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What to expect whilst studying Dental Assisting with AADA.

Our Dental Assisting course is competency based and will teach you everything you need to know to become a qualified Dental Assistant.  You will have the knowledge and the skills to go straight into a DA role anywhere within the country and commence with confidence on day one.

Course Information – HLT35015 – Certificate III in Dental Assisting
Core and Elective Components – Full Qualification

Competencies and Training Mode – Structured Training Core/Elective
Stage 1 Month 1 – 5
HLTINF001 Comply with Infection Control Core
HLTINFOO2 Process reusable medical devices Core
HLTWHS001 Participate in Work, Health & Safety Core
CHCCOM005 Communicate, work in Health Core
CHCDIV001 Work with Diverse People Core
Stage 2 Month 5 – 9
HLTDEN001 Assist with Oral Health Procedures Core
HLTDEN002 assist with Dental Radiography Core
HLTDEN003 Assist with Dental Administration Core
Stage 3 Month 9 – 12              
HLTOHC003 Apply & Manage use of Basic oral health products Elective
HLTOHC004 Provide or assist with oral hygiene Elective
First Aid   Month 1 – 9 
HLTDAID003 Provide First Aid
(Must be completed prior to commencement of Stage 3)

(table above based on 12 month duration)

About AADA

There are three stages in the program.  When you start your program you will receive a training plan which will reflect the actual start and end dates of each stage.  This will ensure that you remain on track with your course.  The competencies must be taken in the sequence displayed in the above table.  Students undertaking the course on a part time basis will receive a training plan which reflects the progress over 24 months.  A part time student must be hosted/employed for a minimum of 15 hours per week.

Upon enrolment, the student is issued with full colour hard copy learning resources for the theory component.  A login and password will be emailed for access to the online electronic resources and assessments.

The student may be employed within industry to gain practical skills in the workplace, while undertaking the course, either on a part time or full-time basis.


The student is required to seek a dental practice that is willing to host them for a duration of three days per week, in an unpaid position, that will enable them to gain the practical skills required to successfully complete the course.

The participant is required to wear enclosed hard top shoes, long black pants, no jewellery and hair must either be short or tied back from the face.   The shirt must have sleeves that do not go beyond the elbow.  The dental practice will be responsible for issuing the participant with a gown, mask, protective eyewear and disposable gloves.

Assessment is by online education and demonstrated tasks in the workplace; the workplace assessments will be negotiated in conjunction with the student and the Workplace to take part at the end of each stage.  Third party evidence must be submitted in the form of the Evidence Portfolio and Log Book which requires 300 hours to be undertaken in the workplace for the competency HLTDEN001.  Learning activities must also be submitted as completed.

Eligibility Requirements
You will need to have completed year 10 with a pass in Maths and English; however, industry experience in a workplace that requires the use of written documentation and communication may be acceptable.

The applicant should be able to demonstrate a strong understanding of the English language due to the medical terminology within the program.

Strong written and verbal communication skills are a necessity to ensure safety within the Healthcare setting and two core units of competency are dedicated to Communication within this course.

You will need to be at least 16 years old, and if under 18 enrolment forms will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.  You will need to be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Equivalent in order be eligible to enrol in this program.

In order to complete the on-line part of the course you will need regular access to a computer and the internet.

Fees and charges
Our training and assessment programs do attract fees.  These fees are to be paid in advance as per the following terms.

HLT35015 Certificate III in Dental Assisting is delivered as a Fee for Service course.  The total cost of the course is $4,500.

The fees are paid over three stages.  An initial payment of $1,500 is required before undergoing a two and a half-day induction to the program which is conducted at Alita Dental to determine if the participant is happy to continue in the program.  This is essentially an introduction to the basics of Dental Assisting within a work environment.

Should the participant choose not to continue with the program, then a refund of $750 is payable to that person.

Our learning resources meet the standard of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) and are drafted  from the endorsed resources of the Health Training Package, which are listed on the following website that being the National Register, for the National Training System.

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