Annual Renewal - Dentists

Dentists must renew their registration 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.

Dentists must ensure the following is current:

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

Annual Renewal FAQ for Dentists

Dentist 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.

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 672-202-0448 (toll-free 1-888-202-0448).

Mastercard and Visa credit cards are accepted, but Mastercard/Visa debit cards are not. Interac for RBC Royal Bank, TD Bank, First Nations Bank of Canada, Scotiabank, 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 use the contact us page 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:

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 RBC Royal Bank, TD Bank, First Nations Bank of Canada, Scotiabank, 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 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.

Dentists Renewing as a Different Registration Category

If you are not planning to practice effective April 1, you have two options:

  1. renew as non-practising, or
  2. allow your registration to lapse

Non-Practising
As a non-practising dentist, you are not permitted to practise dentistry. You may apply to transfer back to a practising 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 “Application for Transfer”). A dentist who holds non-practising status is not required to have active malpractice coverage.

Note: Dentists may hold non-practising registration indefinitely but must meet the Quality Assurance (QA) requirements to transfer back to practising.

Lapsed Registration
If you don’t renew, your registration will lapse. If your registration has lapsed and you wish to regain practising status, you must:

Reinstating After Less Than 60 Days Lapsed
To reinstate your registration 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 registration after more than 60 days lapsed, you must complete and submit a paper reinstatement application, available on the reinstatement page. You must also undergo a new criminal record check and submit payment for the renewal fee, reinstatement fee and criminal record check fee.  

The non-practising registration category is for dentists who are eligible to hold a practising status but do not plan to practise for a period of time. Non-practising dentists are not permitted to practise dentistry.

Note: As a dentist, you may hold a non-practising status indefinitely. However, if you want to regain your practising status, you must meet BCCOHP’s Quality Assurance requirements.

You must contact BCCOHP before you complete the renewal process online. Non-practising registrants must meet the Quality Assurance (QA) requirements to transfer and renew to a practising status. Please contact our office first to confirm your eligibility to renew as practising. 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.  
 
You will also need to contact CDSPI to reactivate your malpractice insurance coverage. Please have CDSPI send a confirmation document to our office using our contact form so that coverage can be reactivated upon transfer completion. 

If you are retiring your dentist registration, please select one of the two below options on your renewal form:

  • “Retired”: Inactive status; you will continue to receive BCCOHP communications including emails and physical newsletters, for a fee.
  • “Resigned from Register”: Inactive status; you will not receive any BCCOHP communications (including emails and physical newsletters).

You can read more about the steps to retire/resign here.

Both are inactive statuses; details are laid out below:
  • “Retired”: Inactive status; you will continue to receive BCCOHP communications including emails and physical newsletters, for a fee.
  • “Resigned from Register”: Inactive status; you will not receive any BCCOHP communications (including emails and physical newsletters).
 
You can read more about the steps to retire/resign here.

Note: You cannot practice until you have reinstated.

If your registration has lapsed and you wish to regain practising status, you must:
 
Reinstating After Less Than 60 Days Lapsed
To reinstate your registration 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 registration after more than 60 days lapsed, you must complete and submit a paper reinstatement application, available on the reinstatement page. You must also undergo a new criminal record check and submit payment for the renewal fee, reinstatement fee and criminal record check fee.

Dentist Quality Assurance

To renew, reinstate or transfer to practising registration, you must meet BCCOHP’s Quality Assurance requirements including:

  1. Continuing education (CE) – Dentists must have the minimum of 90 CE credits completed in a three year cycle.
  2. Continuous Practice hours (CP)- Dentists must have the minimum 900 practice hours in the three preceding calendar years.

The minimum continuous practice requirement for dentists is 900 hours in the preceding three calendar years. If you do not meet this requirement, please get in touch using our contact form for further information.

The minimum continuing education requirement for dentists is 90 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.

Note: If your CE requirement is incomplete and your cycle has expired, get in touch using 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.

For more information about CE submission and audit process click here. For the information about CE statuses, please click on the link for CE transcript terminology.  

Dentists Renewing as the Same Registration Category

All registrations expire at the end of March each year, and the deadline to renew is April 1. 

If your registration has lapsed and you wish to regain practising status, you must meet BCCOHP’s Quality Assurance (QA) requirements. Please get in touch using our contact form for further information.

Sedation

Yes, the use of oral lorazepam (e.g. Ativan) is considered minimal sedation. Minimal sedation is defined as a single oral sedative (within MRD) with or without nitrous oxide/oxygen.

This question refers specifically to dentists. If you do not personally provide sedation services, please select “no” in response to this question.

Registration of dentist and facility are not required for minimal sedation. Currently, dentists may provide minimal sedation as long as they are in full compliance with the Minimal and Moderate Sedation Services in Dentistry Standards & Guidelines.

Facility owners are must inform BCCOHP if they provide moderate sedation services in their facility. Presently, dentists may provide moderate sedation as long as they are in full compliance with the Minimal and Moderate Sedation Services in Dentistry Standards & Guidelines.

If you intend to provide moderate sedation in your facility, please get in touch with us using our contact form with the following information:

  • Facility name (as appears on facility signage):
  • Facility owner(s):
  • Facility address, including postal code:
  • Facility contact information (phone and email):
  • Names of all moderate sedation providers and indicate if they are: i) sedation provider only ii) sedation and treatment provider

To update your facility information, please get in touch with us using our contact form.

Please get in touch with us using our contact form with all relevant details.

Corporations

No, you do not need to advise BCCOHP of changes prior to completing renewal. To update information about your corporation(s) and/or practice, please get in touch with us using our contact form after completing your renewal.