Dental Hygienist Quality Assurance

CPR courses are now eligible for continuing competency credits.

Effective September 1, 2022, dental hygienists are no longer required to hold current CPR certification.

Quality Assurance Project Update

BCCOHP is working to establish a modernized quality assurance program for all oral health professionals. This is a key initiative and is expected to be a multi-year project.

The quality assurance programs developed by the legacy colleges that came together to form BCCOHP remained in place upon amalgamation and are currently under review. These will remain in force until a new quality assurance program is developed.

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In accordance with the Health Professions Act, all BC health professions must establish a Quality Assurance Program (QAP). 

In order to satisfy the provisions of the Health Professions Act, the College has replaced its former Continuing Competency Program (“CCP”) with a Quality Assurance Program (“QAP”). The former CCP required registrants to complete 75 continuing competency credits that were entirely self directed within a three-year cycle. Now, the QAP requires registrants to undertake an Assessment Tool to assess their foundational dental hygiene knowledge. Registrants who are unsuccessful at two attempts of the QAP Assessment Tool are paired with an Assessor who undertakes a Professional Performance Assessment of their practice.

Following the assessment phase, registrants are required to develop an individualized learning plan that includes courses or other learning activities to address any areas of weakness identified through the assessment process. Registrants are still required to complete 75 continuing competency (CC) credits per cycle. However, the QAP cycle duration is now five years in recognition of the time and effort that dental hygienists spend in preparing for, and undertaking, the QAP Assessment Tool.

While the Health Professions Act requires the implementation of a QAP program, each College has some flexibility and discretion to develop a program best suited to its own health profession(s).

A dental hygienist’s QAP cycle is assigned at the date of certification and runs on a five-year calendar cycle. These cycles remain constant despite the registration classification a registrant holds (i.e., practising, non-practising, former). Please contact us for further information specific to your cycle if you plan to move between registrant classifications.

QAP Information Guide

Guiding Principles

  1. The goal of the QAP is public protection.
  2. The QAP will be evidence-based and cost effective.
  3. Maintaining and enhancing competence is the responsibility of the registrant.
  4. All dental hygienists registered in practicing categories will be required to participate in the QAP.
  5. The materials that inform registrants about the QAP will be clear, concise and accessible.
  6. Participation in the QAP is intended to be reasonable and manageable for registrants.
  7. The QAP will be evaluated regularly.

Use the tabs below to find out more about dental hygienist quality assurance and professional development

QAP Assessment Tool, Online Learning Plan, Help & Resources

Learn more about the dental hygienist QAP.

Cultural Safety

Learn more about how you can incorporate cultural safety into the process of dental hygiene care.

Education Modules

Learn more about the Jurisprudence Education Module, Professional Practice Modules, and the Local Anaesthetic Module.