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.
Vocational Placement or Structured Workplace learning is an essential requirement to successfully complete the Certificate III in Dental Assisting HLT35015. While you are undertaking Work Placement you will receive on the Job Training and can put the theory and skills you have learnt while undertaking your theory components of the course into practice.
The aims of Vocational Placement are for you too:
You will be required to complete a min 250 hours of vocational placement.
Your Trainer and Assessor will be in constant contact with you while you progress through your theory components of the course and ensure appropriate times to complete onsite assessments in the workplace are negotiated at a time appropriate to all parties.
No, you can enrol and start the course first. By starting the underpinning knowledge of the units of competency within the qualification before you start work, this can/will assist you in understanding expectations within the workplace.
Yes, however AADA college will need to check that your current workplace and supervisor meet the requirements of the course.
To meet the National requirements of this course, the majority of Vocational Placement will need to occur in a General Dental Practice. They must provide a range of oral health care procedures, including endodontics and oral surgery.
This could include:
If you are undertaking your Vocational Placement at a Specialist Dental Practice, you may need to undertake part of your placement in a General Dental Practice in order to complete the full requirements of the course.
No, AADA College provides Public and Product Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance during your Vocational Placement.
It is expected you will find your own Vocational Placement. Approaching General Dental Practices for the opportunity to complete your Vocational Placement while undertaking the Certificate III in Dental Assisting HLT35015 will prove to be great practice for you in finding a job within in the industry.
The employer who provides you with the opportunity for Vocational Placement may offer you a job when you graduate! Use this time as a though it is an extended interview. Ensuring you arrive to work on time and ready to work while you are there can show the employer you are serious about working with them upon completion of your course.
AADA College will provide you advise on finding your Vocational Placement in the forms of:
As a guide AADA College, expects students within metropolitan areas to make approximately 8 attempts in securing Vocational Placement before we step in. Students within regional areas may have fewer options, however we would expect that you had contacted/visited as many Dental practices within your area as possible.
Remember that this is an important opportunity to develop the skills required to secure paid employment later.
AADA College will provide you with clear guidelines to make sure you complete any necessary documentation or assessments before you start. Here are a few key steps that you need to be aware of to ensure a smooth transition to the workplace.
This depends on the employer, you may be required to meet specific requirements due to the nature of the industry. These may vary by workplace and may include:
Please not if the above are required for your Vocational Placement, these check will be at a cost to you and must be organised by you.