Certificate IV in Dental Assisting - HLT45021

Bendigo TAFE

Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Vocational Education and Training (VET)
CRICOS: 01218G

This qualification reflects the role of workers who provide an advanced level of assistance to dental practitioners which contributes to the quality of oral health care.The skills in this qualification must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian standards and industry codes of practice.Dental radiography work must only be performed by a person with a radiation user licence granted by the relevant State /Territory regulatory authority under legislation.No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


  • Apply fluoride varnish
  • Inform and support patients and groups about oral health
  • Provide community focused health promotion and prevention strategies
  • Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
  • Manage patient recordkeeping system
  • Sterilise loads
  • Assist in dental procedures during general anaesthesia
  • Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • Implement an individualised oral hygiene program
  • Apply the principles of radiation biology and protection in dental practice
  • Assist in dental procedures during relative analgesia
  • Construct models
  • Prepare to expose a prescribed dental radiographic image
  • Take an impression for study models
  • Implement an oral health promotion program
  • Produce a prescribed dental radiographic image
  • Recognise and respond to oral health issues
  • Assist in dental procedures during conscious sedation
  • Implement an oral hygiene program for older people
  • Construct thermoformed bases and appliances
  • Maintain work health and safety
  • Manage sterile stock
  • Apply and use basic oral health products
  • Supervise and support frontline team members
  • Coordinate business resources
  • Take a clinical photograph
  • Use medical terminology in health care
  • Construct custom impression trays
  • Construct registration rims
  • Develop workplace policy and procedures
  • Provide brief interventions

Standard entry requirements

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who have achieved:HLT31812 Certificate III in Dental Assisting or HLT35015 Certificate III in Dental Assisting orHLT35021 Certificate III in Dental Assisting or equivalent.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Bendigo Domestic: $14,945
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 18 months

Fee comments

Campuses: Bendigo.

You may be entitled to free tuition fees for this course if you meet the eligibility criteria for the State Government’s FREE TAFE for Priority Courses initiative. It's important to know that you may incur other fees, such as materials fees, and you'll need to cover these costs yourself.

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