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National Dental Hygiene

Certification Examination™ (NDHCE™)



The National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination™ (NDHCE™) measures the knowledge of new graduates from Canadian dental hygiene (DH) programs and internationally trained DH Professionals, against current national DH practice and educational standards.


The NDHCE™ tests the level of knowledge, judgment, and skills of Canadian Dental Hygienists that are expected at the entry-to-practice level. The NDHCE™ is constructed in such a way that it respects diversity in terms of culture, provincial/territorial regulations, language, and special needs. The process to develop the exam is thorough and includes checks and balances as well as multiple layers of review. The NDHCE™ is fair and meets or exceeds published technical requirements for standardization (the treatment of all candidates in a similar matter), reliability (consistency in measurement), and validity (measuring what we are supposed to measure).


Territory Acknowledgement

The FDHRC™ office stands on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation. The Algonquin peoples have had a special, reciprocal relationship with this territory since time immemorial, and this relationship continues today. The FDHRC™ recognizes without qualification the inherent lands and territory rights of the Algonquin peoples as articulated in Section 35 of the Constitution Act of Canada 1982, as well as the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which is enshrined in various legislation in what is now commonly called Canada. 

See the FDHRC’s™ full territory acknowledgement here.