First-Time Applicants

If you have registered with CDHBC at any time in the past, please see Annual Renewals.


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

Please note additional documents may be required, and processing of these may take up to 6 weeks.

Until notified by phone that registration has been processed, an applicant is NOT allowed to work as a dental hygienist in BC.

Preparing to Apply

Prior to completing your application for initial registration, please view the video below.

Carefully review the information contained within the Registration Information Guide. We also provide a checklist of the requirements to assist you in the application process.

Please be aware that Hotmail has recently changed their security settings.  The College strongly encourages applicants to use an alternate email address when submitting an application to reduce the risk of missed emails. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that your email host will accept our email notices.

To complete the registration process, you will need:

  • Your contact information

  • Your relevant education information

  • Notarized ID with the photo notarization form

  • Criminal Record Check (CRC): Please email to request the Criminal Record Check form.
     **RCMP Police Check will not be accepted. All Criminal Record Checks must be completed with the BC Ministry of  Public Safety and Solicitor General and must have been completed within the last 6 months or earlier. For those unable to complete the CRC online or who have been "locked out"by the Ministry's website, please contact the CDHBC Registration Office for assistance**

  • Current Health Care Provider (HCP) CPR or Basic Life Support (BLS) certification: A copy of your (HCP) CPR or (BLS) certificate will be required. The copy of the CPR certificate/card does not need to be notarized. Online CPR courses will not be recognized by CDHBC. All CPR courses must provide both didactic and hands-on instruction.

  • Jurisprudence Education Module Certificate of Completion

  •  Recent graduates should confirm that their program and/or educational facility has been approved by the College (approved programs are listed in Schedule I)

  • Proof of eligibility to practice LA (Not applicable to those who have graduated in the past 5 years from a DH program in BC)

  • For previously registered dental hygienists only: Letter of Good Standing from ALL jurisdictions in which you have been registered to practice dental hygiene using the form provided

  • For those previously registered in another profession only: Letter of Good Standing from all jurisdictions in which you have been registered to practice any other profession using the form provided

  • All practicing dental hygienists in British Columbia pay fees to the College of Dental Hygienists of BC (CDHBC), the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA), and the British Columbia Dental Hygienists Association (BCDHA) at one time. When you complete the CDHBC online application, payment for your CDHA/BCDHA membership (which includes your professional negligence insurance) will be collected as well. If you are currently registered in another jurisdiction and currently have CDHA insurance, please contact CDHA directly to discuss your membership options.

  • Payment of Fees (depending on submission method)

Registration Classifications

For more information to determine which registration classification you qualify for, please see Registration Classifications.

Application Options

CDHBC offers online registration only.


The online application allows Canadian and U.S. (only) applicants to electronically submit their registration information instantly. Payment by Mastercard, Visa, Visa Debit, or Interac Debit is accepted. Applicants from outside North America should contact the College for payment options.

If you have your documents ready, begin the online application process.