Qualification details

HLT31812 - Certificate III in Dental Assisting (Release 1)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 07/May/2012

Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to HLT31807 - Certificate III in Dental AssistingUpdated in V5 Updated core unit HLTFA311A Apply first aid 06/May/2012
Is superseded by HLT35015 - Certificate III in Dental AssistingThis version was released in HLT Health Training Package release 3.0 and meets the requirements of the 2012 Standards for Training Packages. Change in packaging rules. Minimum work requirments 250 hours. 07/Dec/2015

Training packages that include this qualification


SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 423211 Dental Assistant 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 6391-11 Dental Assistant 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0607 Dental Studies 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Direct Client Care 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Dental Assistant 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 423211 Dental Assistant 02/Oct/2012 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 6391-11 Dental Assistant 02/Oct/2012 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0607 Dental Studies 02/Oct/2012 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 07/May/2012 
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Modification History

HLT07 Version 4

HLT 07 Version 5


HLT31807 Certificate III in Dental Assisting

HLT31812 Certificate III in Dental Assisting

Updated first aid core unit in V5

Qualification outcome equivalent

HLTWHS200A Participate in WHS processes has changed from an OHS unit to a WHS unit


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

This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeships pathways.

Occupational title for this worker is:

  • Dental assistant

Pathways Information

Not Applicable

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

Not Applicable

Employability Skills Summary

Refer to the Topic: Introduction to the Employability Skills Qualification Summaries

Packaging Rules


8 units of competency are required for award of this qualification including:

  • 8 core units

Core units 

HLTDA303D Prepare for and assist with oral health care procedures

(Note pre-requs: HLTIN301C, HLTIN302C, HLTWHS200A)

HLTDA304D Assist with dental radiography

(Note pre-requs: HLTIN301C, HLTIN302C, HLTWHS200A)

HLTDA306D Assist with administration in dental practice (Note pre-requs: HLTIN301C, HLTIN302C, HLTDA303D, HLTWHS200A)

HLTFA311A Apply first aid

HLTHIR301C Communicate and work effectively in health

HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures

HLTIN302C Process reusable instruments and equipment in health work

(Note pre-requ: HLTIN301C)

HLTWHS200A Participate in WHS processes

The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice 

All workers undertaking work in health need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Health Training Package.

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