Mission Statement

The mission of the College of Dental Hygienists of British Columbia (CDHBC) is to protect the public by developing, advocating, and regulating safe and ethical dental hygiene practice in British Columbia.

In 1951, Canada's first dental hygienist, Mary (Brett) Geddes, was registered by the College of Dental Surgeons in Saskatchewan. The next year, the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. (CDSBC) registered its first dental hygienist, Norma Bell. The regulation of dental hygienists in B.C. continued under CDSBC until 1995, when the College of Dental Hygienists was established.

CDHBC was proud to celebrate its 15th anniversary in 2010, and 2011 marked the 60th year that dental hygiene has been officially recognized as a health profession in this province.

Today, there are more than 3300 registered dental hygienists in B.C.

As a registrant of a self-regulating profession, a dental hygienist must practice safely, ethically, and effectively for the promotion of the oral health and well-being of the public, as outlined by the CDHBC Practice Standards.

In accordance with the Health Professions Act, the practice of dental hygiene is monitored and regulated by independent governing bodies in each province. Certain provinces, including B.C., require dental hygienists to obtain national certification (see NDHCB) before applying for registration. Those who have not graduated from a program on Schedule I and/or have not been previously registered within Canada, or dental hygienists from other countries, also must successfully challenge the CDHBC Clinical Exam in order to apply for registration to practice within British Columbia.

News & Events


If the College has not received a registrant`s renewal application and payment for the 2014/15 Renewal Period which ended on February 28, 2014, in accordance with section 21 of the Health Professions Act, that registrant will be removed from the register of dental hygienists in British Columbia effective March 1, 2014 and may not practice dental hygiene until re-registered.


The Registrar of the College may restore a former registrant to the register upon payment of renewal and reinstatement fees and completion of the Reinstatement forms, as well as renewal requirements that have not been previously fulfilled.  To reinstate registration, the College bylaws require a completed reinstatement application be submitted no later than April 30, 2014, along with the outstanding renewal fee ($475 for Practicing Categories and $235 for Non-Practicing) and a reinstatement fee of;

  • $166.25 Reinstatement fee for Full, Full (365-Exempt) and Conditional or
  • $82.25 Reinstatement fee for Non-Practicing
If a registrant does not reinstate before April 30, 2014, applicants will be required to re-register by fulfilling all registration requirements in effect at that time, including a new registration application and all the applicable fees, should they want to re-register.

A non-renewed registrant must wait until their reinstatement is approved before returning to work.

Full Registration (365 Day Rule Exempt)


The College is pleased to announce the launch of the 3rd Pathway to satisfy the educational requirement for the 365 Day Rule Exempt category for registration.  For more information on PLAR, including FAQs, please click here.

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Click here to read the March 31, 2014 edition of The Bulletin.

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