Registration Classifications

Depending on your qualifications and professional circumstances, you may apply for different classifications of registration with the CDHBC.

CDHBC offers the following registration classifications:

Registered Dental Hygienist 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);
  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification;
  • Demonstration of current Continuing Competency (CC) credits;
  • Completion of the Jurisprudence Education Module;
  • 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.

Dental Hygiene Practitioner

Registrants with the following qualifications are now eligible to apply under the initial phase of this application process:

Approved Institutions

CDHBC Board approved institutions for completion of a Degree in Dental Hygiene:

  • The University of British Columbia
  • The University of Alberta
  • The University of Manitoba
  • Dalhousie University
  • The University of Toronto

If you meet the requirements for Dental Hygiene Practitioner registration as listed above, you have the option to apply for a registration class transfer to the Dental Hygiene Practitioner class by completing and submitting the application form found here.

Certification to Administer Local Anaesthesia

Information about certification requirements to administer local anaesthetic (LA) in BC is available on the Certification to Administer Local Anaesthetia webpage.

Non-Practicing Registration

Non-practicing registration is 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 Registered Dental Hygienist Registration with the exception of:

  • Local anaesthesia
  • Continuing competency
  • Professional negligence insurance

A non-practicing registrant may transfer to practicing registration by providing proof of completion of all requirements and paying the applicable fees.

Visitor (Temporary) Registration

Visitor (Temporary) registration may be 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.