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Start date(s):

February, July

Course length:

Full Time: 2 years



This two-year hands-on course will provide you with the opportunity to learn the skills you require to commence your career as a dental technician. To maximise your employment opportunities, you will complete specialised training in the use of computer-aided design (CAD) and learn about computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) processes. You will learn to design, manufacture, modify and repair prostheses and appliances, such as dentures, mouthguards, bridges and crowns.

A dental technician may work in a large dental laboratory or go into private practice. You will be trained in our purpose-built facilities, which have been designed to simulate the workplace environment.

Our teaching staff are all qualified dental technicians or dental prosthetists. Each student has their own workstation where you are able to use highly technical equipment to create dental appliances. Safety is always of paramount importance in the laboratory.

The course also includes important skills such as communication, first aid, infection control, work, health and safety processes (WHS), and business management skills, which are particularly important if you plan to go into private practice.

Course structure

To receive this qualification you must complete 20 core units and five elective units. Elective units have been chosen by Holmesglen based on feedback from industry and staff qualifications. If you have already completed other eligible elective units, these may be counted towards completion of this program.


Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards





Articulate models and transfer records


Communicate and work in health or community services


Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures


Construct cast alloy removable partial denture framework


Construct ceramic and fixed restorations


Construct complete removable acrylic dentures and appliances


Construct crown and bridge structures


Construct custom impression trays


Construct immediate dentures


Construct models


Construct oral splints


Construct orthodontic appliances


Construct registration rims


Construct removable acrylic partial dentures


Construct thermoformed bases and appliances


Join alloy structures


Maintain work health and safety


Provide first aid


Repair and modify dentures and appliances


Work with diverse people


Deliver and monitor a service to customers


Maintain business resources


Operate Computer-aided Design (CAD) System To Produce Basic Drawing Elements


Use business technology


Use Computer-aided Design (CAD) To Create And Display 3-D Models

Entry requirements

Prior to enrolment or commencement of training you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and a pre-training interview. These will assist with determining your suitability to the course, verify your training plan, and identify any learning support needs.

VCE or equivalent; or mature age (at least 18 years of age and away from formal study for at least one year). Direct entry applicants must sit a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) test. This test will be administered via Holmesglen.

VTAC applications must sit a BKSB test; please contact Holmesglen by the end of November to arrange test details. Language, literacy and numeracy skills are required to the entry level of the HLT55115 Diploma of Dental Technology. A background in arts and science is an advantage.

Students will be required to attend an interview


You may be able to shorten the length of your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.



After successfully completing this course, you will be eligible to receive the nationally endorsed HLT55115 Diploma of Dental Technology.


Successful completion of the Diploma of Dental Technology will enable graduates to pursue the HLT65015 Advanced Diploma of Dental Prosthetics.


- Dental technician in dental surgeries, dental laboratories or denture clinics
- Dental laboratory owner/operator

How to apply


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Visit How to Apply for more information on the application process.


Apply through VTAC for the February intake for full-time study.


Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.

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Full Fee


Government subsidised


Holmesglen tuition fees shown are all inclusive and indicative of the cost to complete the entire course.
These are indicative fees only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

VET Student Loans are available to eligible students to pay for tuition fees for this course. Read more about VET Student Loans.

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Contact details
Dental Open Days

Whether you're just starting out in your dental career, or upgrading your qualifications, Holmesglen is in touch with the needs of industry and provides the education and training you need and employers expect.

We understand studying is not just about gaining a qualification; it's about graduating with the confidence and skills to start a successful dental career.

Visit us on Open Day for a formal presentation on Holmesglen's Dental Technology program, starting at 4.30pm, followed by a tour of our purpose built simulation dental laboratories.

- , Thu, 09 Aug - bookings essential.

Holmesglen Chadstone Campus, Batesford Road Chadstone 3148 Australia

In partnership with Charles Sturt University (CSU), Holmesglen delivers the Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene) at our Chadstone campus. This degree is delivered primarily at Holmesglen in years one and two with placements in Wagga Wagga. During third year students relocate to NSW and undertake a variety of placements across different clinical sites.

Visit us on Open Days to learn about the Charles Sturt University, Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene) program. Meet our teaching staff and tour our purpose built simulation clinic and laboratories.

Applications can be made through VTAC.

- , Thu, 09 Aug - bookings essential.

Holmesglen Chadstone Campus, Batesford Road Chadstone 3148 Australia

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