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Communicating educational requirements to applicants from non-accredited institutions

Classification: Health

Regulatory Body

College of DENTAL HYGIENISTS of Ontario

College of DENTAL HYGIENISTS of Ontario


This practice is of interest to regulators who want to explain to internationally trained applicants how they may determine whether their credential from a non-accredited education program is acceptable.

The College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario (CDHO) provides information about:

  • its non-exemptible education requirement

  • regulation changes which affect applicants from non-accredited dental hygiene programs

  • the formal process for course assessment

  • the content areas the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board reviews

  • recourse of an additional course assessment through the CDHO registration committee

  • the distinctions in competencies between dentistry and dental hygiene educational programs

This information is available on the CDHO website, on a page specifically identified for registration of applicants from non-accredited dental hygiene programs.

Value to Regulator

  • Helps to ensure adherence to published criteria, policies and procedures.
  • Helps to accommodate diverse needs of applicants.
  • Helps to improve access to pre-immigration assessments.
  • Helps to improve communication with applicants.
  • Helps to prevent potential for unintended or differential impact on non-traditional applicants.

Value for Applicants

  • Helps applicants better understand the registration process and what to expect.
  • Helps applicants better understand assessment of qualifications process and results of assessment.
  • Helps applicants to understand what to expect to be licensed before coming to Canada.
  • Enables applicants to meet registration requirements in more efficient way; process is streamlined and registration requirements are relevant and fair.

Duties from Registration Practices Assessment Guides

This practice falls under the following duties from the Registration Practices Assessment Guides:

  • Assessment of Qualifications
  • Transparency

Profession's Membership Size

Large (more than 10,000 members)

Date of publication:

May 13, 2013