A Guide to CDHO Registration for Students in Restorative Dental Hygienist Training

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Restorative dental hygiene is a great career path for professionals in the field seeking advancement. In this rewarding role, you’ll improve patients’ lives by fixing their smiles and oral health. Your duties include taking dental impressions for bridges and crowns, placing and removing dental restorations, adjusting restorations, and performing various orthodontic procedures.

Our 22-week diploma program is designed to provide students with the skills necessary for success in this career. All students admitted to this program must already be registered with the CDHO. What is the CDHO? What is the registration process like? And what are the benefits of CDHO registration? Keep reading to learn more. 

What Is the CDHO? 

The CDHO stands for College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario. It is a regulatory body for dental hygiene in Ontario that sets a quality standard for the field in the interest of public health. Registering with the CDHO allows you to legally identify as a dental hygienist after extensive training. Before registering, aspiring dental hygienists must fulfill some educational requirements, including: 

  1. Successful completion of a dental hygiene program equivalent to a full-time program of two years. It must, at the time of the applicant’s graduation, be accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada or by the American Dental Association 
  2. The applicant must hold a certificate issued by the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board or complete the written competency evaluation set or approved by the Registration Committee.
  3. The applicant must have completed a clinical competency evaluation set or approved by the Registration Committee unless the applicant has completed a program referred to in paragraph 1


You must complete the steps to register and start restorative dental hygienist training.

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Registering with the CDHO is the next step after completing dental hygienist training.

What Is the Registration Process for Students in Restorative Dental Hygienist Training

CDHO registration involves the following steps: 

  1. Apply for the NDHCB exam and pay registration fees
  2. Prepare for the exam
  3. Pass the NDHCB exam
  4. Review the CDHO New Graduate Guide 
  5. Set up your CDHO account
  6. Pay your application fee
  7. Take your jurisprudence exam
  8. Complete CDHO registration and update your profile 
  9. Review the CDHO Registrants Handbook 
  10. Login to your CDHO account to get your Professional Liability insurance certificate
  11. Wait for the CDHO registration confirmation 
  12. Receive your CDHO registration number and welcome package 


Once you’ve completed the process, you’ll be ready to work in the field or pursue various dental hygienist training programs to help you advance your career.

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Registering with the CDHO after dental hygienist training is a great stepping stone.

Benefits of CDHO Registration 

Registering with the CDHO grants you access to the legal right to practice dental hygiene, but the benefits go much further. As briefly discussed, registrants gain access to continuing education, which can significantly enrich their careers. In addition, CDHO registration grants dental hygienists access to many professional resources, networking opportunities, and a system for professional accountability. Though lengthy, the process is worth it for a rewarding, lucrative career like restorative dental hygiene. 

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