Dental hygienist registration classes

Depending on your qualifications and professional circumstances, you may apply for different classifications of registration with BCCOHP. 

BCCOHP offers the following registration classifications: 

Available to dental hygienists who meet all of the following requirements: 

  • Graduation from a dental hygiene education program listed in Schedule C of the BCCOHP bylaws *  
  • Certification by the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board (NDHCB); 
  • Demonstration of current Continuing Competency (CC) credits; 
  • Completion of the Jurisprudence Education Module; 
  • Possession of professional negligence insurance in the amount of $1 million per occurrence; 
  • Demonstration of good standing in every jurisdiction in which currently or previously registered to practice dental hygiene; 
  • Demonstration of good character, consistent with the responsibilities and standards expected of a registrant; 
  • Authorization for a criminal record search (as required by the Criminal Records Review Act); 
  • Submission of a complete registration application form and the applicable fees (see Schedule A). 

* Graduates from dental hygiene programs not listed in Schedule C and who are not currently registered within Canada (see AIT) may satisfy this requirement by successfully challenging the Canadian Performance Exam in Dental Hygiene (CPEDH). 

Registrants with the following qualifications are eligible to apply to the Dental Hygiene Practitioner (DHP) registration classification: 

  • Current BCCOHP registration in the Registered Dental Hygienist classification; 
  • Completion of a degree in dental hygiene from an institute approved by the BCCOHP Board. 

Approved Institutions 

BCCOHP Board approved institutions for completion of a degree in dental hygiene: 

  • The University of British Columbia 
  • The University of Alberta 
  • The University of Manitoba 
  • Dalhousie University 
  • The University of Toronto 

If you meet the requirements for Dental Hygiene Practitioner registration as listed above, you have the option to apply for a registration class transfer to the Dental Hygiene Practitioner class by completing and submitting the application form found here. 

There is an Alternate Pathway to apply to the DHP classification for current RDH registrants who hold a BCCOHP-approved, non-dental-hygiene bachelor’s degree. If registrants are interested in pursuing this pathway, they should contact the Registration Coordinator 

Certification to Administer Local Anesthesia 

Information about certification requirements to administer local anesthetic (LA) in BC is available on the Certification to Administer Local Anesthesia information below. 

Non-practising registration is available to dental hygienists who currently hold or have previously held registration. Non-practising registrants must not practice dental hygiene. Non-practising registration will be granted to those who meet the requirements for Registered Dental Hygienist registration with the exception of: 

  • Local anesthesia 
  • Continuing competency 
  • Professional negligence insurance 

A Non-practising registrant may transfer to practicing registration by providing proof of completion of all requirements and paying the applicable fees. 

Temporary registration may be available to dental hygienists who are registered in good standing in another jurisdiction for the purpose of participating in or conducting an educational program sponsored by an agency approved by the BCCOHP Registration Committee. 

More information is available by contacting the BCCOHP Registration department.

Certification to Administer Local Anaesthesia

Certification to administer local anaesthesia is optional in BC. Dental hygienists who are authorized and certified to administer local anaesthetic (LA) in BC have the indication of “(C)” next to their licence class. For example: Registered Dental Hygienist (C) or Dental Hygiene Practitioner (C). The “(C)” stands for “certified to administer LA”.

Registered dental hygienists who do not have a “(C)” following their class of registration on their license are NOT certified to administer LA.

Registrants who are certified to administer LA must renew their certification (C) annually during the license renewal period to practice dental hygiene. Registrants who no longer wish to administer LA can opt out of LA certification and would no longer be licensed to administer LA.

Starting in 2022, registrants must complete the LA Module as part of their five-year QAP cycle, prior to renewing their LA certification.

If you do not already have your “C”, in order to obtain LA certification, you are required to successfully complete a BCCOHP-approved Local Anaesthesia course and/or demonstrate eligibility to perform Local Anaesthesia in the jurisdiction of practice within the past five years.

The following courses are approved by the BC College of Oral Health Professionals to obtain LA certification:

  • Camosun College DH Diploma Program LA course
  • Vancouver Community College DH Diploma Program LA course
  • College of New Caledonia DH Diploma Program LA course
  • UBC Entry-to-practice DH Degree Program LA course
  • Vancouver College of DH Diploma Program LA course
  • Vancouver Island University DH Diploma Program LA course

The following list provides dental hygiene program local anaesthesia courses approved by BCCOHP, from across the rest of Canada. Successful completion of an approved course meets the local anaesthesia education requirement to obtain LA Certification.

