week: 15.5h

Qualification level: Certificate III

Delivery method: Online with Work Placement

Awarded by: Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197)


Industry Overview

The dental industry is a critical component of the broader healthcare sector, focused on oral health and hygiene. It encompasses a variety of services such as diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and disorders related to the oral cavity. The industry is composed of a diverse range of professionals, including general dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, dental assistants, and dental hygienists, all working together to ensure optimal oral health for individuals. With an increasing understanding of the link between oral health and overall wellness, the dental industry is expected to grow significantly in the future. Technological advancements such as digital dentistry, tele-dentistry, and 3D printing are also shaping the industry, providing more precise, efficient, and personalized care for patients. In addition, there is a growing demand for preventive and cosmetic dental services, further driving the industry's expansion. 

Is this course for you?

Dental Assisting is designed for individuals who are interested in starting a career in the dental industry or those who are already working in the field and wish to formalize their skills with a recognized qualification. This course is suitable for those who have a genuine interest in healthcare, oral hygiene, and patient care. It is also an excellent fit for individuals who are organized, have strong interpersonal skills, and can work well in a team-oriented environment as these traits are crucial for dental assistants. Additionally, it's an ideal starting point for those who may wish to further their studies in dentistry in the future, such as aspiring dental hygienists or dental therapists.  

If you are an existing worker or have experience in the related industry, please inform our enrolment consultants during your enrolment conversation. You may be eligible to enrol as an existing worker and complete your studies faster. Please note - limitations do apply.

What you will learn

The HLT35021 Certificate III in Dental Assisting equips students with a broad range of skills and knowledge required for effective dental assistance. Here is a list of what you will learn in this course:  

  • Dental Terminology: Understanding the specific terms and language used in the dental field.  
  • Patient Care: How to provide comfort, support, and assistance to patients before, during, and after dental procedures.  
  • Infection Control: Knowledge and practical skills to maintain high standards of infection control in a dental setting.  
  • Chair-side Assistance: How to effectively assist dentists during various dental procedures, including preparation and organization of dental instruments and materials.  
  • Oral Health Education: Techniques for educating patients about maintaining good oral health and preventing dental diseases.  
  • Dental Radiography: Basic principles and safety protocols of dental radiography, and how to assist in taking dental X-rays.  
  • Dental Anatomy and Physiology: Understanding of the structure, functions, and conditions of teeth, mouth, and jaw.  
  • Dental Office Administration: Skills to manage administrative tasks in a dental practice, including scheduling, record-keeping, and communication.  
  • Equipment Maintenance: How to maintain, clean, and sterilize dental equipment.  
  • Dental Procedures: An overview of common dental procedures, their purpose, and how to assist in their execution.  
  • First Aid: Providing immediate care in emergency situations, including CPR.  
  • Professional Ethics: Understanding the ethical and legal responsibilities in a dental practice.  

Learning Material

Your learning materials are accessed through OpenSpace. These include;

  • Online Learning Content
  • Videos
  • Self-checks 
  • Additional activities, such as:      o    Glossary of terms       o    Access to relevant legislation      o    Web links to relevant articles and information sources       o    Workplace policies and procedures manuals      o    Written practical procedures      o    Access to current legislation

Your trainer

Dorina Iancu
Dorina has almost 20 years experience as a dental assistant, working in busy private clinics in the Perth area. Professional but sympathetic approach when providing dental care to her patients, Dorina is passionate about educating everyone on the importance of oral hygiene.

Academic Information

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements.

Certificate III in Dental Assisting

Communicate and work in health or community services
  • Communicate effectively with people
  • Collaborate with colleagues
  • Address constraints to communication
  • Report problems to supervisor
  • Complete workplace correspondence and documentation
  • Contribute to continuous improvement
Work with diverse people
  • Reflect on own perspectives
  • Appreciate diversity and inclusiveness, and their benefits
  • Communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and situations
  • Promote understanding across diverse groups
Participate in workplace health and safety
  • Follow safe work practices.
  • Implement safe work practices.
  • Contribute to safe work practices in the workplace.
  • Reflect on own safe work practices.
Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control
  • Understanding the principles of infection prevention and control   
  • Implementing standard precautions in healthcare settings   
  • Identifying and responding to infection risks   
  • Practicing hand hygiene and other infection control measures   
  • Maintaining a clean and safe healthcare environment
Prepare for and assist with dental procedures
  • Preparing the dental treatment area and equipment   
  • Assisting the dental professional during procedures   
  • Providing support and comfort to patients during procedures   
  • Managing and documenting patient records   
  • Following infection control protocols in the dental setting
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Assessment Details

  • Multiple choice Quiz
  • Projects
  • Role plays
  • Video
  • Work Placement
  • Written assignments

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

We understand that you may already have many skills and areas of expertise that you have obtained in different ways and these are recognised through our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

Our Credit Transfer & Recognition of Prior Learning Policy, available in the Key Student Information section of our website, provides more information about our RPL process. Alternatively, you can contact an Enrolment Consultant to discuss your RPL options.

