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Entry to Practice Canadian Competencies in Dental Hygiene (EPCCoDH)
Frequently Asked Questions


On November 8, 2023, the FDHRC™ held a webinar for educators on the EPCCoDH. A recording of the webinar can be found here. The slides and additional resources can be accessed here.

By when does my education program need to implement the EPCCoDH?

The National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination™ will reflect the EPCCoDH starting in May 2026. The new Blueprint based on the EPCCoDH will be published in late spring or early summer 2025. Implementation timelines may vary by institutions depending on the length of your program and accreditation cycle.


What is Bloom's Trajectory?

In developing the 2021 Entry to Practice Canadian Competencies for Dental Hygiene (EPCCoDH), the FDHRC™ chose to use Bloom’s Trajectory to describe the level of proficiency expected at an entry to practice level for each competency.

Bloom’s Trajectory specifies the proficiency separately for:

         Knowledge domain (including facts, ideas/theories/concepts)

         Skills domain:

o   Physical skills (requiring dexterity—for example, giving an injection or driving a car) and

o   Mental skills (requiring thinking—for example, using a spreadsheet, speaking a language, or following a protocol)

The levels of knowledge and skills are further described on page 29 of the EPCCoDH (2021).

For example, think about applying the Trajectory to the various stages of learning to drive a car:

Source: College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario,


How does the EPCCoDH compare with the 2010 Competencies?



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.