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This program is delivered as both an apprenticeship program and a non-apprenticeship program.
This National Training Package qualification helps you build the knowledge and skills required to effectively perform the entry-level role of a dental technician.
Dental technicians provide support to dental personnel in public hospitals, as well as in public and private dental laboratories and clinics. As a dental technician, you'll use impressions to manufacture dentures, crowns, bridges and orthodontic appliances.
The apprenticeship course combines classroom learning with on-the-job training. RMIT staff will liaise closely with your workplace supervisors to ensure your individual learning needs are being met.
In the full-time (non-apprenticeship) course, you'll learn in the state-of-the-art simulated workplace environments at the Royal Melbourne Dental Hospital in Carlton, and gain experience in all aspects of dental technology.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work.You'll have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.
Apprenticeship students will benefit from on-the-job training while completing their studies.
Non-apprenticeship students will receive training in simulated work environments.
- Three years part-time
- Delivered in block-release format, 24 weeks on-campus
- Two years full-time
- Students attend RMIT two days a week
Some of the subjects undertaken in the program include:
- Provide first aid
- Articulate models and transfer records
- Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
- Construct cast alloy removable partial denture framework
- Construct crown and bridge structures
- Construct custom impression trays
- Construct ceramic and fixed restorations
- Construct immediate dentures
- Construct models
- Construct oral splints
- Construct orthodontic appliances
- Construct registration rims
- Construct complete removable acrylic dentures and appliances
- Construct thermoformed bases and appliances
- Maintain work health and safety
- Join alloy structures
- Repair and modify dentures and appliances
- Communicate and work in health or community services
- Coordinate business resources
- Deliver and monitor a service to a customers
- Use business technology
- Set up a business or records system for a small business
- Implement operational plan
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Program code: C5387
National curriculum code: HLT55118
You must be employed and registered as an apprentice dental technician under a Training Agreement in a dental laboratory.
In accordance with industry criteria, it is recommended that students be able to demonstrate:
- literacy skills equivalent to successful completion of Year 12 English
- numeracy skills equivalent to successful completion of Year 11 Mathematics
- oral communication skills in the English language sufficient to ensure that the individual can accurately provide, interpret and respond to simple and routine instructions
- the ability to perform basic functions on a computer including accessing applications and inputting, retrieving and printing data
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.
Apprentices (3 year duration)
- 2020 government subsidised place: AU$5,500* per annum
- 2020 full-fee place: AU$10,167* per annum
Non-apprentices (2 year duration)
- 2020 government subsidised place: AU$10,750* per annum
- 2020 full-fee place: AU$15,250* per annum
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$308 maximum fee for 2020.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Eligibility criteria waver
**The Victorian Government is currently waiving two (2) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and already have a qualification, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility.
VET Student Loans
The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the VET Student Loans scheme, which allows eligible students in eligible programs to defer payment of their tuition fees, up to the maximum loan amount for their program.
How does a VET Student Loan work?
If your VET Student Loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT your tuition fees on your behalf, up to the maximum loan amount for your program.
Your VET Student Loan becomes part of your VETSL debt. You will start repaying your accumulated VETSL debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is adjusted each year (this also applies if you are still studying).
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
Vet Student Loan cap
If your program is eligible for the VET Student Loan scheme and has a loan cap that doesn’t cover the total amount of the tuition fees for your program, then you’ll need to pay RMIT the difference by the due date once you exceed the cap.
It’s easy for you to keep track of your VET Student Loan debt, and you can choose to make upfront payments at any time before the census date.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2020 is $308.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.