Course Duration

The duration for the course is maximum 18 months. As a self-paced online course, the time it will take you to complete is flexible and dependent on ability and time available.


Work Placement

This course contains a minimum of 350 hours of work placement.

What are the benefits?

  • By undertaking a work placement you’ll get a chance to put the knowledge you’ve learned on your course into practice.
  • You’ll also develop practical, on-the-job skills and could make contacts that could help you find a job once you graduate.
  • Work placement is often the most rewarding part of a student’s course. Working face-to-face with clients and colleagues in your chosen field makes a huge difference to your career confidence.

How do I find a work placement?

You’ll need to find a work placement yourself and ensure it’s approved by Open Colleges. When looking for a suitable work placement host organisation, have a think about the following:

  • Are you already working or volunteering in the industry your course is related to? You could potentially do your work placement at your current place of work or have contacts that could recommend a suitable work place. Ask around!
  • If you’re entering a new industry, do some research and start thinking about organisations you could approach. We have plenty of resources available to help with approaching and finding a suitable work placement organisation.

Cost of work placement

All costs of work placement, including any placement fees charged by the host organisation (whether to the student or Open Colleges), cost of statutory checks and vaccinations, travel, accommodation, and uniforms are the responsibility of the student. These fees will vary and are dependent on your location within Australia.

  • Costs for statutory checks will range between $0 - $100 dependent on the type of check you select and your state.
  • Costs for vaccinations will very between practitioners, please refer to your GP for approximate costs.
  • Placement fees will vary, please discuss this with your intended host organisation for approximate costs.

Host organisation

You will be required to complete a minimum of 350 hours of work placement in 2 blocks. This may be completed as a block or part-time depending on organisation requirements. 

Work placement block 1 can only be commenced after successful completion of Modules 1 – 4 inclusive. Work placement block 2 can only be commenced after successful completion of Modules 6 – 8 inclusive. You will not be able to achieve competencies until you have completed some of your work placement hours. 


Please note that your host organisation may require you to provide an up to date immunisation history prior to the commencement of your work placement. Open Colleges has no control over this requirement so if you are unable to provide this, you will need to discuss it with your intended Host Organisation. 

It should also be noted that some immunisations, such as Hepatitis B and COVID-19, need multiple injections to be administered over a specific time period before you are deemed immune. It is important that you consult with your GP as soon as possible to avoid delays in starting your work placement. 


Please note that your host organisation may require you to provide an up to date immunisation history prior to the commencement of your work placement. Open Colleges has no control over this requirement so if you are unable to provide this, you will need to discuss it with your intended Host Organisation.

It should also be noted that some immunisations, such as Hepatitis B and COVID-19, need multiple injections to be administered over a specific time period before you are deemed immune. It is important that you consult with your GP as soon as possible to avoid delays in starting your work placement.

Supervisor requirements

Your supervisor is required to have completed the Certificate III in Dental Assisting (or higher) and have 5 years of relevant industry experience.  


Open Colleges recommends that you consider the work placement options in your local area prior to enrolling in this course.


Study and pay, your way

Payment Options

Pay Upfront
Save 30%
$3,311.00 Save $1,419.00
was $4,730.00
Week to week
Pay as you go
Save 13%
Pay in 74 instalments over the length of your course.
$52.43 Weekly
Total course cost: $4,080.00
was $4,730.00
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Studying online with Open Colleges

Flexibility - study at your own pace

When you study online with Open Colleges you’re in control.

You can choose to complete your course quickly, or keep to a steady pace. Learning is fully flexible so you can fit your everyday commitments around your studies.

Everything you need to study is online so you can study wherever you like – but that doesn’t mean you’re on your own.

OpenSpace is our online learning platform. It’s where you’ll go to access your learning materials, contact your expert trainers and assessors and upload your assessments.

What is OpenSpace?

It’s important to us that we deliver a superior, online learning platform that meets our students’ needs. That’s why we have upgraded to our brand new, custom-designed learning platform, OpenSpace.

OpenSpace provides you with a user-friendly interface, that is mobile responsive. This means that you can complete your coursework using your laptop, iPad, or mobile device. All coursework is automatically saved, providing you with the flexibility you need to complete your studies anywhere, anytime.

How to get support?

Learning Support

The learning support team will be with you every step of the way, from enrolment to graduation. They’re here to help you get the most out of your online course. They can assist by providing non-academic support - like helping you craft an achievable study plan so that you can graduate in a realistic timeframe. If you’re finding it tough to stay motivated throughout your course, they’ll be there to help keep you on track.

Student support

The Student Support team is your one-stop service centre for all student administrative issues – including enrolment, change of contact details, OpenSpace support, assessment results and certification.

You can access the Student Support team by email or phone