6 Week Structured Program Soon

All AIDER course have been modified to ensure that the tasks outlined by the ADC for the Practical Examination are thoroughly covered. The focus of the course is directed to the practical components of the examination.

There is also scope for AIDER to assist candidates in their preparation for the written examination of the ADC examination process (Written Knowledge & Judgement Examination)

Supplementary Sessions

Supplementary sessions are now available in all areas; please get in touch with the AIDER office for booking and more details.

Cancellation/Refund Policy:

Given the limited number of pre-clinical program places available, it is important that you provide AIDER with as much notice as possible if you will not be accepting an offer. This will enable AIDER to make an offer to another interested candidate.
Many of the costs for running a program are fixed (i.e. demonstrator fees, tutor fees, etc.), and hence students canceling at short notice, or failing to meet the required payments, will be placing undue financial pressures on AIDER. The relatively low fees can only be maintained if all enrolled candidates complete the program with all of the necessary payments made on time.
For this reason, if a student cancels their position two weeks or more prior to the commencement of a program, a 10% administrative fee will be incurred. If a student cancels their position within two weeks of commencement of a program, a 15% administrative fee will be incurred. If a student pulls out during a program, they will not receive a refund for the funds already paid. Students cannot withdraw part way through a program and hope to complete the remaining weeks on another program. A new enrollment will be required, and full program fees will apply.

What is included/provided?

• Attendance and participation in all rostered sessions
• Use of the pre-clinical training facility during rostered times
• Use of a restorative manikin head
• Two Columbia Manikins - For Restorative and Periodontology (jaw and cheek)
• Use of high and low speed handpieces
• Use of a radiology manikin head
• Use of a restorative, endodontic, periodontal, and rubber dam kits
• Basic consumables required to undertake pre-clinical tasks
• Appropriate dental materials (i.e. amalgam, resin composite, etc.)
• Disposable clinical gowns
• Access to a seminar/tutorial room
• Access to a simple kitchen and tea room
• Notes/cd's of tutorials/seminars (subject to tutors/demonstrators giving AIDER permission to make copies of presentations)
• Scientific articles recommended by tutors/demonstrators that AIDER can access

What is not included?

• Manikin teeth. These can be purchased from AIDER as required. The cost will depend on the type of tooth required (i.e.replacement Columbia tooth, caries simulated tooth, etc.). Please enquire with AIDER regarding prices.

• Dental Burs. Given the large range of burs available, and the different preferences candidates have for burs, it is up to them to decide which burs they would like to use. AIDER will have a selection of burs on stock that students can purchase. Candidates are also free to make their own arrangements with other dental bur suppliers.


It is important that candidates take reasonable and appropriate care in ensuring their own safety and that of fellow candidates and AIDER staff.

• Safety glasses should be worn at all times when undertaking pre-clinical tasks. The glasses must meet the required Australian Standards and should not allow objects (i.e. burs, amalgam, etc.) to be able to reach the eyes.

• Burs should be removed from hand pieces when not being used.
• Any water leaks or fluid spillages should be immediately reported to an AIDER staff member.
• No running or rough behavior is permitted on the AIDER premises.


AIDER’s aim is to assist dental professionals to achieve their goal of practicing dentistry in Australia. Candidates will be treated with respect and as the professionals they are. Respect however, is a two way street. AIDER staff and fellow candidates must also be treated appropriately.
The ADC examinations are not a contest between candidates, but rather a test of an individual candidate’s skills and knowledge (passing of the ADC examinations is not quota based, it is based on meeting minimum required standards). AIDER encourages a team approach to learning and candidates will benefit from exchanging ideas with fellow students who may have varying levels of clinical experience and educational backgrounds.


AIDER employs/contracts a range of tutors and demonstrators with extensive teaching experience many of whom have themselves gone through the ADC accreditation process. When staff design seminars/tutorials and supervise pre-clinical sessions, they work on the following briefs provided by the ADC:

• “The ADC examination is a screening examination to establish that dentists trained in dental schools which have not been formally reviewed and accredited by the ADC, ( ie. other than graduates of NZ, UK and the Republic of Ireland dental schools) , have the necessary knowledge and clinical competence to practice dentistry with safety in the Australian community." www.dentalcouncil.net.au/adcmajoractivities.html

• “You will be examined at a level no less than that reached by graduates from Australian universities." www.dentalcouncil.net.au/dentistryinaust.html

Due to the broadness of the briefs above, and the fact that dentistry is both an art and a science, AIDER cannot guarantee that all of the information/advice given by tutors/demonstrators is accepted by the ADC. The content of information provided throughout the course will be based as much as possible on evidence based principles, and candidates are encouraged to prepare for the exams in a way that they can substantiate their answers/claims based on accepted scientific evidence. The way information provided by tutors/demonstrators of AIDER is used is up to the discretion of the candidate. Simply undertaking this pre-clinical program does not necessarily guarantee success; a range of factors will determine the final outcome, such as: the quality of undergraduate education, prior clinical experience, and the quality and quantity of ongoing study.