Licensure/certification examinations have a well defined purpose: to protect the public by ensuring that those who are certified possess sufficient knowledge and skills to perform important occupational activities safely and effectively (AERA et al., 1999).
How to apply for the NDHCE (National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination)?
There are 2 ways to apply for the NDHCE; by Mail or Online.
You can download an Examination Application Form to write the NDHCE by clicking here. You will then have to complete it by hand and mail it to the NDHCB with the supporting documentation required. See Manual Examination Application Guide for more details.
What is the NDHCE?
The National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination (NDHCE) is designed to assist the provincial and territorial dental hygiene regulatory authorities to determine whether or not an applicant for certification, registration, or licensure possesses adequate knowledge and/or skill related to entry-level dental hygiene practice standards.
The NDHCE is intended to fulfill the written examination requirement. However, acceptance of the NDHCB Certificate is completely at the discretion of the individual provincial or territorial dental hygiene regulatory authority.
The format of the NDHCE is as follows:
* The number of days the exam is offered may vary in certain exam centres depending on the number of candidates and seating availability.
The fees for the certification examination must be paid in full by credit card (VISA or Master Card), VISA Debit Card, certified cheque or money order in Canadian funds (payable to the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board), at the time of application.
Examination fees are subject to change without notice.
If you decide to withdraw from the examination or transfer to a later date, please inform the NDHCB in writing (email is fine) as soon as possible. The NDHCB will acknowledge your withdrawal or transfer in writing, and send you re-application information. Candidates who withdraw from the examination will receive the following refund.
It is important that you complete the appropriate request forms for testing accommodations, if you have a professionally diagnosed disability that could adversely affect your performance on the examination. If you require some accommodation (e.g., separate room, large print examination, etc.) in taking the examination, please consult the guide and then download, fill and return the Testing Accommodation Application Form. Don't forget to have the documentation form supporting your accommodation request completed by a professional and to include all details about past accommodations in academic/exam settings. We cannot guarantee that the accommodations will be available unless the accommodations are requested at the same time as you apply to write the examination.