Before you can apply to the CDHM, you should determine whether your education and experience match with what is required to be a Registered Dental Hygienist in Manitoba. You will be required to write the National Dental Hygiene Certification Exam (NDHCE). There are two ways to be eligible to write the exam:
- Graduate from an accredited* dental hygiene educational program (or be within 4 months of graduating from such program at exam registration time) or,
- Be a graduate of a dental hygiene program that is not accredited* but meets all the required criteria necessary in order to have your educational credentials and qualifications assessed to determine eligibility to write the NDHCE (this process may help you determine if you wish to continue with the CDHM application process or if you should apply to post-secondary educational institute for further learning)
As an internationally educated dental hygienist, you have the opportunity to establish your eligibility to write the NDHCE by having an assessment of your education and qualifications to determine eligibility to write the NDHCE. All information pertaining to the education and qualifications assessment process can be found on the NDHCB website at: http://www.ndhcb.ca/en/exam_eligibility.php
On the website you will find the:
- Educational Credentials and Qualifications Assessment for Eligibility to write the NDHCE Handbook
- Application for Assessment of Educational Credentials and all appendices that will need to be completed and submitted (as instructed) in order for the assessment to proceed.
- NDHCE Policies and Procedures
The cost for the assessment is currently $800 CDN.
At this time, there is no language proficiency test as part of this assessment. Please note that the NDHCE is available in the two official languages of Canada: English and French.
Generally there are two types of assessment results:
- You meet the requirements and are eligible to write the NDHCE
- You do not meet the requirements and are not eligible to write the NDHCE.
A positive assessment result means that you are eligible to write the NDHCE and will receive a letter indicating your eligibility status
A negative assessment result means that you have not received eligibility to write the NDHCE and you will receive a letter indicating specific deficiencies in your dental hygiene education.
* Accredited means: accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) or the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (ADA/CODA)Competency Assessment