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Dental Hygienist

Dental hygienists assess, diagnose, and treat oral health conditions. They provide therapeutic, educational, and preventive dental hygiene procedures and strategies to promote wellness.


College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta (CRDHA)
302, 8657 - 51 Ave.
Edmonton, Alberta  T6E 6A8

Call: 780-465-1756
Call toll-free: 1-833-740-1099
Fax: 780-440-0544


Under Alberta’s Health Professions Act [pdf] and Dental Hygienists Profession Regulation [pdf], registration with the College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta (CRDHA) is mandatory if you meet identified competency requirements and provide professional services directly to the public, teach the practice of the profession to members or students of the profession, or supervise registered members who provide services to the public. Registered members who are authorized by the College provide restricted activities specified in the Regulation. Only registered members may call themselves dental hygienists.

What You Need

Registration as a dental hygienist requires successful completion of:

Applicants who have been out of practice for a period of time also may have to demonstrate that they are currently competent to practise. For detailed official information about registration requirements, visit the CRDHA website.

Working in Alberta

Dental hygienists who are registered and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta if registered dental hygienists in the two jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory in Canada? and the CRDHA website.

To learn about certification for internationally educated dental hygienists, see Dental Hygienist Registration Process.

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