Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
I am a Dentist and I want to practice dental hygiene in Canada. What must I do to be eligible to write the examination?
In Canada, dental hygiene is considered a separate and distinct health profession from dentistry. Work experience is not considered a substitute for training in an educational supervised setting. For more information, please click here.
When is the next examination?
All information about upcoming examinations, including the application deadlines can be found here (NDHCE).
Is the NDHCE certificate required everywhere in Canada?
The National Dental Hygiene Certificate (which can be obtained by passing the National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination) is an essential requirement before you can apply for initial registration/licensing in all Canadian provinces, except Québec.
I recently wrote the NDHCE. When can I have my results?
If I pay extra money can I have my NDHCE results couriered to me?
Yes! Passing results and the certificate can be sent by priority courier service - please see the Fee Schedule for the cost. They will however be couriered at the same time as the mailed-out results. Contact the FDHRC for more info and to arrange payment. Failing results are sent by email.
What does a "notarized copy" mean?
Notarized means that you take the original of the requested document to an individual who is able to notarize documents (lawyer, notary, commissioner of oath). That individual will take your original, make a copy of it and then stamp it with a special stamp that indicates that the document has been notarized and is a true copy of the original. You may find a list of notaries in your area via a web search, or seek out a lawyer to provide the service, or you can go to City Hall and have a commissioner of oath provide the service. The FDHRC does not notarize documents.
If I graduated from a dental hygiene program not accredited in Canada or the US, will I be able to write the National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination?
I just applied online, and I received confirmation of payment. Does that mean I am now registered for the NDHCE?
The payment confirmation does not mean you are registered for the exam yet. Within 1-2 weeks after the application deadline, you will receive your registration confirmation AFTER your DH Program Director has confirmed your eligibility.