The College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta (CRDHA) is the professional body that regulates the profession of dental hygiene in the Province of Alberta. This means that you must have a license from the CRDHA before you can work as a dental hygienist in Alberta.
Please note: The CRDHA does not do assessments for the purpose of immigration.
Under the Health Professions Act (the Act), the University of Alberta (U of A) Dental Hygiene Program is the standard approved program for registration with the CRDHA. All applicant’s who did not graduate from the U of A’s dental hygiene program must be a graduate of a dental hygiene program that is established as a recognized school, faculty, department, division or program at a post-secondary educational institution, and the competencies taught in that program must be substantially equivalent to those taught in the U of A program.
Substantial Equivalency Assessment
In order to assist with determining whether an applicant’s qualifications and competencies are substantially equivalent to graduates of the U of A program, the Registrar or Registration Committee may require the applicant to undergo any examination, testing or any assessment activity, and may direct the applicant to undergo any education or training activities that are considered necessary in order for the applicant to be registered. The cost of assessments, written or clinical examinations, testing, and any additional education or training activities is the responsibility of the applicant.