Diploma of Dental Technology

You’ll study in our state-of-the-art laboratories and learn the complete range of dental technology skills.


Product Description

HLT55115 Diploma of Dental Technology


You’ll study in our state-of-the-art laboratories and learn the complete range of dental technology skills ranging from prosthetics, crowns, bridgework and orthodontics, as well as workplace communication skills and occupational health and safety procedures. Working in our dental laboratory, will also gain practical skills in making models and custom impression trays, constructing oral splints, making dentures and constructing and repairing dental appliances.

Job Prospects

  • Dental Technician

University Pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities. That means cutting down the amount of time you need to complete your degree, or even enrolling straight into the second year of your university course.

Date, Duration and Location

South Bank, Brisbane
Program CRICOS Code: 091778G
Location: 66 Ernest Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101
Duration: 2 years
Workload: Full Time
Delivery: Classroom
Start of Study (Intake): 10/07/2017, 29/01/2018, 09/07/2018

Entry Requirements

  • English Language Proficiency: IELTS 6.0 (no individual band less than 5.5) or ISLPR 2+ on all skills or other – Click here for a list of all English Language test accepted by TAFE Queensland International
  • Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. Click here for more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12.

Students should be a minimum of 18 years of age. Student visa applicants under the age of 18 will be accepted where they demonstrate that they will be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or a suitable relative who is aged 21 or over. This arrangement requires the approval of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.  For more information visit Department of Immigration and Border Protection – Welfare Requirements For Student Visa Applicants Under 18.

Resources Required

It is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland’s online learning system Connect and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Courses may require different resources, depending on your study location.


Timetables may be available online or may be provided to you at your program orientation.

Your timetable may change every semester and you must be able to manage your commitments to ensure attendance at all your classes.

Timetables will be different across TAFE Queensland locations. This is an example of what a course timetable could look like –

Monday and Tuesday 8.00 am – 4.45 pm and Wednesday 8.00 am – 12.00 pm.


Wednesday and Thursday 8.00 am – 4.45 pm and Friday 8.00 am – 12.00 pm.


Vocational Placement is an essential component of this qualification. Students will undertake up to 240 placement hours in their 2nd year of the qualification after the successful completion of first year activities and practical assessments. These hours are completed in a Dental Laboratory.

Students will be required to work the times determined by the Dental Laboratory and by demand. Students are expected to have in place strategies to manage family and work commitments in order to meet vocational placement hours.

The vocational placement may be within any Dental Laboratory within the South East Queensland corner. Students will continue to be assessed against prescribed units of competency undertaken during their vocational placement. If their assessment results are unsatisfactory they will be deemed not competent against those prescribed units.

During these placements, you may become familiar with information that is confidential to that workplace (for example financial or business affairs, personal affairs and family background of staff and clients, technical information, trade secrets, know-how, formulae, processes, ideas, and inventions). You must not divulge any confidential information that you become aware of during a placement. Breaches of confidentiality will be considered to be acts of behavioural misconduct and may result in disciplinary action.

Course Units

To achieve this qualification you will need to complete 25 Units:
Core Competencies: 20
Elective Competencies: 5

Not all electives available at all campuses

Core Units

  • CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid
  • HLTDET001 Construct models
  • HLTDET002 Construct custom impression trays
  • HLTDET003 Construct registration rims
  • HLTDET004 Articulate models and transfer records
  • HLTDET005 Construct thermoformed bases and appliances
  • HLTDET006 Construct immediate dentures
  • HLTDET007 Construct removable acrylic partial dentures
  • HLTDET008 Construct cast alloy removable partial denture framework
  • HLTDET009 Construct crown and bridge structures
  • HLTDET010 Join alloy structures
  • HLTDET011 Construct ceramic and fixed restorations
  • HLTDET012 Construct orthodontic appliances
  • HLTDET013 Construct oral splints
  • HLTDET014 Repair and modify dentures and appliances
  • HLTDET015 Construct complete removable acrylic dentures and appliances
  • HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
  • HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety

Elective Units

  • BSBCUS301 Deliver and monitor a service to customers
  • BSBWOR204 Use business technology
  • BSBADM311 Maintain business resources
  • BSBRKG403 Set up a business or records system for a small business
  • BSBADM409 Coordinate business resources

Course Cost

The course cost indicated is for students on an international student visa. If you are visiting Australia on a non-student visa, (e.g. partner visa, working holiday, employer sponsor etc.) please contact us directly for the price applicable to you.


Course Delivered by

TAFE Queensland Brisbane | RTO 0275 | CRICOS 03020E
TAFE Queensland Gold Coast | RTO 0083 | CRICOS 03037G
TAFE Queensland East Coast | RTO 0418 | CRICOS 02004B
TAFE Queensland South West | RTO 0526 | CRICOS 02011C
TAFE Queensland North | RTO 0542 | CRICOS 02012B
TAFE Queensland SkillsTech | RTO 31396 | CRICOS 02014M

Additional Information

Delivery Method

On Campus



Course Category


Training Provider

TAFE Queensland