Programme overview

This programme develops the skills and knowledge needed to support dentists with quality patient care and the running of a dental practice. This programme of industry training leads to the award of the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 3) (Health Assistance Strand).

The programme includes developing and/or recognizing the following competencies in your staff: 

  • Assisting dentists with oral healthcare procedures.
  • Preparing equipment and instruments required for oral healthcare procedures, including sterilisation procedures.
  • Describing tooth notation and anatomy, dental caries, periodontal disease and chart teeth and restorations.
  • Performing clerical and administrative duties.
  • Applying professional and ethical behaviour.
  • Assisting and preparing patients for treatment.
  • Applying infection prevention and control processes and procedures.

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* This programme presently has free enrolment via the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF)


To enrol in the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 3) Dental Assistance, please call 0800 277 486, email: or speak to your local Careerforce Workplace Advisor.

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Level 3

Ideal for

Dental or Oral Health Assistants employed in a range of settings including hospital, community, school and private practice.

Relevant for the following sectors

  • Healthcare Services
  • 70 Credits
  • 12 months
  • $230 (inc GST) FREE ENROLMENT*