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:

  • Proof of graduation from a dental hygiene program
  • Proof of successful completion of the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board examination
  • A completed 2017 CPEDH Application Form
  • Examination fee by the application deadline
  • Proof of Negligence Insurance

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

For more details please email the College: