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Are you keen to work in a stable industry with good employment prospects? Our Certificate III in Dental Assisting, provides the skills and knowledge needed to assist a dentist, dental hygienist or dental therapist during all health care procedures and help maintain high standards of infection control and safety in dental clinics.Our Certificate III in Dental Assisting is a nationally recognised qualification suitable for school leavers wanting to enter into a dental profession, mature age workers entering into or currently employed as dental assistants and those who enjoy working with people, have good hand eye coordination, empathy and communication skills. ENROLLING IN FIRST AID UNITS OF COMPETENCYIf you are seeking to enrol in a First Aid unit of competency you are advised that to complete the unit you must be able to perform basic life support skills, for example control bleeding and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). If you have a disability that would prevent you from performing required basic life support skills you are advised that you will not be able to achieve the unit of competency.Other requirementsWORK PLACEMENTSMany TAFE courses have a compulsory work placement component to assist you to apply your learning in a practical environment and you may be required to comply with some (or all) of the following:1. HEALTH - NSW MINISTRY OF HEALTHBefore you undertake a clinical work placement:• If you are over 18 you will be required to undertake a National Criminal Record Check. Visit: http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/about_us/structure/specialist_operations/forensic_services/criminal_records_section• You will be required to sign the NSW Health Student Undertaking where you agree to notify NSW Health if your status changes after the date of issue of your National Police Certificate or during the completion of your course.• You will be required to undertake Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Infectious Diseases and provide your Health Care Worker/Student Vaccination Record Card.• You will be required to read and sign the NSW Health Code of Conduct form. Visit: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/ and type 'clinical placement' in search area.2. AGED CARE WORK - As per NSW Health requirements for the National Criminal Record Check.3. COMMUNITY AND CHILDREN'S SERVICES - Anyone in child-related work (including student placements and volunteers) MUST have a current Working with Children Check (students/volunteers free) in line with the Office of Children's Guardian phase-in schedule and processes. Visit: http://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/Working-with-children/working-with-children-check4. STUDENT READINESS FOR WORK PLACEMENT - Generally work placements will only occur after there has been a reasonable amount of student/teacher contact and when the teacher is satisfied that you are ready to benefit from workplace learning and perform workplace duties. Your teacher can provide further information. STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILTIES - For more information visit: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/courses/rights-and-responsibilities/index.htm#.U8X86PmSzAk
Literacy and NumeracyWhile this training package does not specify any entry requirements, students do need to have, or be able to attain, a level of literacy and numeracy competency that will enable them to gain the required skills and knowledge to complete their course and ultimately to work in their chosen field. North Coast TAFE is committed to ensuring that students receive training, assessment and support services that meet their individual needs. Therefore, before commencing this course, you may be required to complete a literacy/numeracy assessment. This assessment is designed to identify students who may be at risk of not being able to complete their course due to the level of Literacy and Numeracy skills required to complete the course.
Dental assistant, dental professional, dental hygienist
A TAFE NSW Certificate IV or Diploma could give you up 6 to 12 months advanced standing in a university degree and some Advanced Diplomas offer even more credit.
Choosing a TAFE to University Pathway at North Coast TAFE is a great way to get practical ‘job ready’ skills and then gain entry to a university at an advanced stage.
More information can be found on our TAFE 2 uni page on our website.
Why study something again if you already have the skills and knowledge? Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is about helping you get your qualification faster and getting you to where you want to be!
Working with one of our RPL assessors we’ll review your life and work experiences as well as any previous study you may have done to confirm just what we can match up with your current course of study.
Note: Some short, licensing or compliance courses, eg Food Safety for Supervisors or First Aid are not granted RPL as demonstrated competency is required by regulatory authorities.
Find out more about RPL at North Coast TAFE
North Coast TAFE offers a wide choice of courses, some that attract government subsidies and some that do not. The fees payable will vary, depending on your personal circumstances, your study history and the course you choose.
Your government subsidised fee, and your eligibility for concessions, exemptions and scholarships, are all calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.
The 2017 subsidised fees indicated on this page are indicative only and based on 2016 fees. The state government may make some small changes to fees and subsidies for 2017 enrolments and we will update our site if and when that happens.
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