Dental hygienist initial registration

Timeline

If you have registered with BCCOHP at any time in the past, please see Annual Renewals. 

All registration applications take 2 to 4 weeks to process from the date that a complete application is received. 

Please note additional documents may be required, and processing of these may take up to 6 weeks. 

Until notified by phone that registration has been processed, an applicant is NOT allowed to work as a dental hygienist in BC. 

Preparing to Apply

Carefully review the information contained within the Registration Information Guide. We also provide a checklist of the requirements to assist you in the application process.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that your email host will accept our email notices. 

To complete the registration process, you will need: 

  • Your contact information 
  • Your relevant education information 
  • Notarized ID with the photo notarization form 
  • Criminal Record Check (CRC)
    **RCMP Police Check will not be accepted. All Criminal Record Checks must be completed with the BC Ministry of  Public Safety and Solicitor General and must have been completed within the last 6 months. For those unable to complete the CRC online or who have been “locked out” by the Ministry’s website, please contact the BCCOHP Registration Office for assistance**
  • Jurisprudence Education Module Certificate of Completion 
  •  Recent graduates should confirm that their program and/or educational facility has been approved by the College (approved programs are listed in Schedule C 
  • Proof of eligibility to practice LA (Not applicable to those who have graduated in the past 5 years from a DH program in BC) 
  • For previously registered dental hygienists only: Letter of Standing from ALL jurisdictions in which you have been registered to practice dental hygiene using the form provided 
  • For those previously registered in another profession only: Letter of Standing from all jurisdictions in which you have been registered to practice any other profession using the form provided 
  • Professional negligence insurance in the amount of at least $1 million per occurrence in a form that is satisfactory to the College. If you are currently registered in another jurisdiction and currently have CDHA insurance, please contact CDHA directly to discuss your membership options. You will be prompted in the online application form to provide your insurance policy details and a copy of your proof of insurance document. 
  • Payment of Fees (see schedule A, depending on submission method) 

Registrant Classifications

For more information to determine which registration classification you qualify for, please see Registration Classifications. 

Application Options

BCCOHP offers online registration only. 

Online 

The online application allows Canadian and U.S. (only) applicants to electronically submit their registration information instantly. Payment by Mastercard, Visa, Visa Debit, or Interac Debit is accepted. Applicants from outside North America should contact the College for payment options. 

If you have your documents ready, begin the online application process.