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Health and Social Services

Dental Hygienist

Dental hygienists assess, diagnose and treat oral health conditions through the provision of therapeutic, educational and preventive dental hygiene procedures and strategies to promote wellness.


College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta
206, 8657 - 51 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada  T6E 6A8
Phone number: 780-465-1756
Fax number: 780-440-0544


Under Alberta's Health Professions Act and Dental Hygienists Profession Regulation, registration with the College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta 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 requirements include successful completion of: (1) a diploma or bachelor's degree in dental hygiene from an approved program, and (2) an approved examination. Applicants who have been out of practice for a period of time also may have to demonstrate that they are currently competent to practice. For official, detailed information about registration requirements, contact the CRDHA.

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?" and the Alberta regulatory authority (below).

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

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