To practise as a regulated health professional in Ontario, you must be a member of your profession’s regulatory college and hold a certificate of registration. Regulated health professionals are required by law to deliver competent, ethical and professional services, and are accountable to the public through their respective colleges.
The College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario (CDHO) regulates the practice of dental hygiene in the interest of the overall health and safety of the public of Ontario.
To practise as a dental hygienist in Ontario, internationally educated dental hygienists must hold a Certificate of Registration and meet the requirements set out by the CDHO. There are three categories of certificates of registration for CDHO: General, Specialty and Inactive.
As a first-time applicant, an internationally educated dental hygienist (IEDH) must apply for a General Certificate of Registration. To become eligible for the General Certificate of Registration, an internationally educated dental hygienist must pursue the following:
To learn more about the registration requirements, please visit the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario website.
Visit Services for Internationally Educated Health Professionals for information about Access Centre services and how to participate.