Registration Classifications

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

CHDBC offers the following registration classifications:

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 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.

Full Registration/365 Day Rule Exempt

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.

For background and to review frequently asked questions, see the 365 Day Rule Exempt Registration Classification section. Please consult the 365 Exempt Registration Information Guide, and if you are eligible to apply under Pathway 1, fill out and submit the 365 Exempt Registration Application - Pathway 1.

Substantial Equivalency Stream

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 then call the CDHBC Registration Office if you have further questions.

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

As-Yet Unapproved Programs

If you have completed a Degree in Dental Hygiene from a program that has not yet been approved by the CDHBC Board for the FULL REGISTRATION (365 Day Rule Exempt) Application Form, please contact the College Registration office.

If you do not have a Degree in Dental Hygiene, section 40(1)(c)(iii) of the college bylaws allows an applicant to still apply for this category as long as they have demonstrated abilities in four competency areas outlined in section 40(1)(c)(iii)(A-D) to a level ordinarily expected of a holder of a bachelor of dental hygiene degree.

As this category came into effect in July 2012, CDHBC is currently engaged in developing a process by which a registrant who wishes to apply under this requirement can do so. Please contact the College for more information.


The College offers a 3rd Pathway to satisfy the educational requirement for the 365-Day Rule Exempt category of registration. For more information, see the PLAR section.

Conditional Registration

Conditional registration is for dental hygienists who meet all requirements listed in FULL REGISTRATION, with the exception of:

(a) local anaesthesia

  • Conditional registration may be granted for a maximum period of two years.
  • Conditional registrants must not administer local anaesthesia.
  • Conditional registrants may be eligible for full registration upon providing proof of successful completion of an approved local anesthesia course.


(b) continuing competency

  • Conditional registration applicants are expected to satisfy continuing competency requirements within a reasonable length of time (in the opinion of the Registration Committee).
  • Conditional registrants may practice dental hygiene only under the supervision of a full registrant and upon any limits or conditions set by the Registration Committee.
  • Conditional registrants may be eligible for full registration upon completion of continuing competence requirements.

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 FULL 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.

Temporary Registration

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.

Student Registration

Student registration may be available to individuals currently enrolled in dental hygiene education programs approved by the Board. Applicants may obtain student registration if they provide 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. A student registrant may only practice under the direct supervision of a full registrant.

An application package is available by contacting the College office.