Initial Registration for NEW Applicants

Only registrants of the College of Dental Hygienists of British Columbia are licensed and legally entitled to practice dental hygiene in BC and use the title "Registered Dental Hygienist."

Information for New Applicants

Reviewing Initial Registration Requirements and Submitting an Application for Registration

All new CDHBC applicants must read and review the information in the Registration Information Guide.  After carefully reviewing the information contained within the Registration Information Guide, applicants may apply online and pay by credit card.  The online application allows for faster processing of your registration application, submits your information to the CDHBC office instantly, and allows online payment.  The application reminds you fo the requirements that must be fulfilled and/or submitted to the CDHBC office in order to complete your application, and provides you with a checklist of those items upon submission of the online application.  Print and/or save the checklist for reference.  The online application for FIRST TIME APPLICANTS can be found here.  If you are currently a CDHBC registrant (a registered dental hygienist in BC) and you wish to renew your registration for 2015/16, please log-in to your profile to access your online renewal.

For those applicants needing to submit a hand-written, paper copy of the application to CDHBC office via mail, the link to the hardcopy application can be found here.  Hardcopy applications must be completed by hand, sent by mail to the CDHBC office and can only be paid with a personal cheque or money order. Hardcopy applications will take longer to process than online applications.

 All registration applications take 2 to 4 weeks to process from the date that a complete application is received.

All CDHBC registration applicants must submit a notarized photo as part of their registration requirements.  Applicants that submit an application online may use the Photo Notarization Form when having their photo notarized by a certified notary public.  Please click here for the Photo Notarization Form.

Full Registration

Available to dental hygienists who meet all of the following requirements:

  • Graduation from a dental hygiene education program listed in Schedule I of the CDHBC bylaws (Schedule I is provided on pages 7 through 17 of the Registration Information Guide);*
  • Certification by the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board (NDHCB);
  • Graduation from a CDHBC-approved Local Anesthesia course and/or eligibility to perform Local Anesthesia in the jurisdiction of practice within the past three years;
  • Demonstration of current Continuing Competency (CC) credits;
  • Completion of the jurisprudence module required by the registration committee;
  • Possession of professional negligence insurance in the amount of $1 million per occurrence;
  • Demonstration of good standing in every jurisdiction in which currently or previously registered to practice dental hygiene;
  • Demonstration of good character, consistent with the responsibilities and standards expected of a registrant;
  • Authorization for a criminal record search (as required by the Criminal Records Review Act);
  • Submission of a complete registration application form and the applicable fees.

* Graduates from dental hygiene programs not listed in Schedule I and who have not been previously registered within Canada (see AIT) may satisfy this requirement by successfully challenging the B.C. Dental Hygiene Clinical Examination.

Full Registration/365 Day Rule Exempt:

The Full Registration (365 Day Rule Exempt) Information Guide and Application is now available online.  Please click here to view the Information Guide and here to view the Application form.  Registrants with the following qualifications are now eligible to apply under the initial phase of this application process:

  • Current CDHBC registration in the Full Practicing or Conditional category;
  • Health Care Providers (HCP) Level CPR certification;
  • Completion of a Degree in Dental Hygiene from an institute approved by the CDHBC Board; and
  • A minimum of 3500 hours of Clinical Dental Hygiene Practice experience in the past 5 years.
Registrants with the required qualifications and submission of evidence of an applicable Substantial Equivalency Stream will be eligible to apply to the Full Registration (365-Day Rule Exempt) Category by submitting  a completed application form and evidence of the following:
  •  Current CDHBC registration in the Full Practicing or Conditional category;
  • Health Care Providers (HCP) Level CPR Certification;
  • Submission of Evidence of an Applicable Substantial Equivalency Stream; and
  • A minimum of 3500 hours of Clinical Dental Hygiene Practice experience in the past 5 years. 

If you are interested in applying under any of the Substantial Equivalency Streams, please review the Information Guide and call the CDHBC Registration Office for more information. 

PLAR Launched

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


2015/16 Registration Renewal Period is NOW CLOSED.

If the College has not received a registrant's renewal application and payment for the 2015/16 Renewal Period, which ended on February 28, 2015, 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, 2015 and may not practice dental hygiene until re-registered.


Reinstatement Information

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 previously been fulfilled.  To reinstate registration, the College bylaws require a completed reinstatement application be submitted no later than April 30, 2015, along with the outstanding renewal fee ($485 for Practicing Categories and $245 for Non-Practicing) and a reinstatement fee of:

  • $169.75 Reinstatement Fee for Full, Full (365-Exempt) and Conditional, or

  • $85.75 Reinstatement Fee for Non-Practicing

If a registrant does not reinstate before April 30, 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.


First-time applicants must provide the initial registration, application, and annual registration fees (see Schedule D); the annual fee is reduced if applying after September 1.

Conditional Registration

Available to dental hygienists who meet all requirements for Full Registration, with the exception of Local Anesthesia (LA)certification/education.  Conditional registrants must not administer LA; they are eligible for Full Registration upon providing proof of successful completion of an approved LA course.  Conditional Registration may be granted for a maximum period of two years.

Non-Practicing Registration

Available to dental hygienists who currently do not wish to practice dental hygiene. Non-practicing registration will be granted to those who meet the requirements for Full Registration with the exception of current CC credits and/or professional negligence insurance. A non-practicing registrant may transfer to practicing registration by providing proof of completion of all requirements and by paying the applicable fees.

Student Registration

Available to individuals currently enrolled in dental hygiene education programs approved by the CDHBC Board. A student registrant may only practice under the direct supervision of a full registrant. Applicants may obtain student registration after providing a complete application form, a recommendation from the program head specifying those procedures which they are competent to perform and the dates during which they may perform those procedures, confirmation from a full registrant who will provide supervision, and the appropriate fees.

Temporary Registration

Available to dental hygienists who are registered in good standing in another jurisdiction for the purpose of participating in or conducting an educational program sponsored by an agency approved by the Registration Committee. More information is available by contacting the College office.


Persons who are not graduates of dental hygiene education programs are not eligible for registration in B.C.  In particular, persons who are graduates of other dental programs should contact dental regulatory agencies to determine their registration requirements, or should contact dental hygiene education programs in B.C. to determine admission requirements.

Foreign dental hygiene graduates should contact the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board (NDHCB) for credential assessment; if eligible for the national (written) exam, candidates who achieve NDHCB certification are then eligible to challenge the B.C. Dental Hygiene Clinical Examination.