Clinical Examination

Foreign-trained dental hygienists and recent graduates of unaccredited programs and/or educational facilities not approved by the College (approved programs are listed in Schedule I) must successfully complete the CDHBC Clinical Examination before being eligible for registration, unless the applicant has passed a dental hygiene clinical exam in another Canadian jurisdiction or is/has been registered in good standing within Canada (contact the College for more information).

Candidates are examined for safe, entry-level clinical competence over the course of one and a half days; all sections of the examination must be passed to be successful.


The B.C. Dental Hygiene Clinical Examination is offered once per year in the Fall.  

Seating is limited, so applicants are encouraged to contact the College well in advance of the application deadline to reserve a space.

Next Testing Session

The next Canadian Performance Exam in Dental Hygiene is November 4 and 5, 2017.

Deadline to apply is Friday, October 6, 2017.

Requirements to Apply

Please contact the College to request a Canadian Performance Exam in Dental Hygiene Application Form and to receive additional information regarding the location of the Exam.

Requirements must be submitted four weeks prior to the examination date.

Clinical examination applicants must provide:

Complete payment must be received along with the application form; the fee is non-refundable after the application deadline.

For more details, including fees and an outline of the exam format, refer to the Clinical Examination Information Guide.

Providing a Client

Each candidate is responsible for providing a client who is able to attend for the entire exam session. Failure to provide a suitable client results in failure of the exam, so it is imperative for each candidate to ensure that the client meets the client criteria.

Because the candidate is not permitted to have prior knowledge of the client’s oral condition, CDHBC recommends consulting at least one registered dental hygienist to evaluate whether the client criteria is fulfilled, although this does not guarantee acceptability.

It is also important to determine whether the client has any physical issues which may cause discomfort during long periods of sitting and oral examinations.

If a client fails to appear or is deemed to be inappropriate for the examination, the candidate will be unable to proceed with the exam unless a suitable replacement is available. Please note that CDHBC employees and examiners are unable to assist in finding clients. For this reason, it is best to pre-screen at least two clients in case of disqualification or extenuating circumstances. As time allows, examiners will assess all of the available clients; however, no allowance will be made for late arrivals.

Areas of Study

The CDHBC Clinical Exam includes evaluation of health and dental history; extra-oral, intra-oral, periodontal, and deposit assessments; implementation (ultrasonic, debridement); radiographic interpretation, including technique critique and interpretation of images; infection control management; safe practice for common medical conditions; professionalism; and completion of the diagnosis and treatment plan.