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Exam Information

National Dental Hygiene Certification Exam (NDHCE)

Successful completion of the written examination delivered by the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board (NDHCB) of Canada is required by all applicants. Graduates of dental hygiene programs can obtain information regarding the NDHCE by contacting:

     National Dental Hygiene Certification Board
     75-B Colonnade Road N
     Ottawa, ON  K2E 0A8
     Phone: 613-250-8156  Fax: 613-260-8511

It is advised that individuals apply for and complete the NDHCE written examination prior to applying for registration in the province of Alberta.  Individuals who do not meet the requirements to write the NDHCB exam, or who fail the exam after there (3) attempts, will not be eligible for registration in Alberta. 

Canadian Performance Exam in Dental Hygiene

An applicant from a dental hygiene program that has been determined to be "not substantially equivalent" to the College's benchmark, the Dental Hygiene Program at the University of Alberta, will be required to successfully complete the Canadian Performance Exam in Dental Hygiene (CPEDH)

The CPEDH is a College-approved practical examination. Its purpose is to ensure that all candidates possess the breadth and depth of clinical skills to safely and effectively enter professional dental hygiene practice in Canada. 

The CPEDH is a two-part performance-based assessment, which examines the candidate's dental hygiene knowledge and/or skills in both simulated-based and authentic clinical settings.

The examination evaluates a broad range of clinical skills and competencies, such as a candidate's ability to demonstrate proficiency in the dental hygiene process of care, including:

  • Infection prevention and control
  • Communication skills
  • Collection, documentation and analysis of data to identify oral health risks and client needs
  • Dental hygiene diagnosis
  • Dental hygiene treatment planning
  • Instrument selection
  • Detection and removal of supra and sub gingival calculus
  • Tissue care
  • Client management

CPEDH Candidate Orientation


DATE:   To Be Determined; Delays in place due to pandemic- related restrictions
LOCATION:   Toronto, Ontario

  • Application Form: available here once date determined
  • Special Accommodations Request Form: available here once date determined
    A request for accommodation of a physical, cognitive, or other special need must be made 60 days prior to the exam date.
  • Deadline:  To be determined once date is secured

Space in all CPEDH exams is limited, and applications are processed first come, first served. Once the maximum number of applications is received, additional applications will not be accepted regardless of the application deadline. Applications received after the deadline will not be processed. 

Exam Fees*


First attempt  700
Rewrite fee  600
Transfer fee   55
Withdrawal 21 days or more prior to exam  110
Withdrawal less than 21 days prior to exam  220
Practice exam   30
QA test  125


Canadian Performance Exam in Dental Hygiene 2,500

* Fees are in Canadian dollars