Approved Local Anaesthesia Courses Offered in Dental Hygiene Programs across Canada:

  • Dalhousie University Dental Hygiene Degree Program LA Course
  • Oulton College Dental Hygiene Diploma Program LA Course
  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic Dental Hygiene Diploma Program LA Course
  • University of Alberta Dental Hygiene Degree Program LA Course
  • University of Manitoba Dental Hygiene Diploma Program LA Course

If you have not completed an LA course as part of an approved dental hygiene program and you wish to obtain LA certification in BC, you can take any of the following continuing education (CE) LA courses. All CE courses listed below are approved by the BC College of Oral Health Professionals :

  • Camosun College Continuing Education LA course
  • College of New Caledonia Continuing Education LA course
  • UBC Continuing Education LA course
  • Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene Continuing Education LA course

The following institutions are providers of continuing education local anaesthesia courses that have been reviewed and approved by the College of Dental Hygienists of British Columbia. Successful completion of an approved course meets the local anaesthesia education requirement to obtain Local Anaesthetic Certification.

Contact information for the courses listed below have been provided for your convenience. Session dates and availability are not guaranteed and must be confirmed with the course provider to ensure accuracy. Please contact the course provider directly if you have any questions about these courses.

Approved Continuing Education Local Anaesthesia Courses Offered in Canada:

University of British Columbia

Continuing Dental Education Department

Local Anaesthesia for Registered Dental Hygienists

Location: 2194 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver, BC
Phone:604-822-6156

Email:            cde@dentistry.ubc.ca

Website:        https://www.dentistry.ubc.ca/cde/calendar/



Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene

Continuing Education Department

Local Anaesthetics for Dental Hygienists

Location:      1205 6th Avenue, New Westminster, BC

Phone:          604-215-7611

Email:            info@vancouver-college-dental.org

Website:        http://www.vancouver-college-dental.org/local-anesthetic-program.html



Camosun College

Continuing Education Department

Local Anaesthesia Certification for Dental Hygienists (Offering currently suspended)

Location:      3100 Foul Bay Road, Victoria, BC

Contact:        Karen Hood-Deshon

Phone:          250–370–3176

Email:            hoodk@camosun.ca

Website:        http://www.camosun.ca/ce/



College of New Caledonia

School of Access & Continuing Education Local Anaesthesia for Dental Hygienists

Location:      3330-22nd Ave, Prince George, BC

Phone:          250-561-5846

Email:            continuinged@cnc.bc.ca

Website:        https://cnc.bc.ca/landing-pages/local-anesthesia



University of Alberta

Continuing Education Local Anaesthesia Course for Registered Dental Hygienists

Location:      5-566, Edmonton Clinic Health Academy 11405 – 87 Avenue NW, Edmonton, Alberta

Phone:          780-492-5391

Website:        https://www.ualberta.ca/school-of-dentistry/continuing-dental-education



University of Manitoba

Continuing Education Local Anaesthesia Course: Pain Management Workshop

Location:      D113- 780 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Phone:          204-789-3562

Website:        http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/health_sciences/dentistry/cpd-dent.html



Dalhousie University

Local Anaesthesia for the Dental Hygienist at Continuing Dental Education

Location:      Carleton Campus, 5981 University Avenue, PO Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 4R2

Phone:            902-494-1674

Email:             cde.dentistry@dal.ca

Website:        https://www.dal.ca/faculty/dentistry/continuing-education.html



Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Local Anaesthesia Continuing Education

Location:      4500 Wascana Parkway, Regina, Saskatchewan

Phone:          1-866-467-4278

Website:        https://saskpolytech.ca/programs-and-courses/part-time- studies/course/local-anesthesia/ANES-262/

If you are uncertain about your current LA certification status, please log in to your registrant profile and check your registration class. Registrants who have LA certification will see a “(C)” next to their registration class. For example: Registered Dental Hygienist (C) or Dental Hygiene Practitioner (C). Please contact the College if you have any questions.