Annual Renewal - Certified Dental Assistants

Certified dental assistants must renew their certification annually. BCCOHP registration year runs from April 1 each year until March 31 the following year. 

The renewal period for the 2024-2025 year will open in February 2024. Please watch for more information regarding renewal by the end of January 2024.

Have questions? Please contact us.

Certified dental assistants must renew their certification annually. BCCOHP’s registration year runs from April 1 each year until March 31 the following year.

The renewal period will open each February for the following year. The renewal process can be completed online by logging into your account, completing the forms and paying the annual fee.

Annual renewal is now open. You can renew your certification with the BC College of Oral Health Professionals and submit payment by logging in to your account.

Have questions? Please contact us.

Reinstatement

Within 0-60 days

If you have not renewed your certification by April 1 each year, your certification will expire and you must apply for reinstatement; you cannot practice until you reinstate. 

Reinstatements completed within 60 days from the renewal deadline can be completed online by logging into your account, completing the online form, paying your annual fee as well as the reinstatement fee. The annual renewal and other relevant fees can be found on the annual renewal page. 

After 60 days 

To reinstate after your certification has lapsed for more than 60 days requires completion of a separate reinstatement application process and an increased reinstatement fee. You must meet the Quality Assurance requirements for continuing education and continuous practice.

More information about reinstating your certification and returning to practice can be found on this page. 

 CDAs must ensure the following is current:

Reminder: CDAs must keep their contact information up-to-date with BCCOHP.

Annual Renewal FAQ for CDAs

CDA login and payment

On thelogin page, click “Forgot password? Click here.” Fill out the form to receive an email with a temporary password.  If you do not receive the email, please check your junk or spam mailbox.  

It may take 15 minutes for a temporary password to be delivered to you via email. Please refrain from submitting additional temporary password requests.  

If you do not receive an email within 24 hours, please use the contact us page or call 672-202-0458 (toll-free: 1-866-329-7093) to get in touch. 

Clear your browser’s cache, and then try logging in again. Additionally, we recommend using the Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge browsers.

Still not working? Please call BCCOHP at 672-202-0458 (toll-free: 1-866-329-7093).

Mastercard and Visa credit cards are accepted, but Mastercard/Visa debit cards are not. Interac for TD Bank, First Nations Bank of Canada and most BC Credit Unions are accepted.

If you receive an error message while paying, please contact your bank to ensure there are no issues on their end before making another attempt with payment using the same credit card. If the issue is not banking-related, try another payment method or please  contact us. 

Payment by cheque, money order or bank draft is acceptable. Please mail your cheque, money order or bank draft with the exact amount by March 31 to: 

BCCOHP 
110-1765 West 8th Avenue 
Vancouver, BC V6J 5C6 

Note: You must complete and submit an online renewal before providing payment.  

BCCOHP does not accept payments by telephone, in cash, or those delivered in person. 

Accepted payment methods include cheque (by mail), Mastercard and Visa credit cards, and Interac for TD Bank, First Nations Bank of Canada and most BC Credit Unions. Mastercard/Visa debit cards are not accepted.  

Additionally, BCCOHP does not accept payments by telephone, in cash, or those delivered in person. 

There is a five-year mandatory re-check for criminal records. Every year, you are charged a fifth of the criminal record check fee. On the fifth year when your re-check is due, your criminal record check will be automatically resent to the government. 

Criminal record check

Criminal record checks cost $28. BCCOHP collects one fifth of the CRC fee ($5.60) each year at annual renewal. 
 
This is the amount charged by the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, not BCCOHP, to complete a criminal record check. 

For new applicants, a fee of $28 will need to be paid for your criminal record check. Existing registrants will pay $5.60 per year during annual renewal. BCCOHP collects the money and submits payment to the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General on an applicants’ behalf. 

Although BCCOHP will be sending your criminal record check to the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General on your behalf, you will still be responsible for providing requested correspondence to the ministry, such as fingerprint requests and adjudication.

CDAs renewing as a different certification category

If you are not planning to practise as a CDA effective April 1, you have three options: 

  1. renew with full certification, 
  2. renew as non-practising, or 
  3. allow your certification to expire
  1. Renew with full certification
    You can choose to keep your certification active by renewing with full certification, even if you do not plan to practice during the time for which you will be certified. If you choose to do so, you must:
  2. Renew as non-practising
    As a non-practising CDA, you will not be permitted to provide any services of a CDA. You may apply to reinstate to a full status any time of the year. The reinstatement process does not require a new criminal record check.  If you want to reinstate from non-practising status to practising status, please email registration@oralhealthbc.ca.

