Standards and Guidelines

It is the responsibility of all Alberta registered dental hygienists to comply with CRDHA's Standards of Practice. This includes the Practice Standards, Code of Ethics, specific standards of practice, and Practice Guidelines. All regulated members must apply these Standards of Practice in their practice of dental hygiene care, regardless of practice setting or area of responsibility. 

For questions about practice standards and guidelines, email the College's Compliance Advisors

Practice Guidelines

Practice Guidelines are dynamic and intended to reflect current best practice in relation to specific areas of dental hygiene care.

Professional Boundaries for Dental Hygienists in Alberta Guideline
Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct of Clients Guideline
CRDHA Drug Guidelines
CRDHA Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Conscious Sedation Guidelines

COVID-19-Related Guidelines

Joint CRDHA, CADA and ADA&C Guidelines effective February 10, 2021:
Dental Practice Guidelines during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Continuing Competence

A Continuing Competence Program is mandated by the Health Professions Act in Sections 50 to 53.

The Health Professions Act obligates all health professionals to view the maintenance of competence and the ability to apply advances in their profession as a lifelong process. It requires colleges to establish mandatory continuing competency programs in their regulations, and to link obtaining practice permits to participation in continuing competency programs.

The specifics of each college’s continuing competence program are explained in its regulation. All colleges approach continuing competence differently, but usually include one or more of the following:

  • Continuing education (a certain number of credits per year)
  • Self-directed learning, self-assessment and evaluation, and the development of competence plans
  • Re-certifications on a regular basis (for example, CPR)
  • On-the-job experience ("practice hours")

Continuing Competence Program and Rules