As of September 1, 2022 – the College of Dental Hygienists of BC, College of Dental Surgeons of BC, College of Dental Technicians of BC, College of Denturists of BC becomes…
British Columbia College of
Oral Health Professionals
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 January for the following year. The renewal process can be completed online by logging into your account, completing the forms and paying the annual fee.
Have questions? Please contact us.
*Note: Some legacy college registration years (CDHBC and CDSBC) will end on February 28, leaving a one-month gap between the legacy college registration ending and the new registration year. For the period of February 28, 2023 – March 31, 2023, certified dental assistants, dental therapists, dental hygienists and dentists will need to register and pay for one month’s registration. Information on how to renew during the gap period will be shared as it becomes available.
Reminder: CDAs must keep their contact information up-to-date with BCCOHP.
CDA Login and Payment
On the login page, click “Forgot password? Click here.” You should receive an email with a temporary password. If you do not receive the email, please check your junk mailbox; if you do not find the email there, please use the contact us page or call 672-202-0448 (toll-free 1-888-202-0448) to get in touch.
Payment by cheque, money order or bank draft is acceptable. Please mail your cheque, money order or bank draft with the exact amount before March 1 to:
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 C$28. The College collects one fifth of the CRC fee (C$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 C$28 will need to be paid for your criminal record check. Existing registrants will pay C$5.60 per year during annual renewal. BCCOHP collects the money and submits payment to the Ministry on the registrants’/applicants’ behalf.
Although BCCOHP will be sending your criminal record check to the Ministry on your behalf, you will still be responsible to provide the Ministry correspondence that they request from you such as fingerprint requests and adjudication.
CDAs Renewing as a Different Certification Category
If you are not planning to practise as a CDA effective March 1, you have three options:
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 are not permitted to provide any services of a CDA. You may apply to transfer back to a full status any time of the year. The transfer process does not require a new criminal record check. You can find the transfer application and requirements on our website here (see “Transfer from Non-Practising to Full Certification”).
Note: CDAs may hold non-practising certification indefinitely but must meet the QA requirements to transfer back to practising.
3. Allowing Certification to Lapse
If you don’t renew, your certification will lapse. If your certification has lapsed and you wish to regain practising status, you must:
Reinstating After Less Than 60 Days Lapsed
To reinstate your certification after less than 60 days lapsed, you must complete a renewal form online and pay the renewal fee, reinstatement fee and criminal record check fee.
Reinstating After More Than 60 Days Lapsed
To reinstate your certification after more than 60 days lapsed, you must complete and submit a paper reinstatement application, available on the transferring and reinstating certifications page. 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.
Both are inactive statuses; details are laid out below:
CDA Quality Assurance
To renew, reinstate or transfer to practising registration, you must meet BCCOHP’s Quality Assurance requirements including:
The minimum continuous practice requirement is 600 hours of providing the restricted services of a CDA in the preceding three calendar years. 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 CE cycle. 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.
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.
CDAs Renewing as the Same Certification Category
All certifications expire at the end of March each year, and the deadline to renew is April 1.