    Note: CDAs may hold non-practising certification indefinitely but must meet quality assurance requirements to reinstate to full CDA certification. 
  3. Allow your certification to expire
    If you don’t renew, your certification will expire. If your certification has expired and you wish to regain full CDA certification status, you must:

Reinstating within 60 days
To reinstate your certification within 60 days of expiration, you must complete a renewal form online and pay the renewal fee, reinstatement fee and criminal record check fee before June 1, 2023. 

Reinstating after more than 60 days unrenewed
To reinstate your certification after 60 days of expiration, you must complete and submit a paper reinstatement application, available on our website. You must also undergo a new criminal record check and submit payment for the renewal fee, reinstatement fee and criminal record check fee. 

Note: After an extended absence, educational credentials may not be recognized.  

If you have questions or require further information, please email registration@oralhealthbc.ca.  

Note: You cannot practise until you have reinstated. If your certification has expired and you wish to regain full CDA certification, you must: 

Reinstating within 60 days
To reinstate your certification within 60 days of expiration, you must complete a renewal form online and pay the renewal fee, reinstatement fee and criminal record check fee before June 1.

Reinstating after 60 days
To reinstate your certification after 60 days of expiration, you must complete and submit a paper reinstatement application, available on our website . You must also undergo a new criminal record check and submit payment for the renewal fee, reinstatement fee and criminal record check fee. 

If you have questions or require further information, please email registration@oralhealthbc.ca

 

 

Non-practising certification is a category for individuals who can hold full certification but do not plan to practice at that time. Non-practising CDAs are not permitted to provide CDA services.   

Note: If you are a non-practising CDA, you may hold non-practising certification indefinitely. However, if you wish to regain full status, you must meet the quality Assurance requirements in place at that time. After an extended absence, educational credentials may not be recognized. 

Non-practising CDAs cannot renew to full certification at renewal. Please contact our office to confirm your eligibility to reinstate to full certification . Non-practising CDAs must meet BCCOHP’s quality assurance (QA) requirements to reinstate to a full status. For more information on QA requirements, please click here.   

If you were practising in another jurisdiction as a healthcare provider, BCCOHP will require a Certificate of Standing from that jurisdiction prior to completing renewal.   

Please contact our office using our contact form to first confirm eligibility.

If you are planning to resign and will not practise before the new fiscal year starts on April 1, you may apply to resign by sending an email to registration@oralhealthbc.castating that you wish to resign before April 1. Your status will be updated to “Resign from Register.

If you are retiring your CDA certification, please select“Resign from Registerfrom the options on your renewal form.

CDA quality assurance

To renew or reinstate to full CDA certification status, you must meet BCCOHP’s Quality Assurance requirements including: 

  1. Continuing education (CE) – CDAs must have a minimum of 36 credits completed per 3-year QAP cycle. 
  2. Continuous Practice hours (CP) – CDA must have a minimum 600 practice hours providing the restricted services of a CDA per 3-year QAP cycle. 

The minimum continuous practice requirement is 600 hours of providing the restricted services of a CDA per 3-year QAP cycle. If you do not meet this requirement, please get in touch using our contact form

The minimum continuing education requirement for CDAs is 36 credits per 3-year QAP. Log in to view your CE transcript. If you do not meet this requirement, you must renew as “non-practising” while you complete your CE credit requirements. 

Note: If your CE requirement is incomplete and your cycle has expired, contact us via our contact form for next steps. 

If the CE credits you submitted are not selected for audit, your submission status will remain as “submitted” at the end of the submission day, and the credits will be added to your total CE credits for that cycle. 

 Information about the CE submission and audit process is available online. For the information about CE statuses, please review our CE transcript terminology.   

CDAs renewing as the same certification category

Certification expiry dates have changed to reflect BCCOHP’s fiscal year beginning on April 1. This means that regardless of when you received your certification, you must renew by March 31 to continue holding certification. 

For information on returning to practice, please review our online information. If you have further questions, please  contact our office.