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Dental Assistant Traineeships

Dental Assistant Traineeships provide a 12 month program commencing each year in February. They incorporate on the job training under supervision to develop the competency and skills required of a qualified Dental Assistant, in addition participants also undertake the Certificate III in Dental Assisting at TafeSA. At the completion of the program, the trainee should be able to demonstrate the skills required of qualified Dental Assistant with minimal supervision.

Trainee Dental Assistants assist the dental operator with the treatment of clients, mixing of materials, maintaining the cleanliness and infection control standards required in the clinic area, developing and mounting of x-rays, cleaning of instruments and equipment and providing information to clients as directed by the dental operator. General administrative tasks may include greeting and meeting clients, making appointments, answering telephone calls and entering patient details into records.

This traineeship involves working closely with dental operators and their clients. Communication skills and a willingness to learn about and assist in the oral health management of clients are essential. At the completion of the 12 month training program, Dental Assistant Trainees will have developed skills to enable them to work in a diverse range of environments such as general and specialty areas, teaching clinics and aged care.

Traineeship eligibility
If you're aged between 17 and 24, and you're a resident of South Australia, or, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander aged 17 to 30, and a resident of South Australia, then you're eligible to apply for a traineeship.

The more opportunities to learn, the better
Karen recently graduated as a Dental Assistant and reveals how much she values her traineeship with SA Dental Service and where it has already taken her in her career.



Hi, I'm Karen, I recently graduated as a Dental Assistant, The Traineeship offered by SA Dental Service seemed almost too good to be true; you've got to love training on the job and being paid for it. Trainers and mentors stayed with me until I was confident to do things on my own. Working for SA Dental Service is great, you don't have to leave and go elsewhere to gain experience - you continually build on your knowledge and skills to keep on learning. Read more of Karen's story

If you'd like to enjoy a rewarding, long-term career path with SA Dental Service, talk to us.

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South Australian Dental Service
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Current Vacancies

Recruitment timeframes
SA Dental Service recruits for the Dental Assistant Traineeships positions once per year, the timeframe for the recruitment process is listed below:


 September 2019

  • The traineeship advert for the 2020 intake will be online for 3 weeks on the SA Health Careers website commencing 30 August 2019
  • The application link will be included under Current Vacancies during that time
  • Applications must be lodged online and close on 20 September 2019


 Mid October 2019

  • Testing of applicants


 Late October 2019

  • Interviews conducted for shortlisted applicants 


 Early November 2019

  • Offers made
  • Pre-employment paperwork and mandatory checks undertaken


 February 2020

  • 2020 group commences their 12 month Dental Assistant Traineeship program

Job Alerts
Don't miss out on opportunities with SA Dental Service, sign up to our Job Alert to be emailed when the selection process for the annual Dental Assistant Traineeships intake is open to lodge applications.

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