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

Combine work-based training as a workplace trainee in a dental practice and learn the theoretical elements with formal training from Chisholm.

Students must be employed in a dental practice and a training contract between the employer and the trainee is required prior to enrolment. Traineeships are a great way to be paid for work, learn and earn a qualification.

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

Chisholm offers flexible training options for students. Delivery can be provided completely in your own workplace via distance learning or on campus with evening classes offered remotely and at our Frankston campus.

We offer this option throughout Melbourne and some regional areas within Victoria. Please contact the department to find out more!

Workplace (via distance learning) or one evening per week delivered with a combination of blended learning via Zoom.

Please note: The unit HLTAID011 Provide First Aid is a mandatory unit for successful completion of this course. Students have the option to complete this unit at our Frankston campus on a Saturday, or provide a Statement of Attainment for the successful completion of this unit.

To successfully complete this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 350 hours of work as a Dental Assistant

Trainee timetable is flexible and students can be enrolled at any time. Please contact the department for further information

The information on the page is for trainees only. View the non-traineeship version of this course.

Free TAFE Pathways

In addition to being a Free TAFE course, this course is also part of the Free TAFE Pathways initiative.

Course code
Delivery location
Not available for International students
Part Time, 9 months.
Start dates
Ongoing. Students can enrol and commence at anytime

Please note: Students may be required to undertake an assessment of their literacy and numeracy as part of their application process.

Nationally Recognised Training logoChisholm is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and provides Nationally Recognised Training (NRT). This means you can be assured that our training will provide you with a qualification that is recognised and respected across Australia.

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.