Annual Renewal - Dentists

Dentists must renew their registration 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.

Dentists must renew their registration annually. BCCOHP 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 registration with the BC College of Oral Health Professionals and submit payment by logging into your account.

Have questions? Please contact us.

Reinstatement

Within 0-60 days 

If you have not renewed your registration by April 1 each year, your registration 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 registration has expired 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 registration and returning to practice can be found on this page. 

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.” 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 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 by March 31 to: 

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

Note: You must complete and submit your 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. For more information on criminal record checks, please visit our website here.

Criminal record check

Criminal record checks cost $28.00. 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 more information on criminal record checks, please visit our website here.

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. 

For more information on criminal record checks, please visit our website here.

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. 

For more information on criminal record checks, please visit our website here.

Dentist 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. Select “resigned from register” 

Non-practising 
As a non-practising dentist, you are not permitted to practise dentistry. A dentist who holds non-practising status is not required to have active malpractice insurance coverage or meet quality assurance requirements. Dentists may hold non-practising registration indefinitely as long as they renew each year.

 You may apply to reinstate to a practising status at any time, except during renewal.

 The reinstatement process does not require a new criminal record check, but you must meet Quality Assurance Program requirements, reactivate malpractice insurance coverage and provide new Certificates/Letters of Standing from all jurisdictions you currently hold/previously held registration(s) in. If you would like to reinstate from non-practising status to practising status, please email registration@oralhealthbc.ca.

Resigned from register 

If you wish to resign from the register, please select the option “Resigned from register” under Registration Categories in the renewal form.  

If you wish to reinstate to practise in BC again, you must : 

Reinstating within 60 days
To reinstate your registration 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 registration after 60 days of expiration, 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.   

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

The non-practising registration category is for dentists who can hold a registration as a Full Dentist Registrant or Limited (Restricted-to-Specialty) Registrant 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’sQuality Assurance requirements.

Non-practising registrants cannot renew in a practising class online at renewal. Please contact our office to confirm your eligibility to reinstate to practising. Non-practising registrants must meet BCCOHP’s quality assurance program (QAP) requirements to reinstate to a practising status.   Please see the quality assurance for dentists webpage for more information on requirements.  

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.   

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 resigning your dentist registration, please select “resigned from register” from the options on your renewal form. 

If you would like to resign your registration before the new fiscal year starts on April 1, you can read more about the steps to resignhere. 

You cannot practice until you have reinstated your practising registration. 

If your registration has expired and you wish to regain practising status, you must: 

Within 60 days

To reinstate your registration 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 60 days
To reinstate your registration after 60 days of expiration, 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 registration as a full dentist registrant, limited (restricted-to specialty) registrant or limited (academic) registrant, you must meet BCCOHP’s Quality Assurance requirements including: 

  1. Continuing education (CE) – Dentists must have the minimum of 90 CE credits completed within their QAP cycle. 
  2. Continuous Practice hours (CP)- Dentists must have the minimum 900 practice hours within their QAP cycle. 

The minimum continuous practice requirement for dentists is 900 hours within their 3-year QAP cycle. If you do not meet this requirement and wish to hold practising registration, please submit a letter to the Registration Committee outlining your specific circumstance, and requesting information on what options are available to you. You can submit this usingour contact form. 

The minimum continuing education requirement for dentists is 90 credits per 3-year QAP 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, you will need to contact the Quality Assurance Department 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.  

Dentists renewing as the same registration category or renewing their certification

BCCOHP’s fiscal year runs from April 1 to March 31 of the following year. This means that regardless of when you were registered, your registration expires March 31, and you must renew by March 31 to continue holding registration in the next fiscal period.

You cannot practice until you have reinstated your practising registration. 

If your registration has expired and you wish to regain practising status, you must: 

 

If you are a former registrant and you wish to regain practising status, you must meet BCCOHP’s Quality Assurance (QA) requirements 

Reinstating after less than 60 days expired 

To reinstate your registration after less than 60 days expired, you must complete a renewal form online and pay the renewal fee, reinstatement fee and criminal record check fee before June 1.   

Reinstating after more than 60 days expired 
To reinstate your registration after more than 60 days expired, 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. 

Please get in touch using our contact form for further information. 

For Full Dentist registrants who hold certification as a Certified Specialist, a box will appear on your renewal form to ask you to renew your certification along with your Full Dentist Registration. You must select both boxes to proceed with renewing your certification as a Certified Specialist.

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 or nitrous oxide/oxygen alone. 

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 must inform BCCOHP and complete intitial self-assessment if they provide moderate sedation services in their facility. While assessmet is on-going, dentists may provide moderate sedation as long as they are in full compliance with the Minimal and Moderate Sedation Services in Dentistry Standards & Guidelines, unless directed otherwise.

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

With the amalgamation of oral health profession colleges into the new British Columbia College of Oral Health Professions (BCCOHP), the updated bylaws now reflect standards consistent with those of other health profession regulatory bodies. In addition to dentists, the corporation renewal requirement and fee also applies to dental hygienists and denturists. 

Corporation renewal also ensures that BCCOHP has up-to-date information about oral health professionals who are practising through a health profession corporation.

Dentists holding Full Dentist Registration or Limited (Restricted to Specialty) classes can be owner of a corporation, as stipulated under BCCOHP Bylaws 14.04 (1).

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.