Diploma of Dental Technology

Course Code HLT55118

  • Full Time
  • 2 years
  • On Campus
  • Chadstone

This course is not available for International Students


The Diploma of Dental Technology provides a gateway to a rewarding career in dentistry, focusing on oral health and the technical intricacies of dental work. Ideal for those who enjoy hands-on work, this program ensures a secure and fulfilling future. Invest in your career and well-being by enrolling today, opening doors to a successful journey in dental technology.

Career Opportunities

  • CAD CAM specialists
  • removable prosthesis technicians
  • orthodontic appliance technicians.

Pathway to further studies

  • HLT65015 Advanced Diploma of Dental Prosthetics
  • (Dental Technician with clinical training).

Studying the Diploma of Dental Technology at Holmesglen

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, mouth guards, bridges and crowns.<p>Dental technicians work in dental laboratories on their own or in groups, under the prescription of dentists, dental prosthetists, or dental specialists. You will be trained in our purpose-built facilities, which have been designed to simulate the workplace environment.<p>Our teaching staff are all qualified dental technicians or dental prosthetists. Each student has their own workstation where they are able to use highly technical equipment to create dental appliances. Safety is always of paramount importance in the laboratory.<p>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.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible, students must be at least 18 years of age.<p>Learners will be referred to the learning skills centre if their LLN levels are not at the required exit levels of 3, in condition that the gap is not greater than 1 level. Learners who opt to take up non-mandatory placement, must provide a third COVID Vaccination certificate.
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.

Recognition of prior learning

You may be able to reduce the number of units to be studied in 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.

Course Structure


The program is structured to provide a strong foundation in both theoretical concepts and hands-on practical experience, ensuring learners are well prepared for the dynamic field of dental technology. Electives are chosen to maximise employment outcomes for dental technicians responsible for construction and repair of dentures and other dental appliances. <p>The course lasts two years and is divided into four semesters, each with 15 weeks of training and assessments. Learners will attend classes three times each week typically from 9am - 4:30pm.<p>Assessments are conducted through observation and through written/oral submissions and presentations as detailed in respective unit outlines. It's important to note that though Holmesglen makes every effort to arrange a 2-week work placement for each student, this is NOT mandatory according to the HLT55118 training package. This is simply done in order to give students industry-specific work experience which can be used to both solidify training undertaken at Holmesglen as well as improve the chances of finding employment upon completion of the course. The workplace placement is organised for during the learners fourth semester in stage 4. This option is exclusively available to local learners and is not a requirement for the qualification, making it unavailable to international learners.
Unit code Unit name
HLTINF006 Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control
HLTDET008 Construct cast alloy removable partial denture framework
HLTDET011 Construct ceramic and fixed restorations
HLTDET009 Construct crown and bridge structures
HLTDET006 Construct immediate dentures
HLTDET001 Construct models
HLTDET012 Construct orthodontic appliances
HLTDET007 Construct removable acrylic partial dentures
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
HLTDET010 Join alloy structures
HLTDET014 Repair and modify dentures and appliances
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
HLTDET004 Articulate models and transfer records
HLTDET002 Construct custom impression trays
HLTDET013 Construct oral splints
HLTDET003 Construct registration rims
HLTDET015 Construct complete removable acrylic dentures and appliances
HLTDET005 Construct thermoformed bases and appliances
HLTDET016 Design digital dental restorations and appliances using computer-aided design (CAD)
HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
Unit code Unit name
BSBCUS301 Deliver and monitor a service to customers
BSBADM311 Maintain business resources
HLTDET017 Construct dental restorations and appliances using computer-aided manufacturing (CAM)
BSBMGT402 Implement operational plan


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.

How to apply


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Qualification and Recognition

On completion, you will receive the HLT55118 Diploma of Dental Technology.

Industry Connections


Tuition fees GST exempt Cost
Full Fee $30,542
Government subsidised $21,255

Additional Course Cost

Bur Kit - $315 <br>Dentistry Coat - $45 <br>Text: Brand & Isselhard: Anatomy of Orofacial Structures, 8ed - $137.00 (recommended) <br>Powers & Wataha: Dental Materials : Foundations and Applications, 11ed - $114 (recommended) <br>Johnson: Basics of Dental Technology, 2ed - $80.95 (recommended) <br>Toolkit - $940 (supplier and cost currently under review)

All fees are indicative only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding. <a href="/study-with-us/tafe-study/tafe-fees-and-scholarships/government-subsidised-training">Find out now if you are eligible for Government-subsidised fees or Concession. </a>


VET Student Loans are available to eligible student to pay for tuition fees for this course. <a href="https://holmesglen.edu.au/study-with-us/scholarships-and-financial-aid/vet-student-loans">Read more about VET Student Loans</a>.

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