This is a Free TAFE for Priority Course. Find out about your eligibility

Learn all the theory and practical elements of being a dental assistant and achieve a nationally recognised qualification.

The qualification provides you with all the knowledge and skills needed to assist a dentist, dental hygienist or dental therapist, dental prosthetists, or oral health therapists during all health care procedures. You will learn how to help maintain high standards of infection control and to assist with practice administration.

The course includes important skills such as communication, first aid, infection control, work, health and safety processes (WHS), and working with diverse people.

You will attend three days per week and be trained in our purpose-built facilities at Frankston, which have been designed to simulate the workplace environment. This includes receiving and preparing patients, preparing dental materials, processing X-rays, using suction devices and water sprays, performing routine maintenance on equipment, sterilising and preventing cross infection of equipment.
The training is carried out by our highly qualified dental staff.
This course will provide you with increased career opportunities to work as a dental assistant in a private or public dental practice, involved in maintaining high standards of infection control, assisting with practice administration and supporting quality and professionalism in the dental sector.
No industry experience is required to commence this course.

You are required to source 250 hours of work placement at a dental practice in order to complete this qualification.

Please note: The information on the page is for non-trainees only. We do offer a traineeship version of this course. View the traineeship version of this course.

Please note that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements, to continue your learning journey, this program will be delivered remotely where possible.

Participants will be required to engage with theoretical components of the course online and via video conferencing software rather than attend classes. Refer to our COVID-19 Online Service Standards for details of minimum technical requirements and support available.

Practical skills training and assessment will be carried out in scheduled small classes to meet social distancing requirements. Practical Placement is a required component of this course and will be scheduled as soon as possible with an appropriate placement host. Given the current environment, however, this may take longer than normal and therefore, expected completion dates for the course may need to be extended to take account of deferred placement.

If you have any queries on the practical placement of a course, please contact our student information centre on 1300 244 746 or

Course code
Delivery location
Not available Online
Not available for International students
Full Time, 9 months.
Start dates
January, July 2022

Chisholm courses are subject to minimum and maximum group numbers. Courses may be cancelled or postponed if minimum numbers are not achieved by the start date of the course. Courses may close prior to the start date if the maximum numbers are reached. In that situation, eligible applicants will be offered a place in the next available intake.