Canadian Performance Examination in Dental Hygiene (CPEDH)

About the CPEDH

Applicants from non-accredited schools who have been granted equivalency and have passed the National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination (NDHCE), must also successfully complete the Canadian Performance Exam in Dental Hygiene (CPEDH) before they can register to practice in most provinces. Individuals should check with the Regulator in the province they wish to register to confirm their requirements to practice. A full list of Regulators is available here. The CPEDH is delivered annually in a central location and as of 2022, is administered by the Federation of Dental Hygiene Regulators of Canada (FDHRC). The CPEDH was developed through a partnership of the College of Dental Hygienists of British Columbia, College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta, and the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario. 

The CPEDH is a practical examination that assesses an applicant's clinical skills. The purpose of this exam 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 will assess the competency of an entry-to-practice dental hygienist's knowledge and/or skills in both a simulated-based setting and in an authentic clinical context delivered over two days.

The examination valuates a broad range of clinical skills and issues 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


Application for the 2022 CPEDH

Exam Date: October 22-23, 2022

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Application Deadline: August 29, 2022

Registration is now open. Click to download the 2022 CPEDH application

Candidate will need the following documentation and/or information to complete their application:

  • Two current, notarized, passport-style photographs.

  • Evidence of Professional Liability Insurance for a minimum amount of $1,000,000.

  • Date of successful completion of the NDHCE and certificate number.

  • Reporting of any active communicable disease/respiratory illness (e.g., TB, HBC). If the applicant has such an illness, it must be reported in writing and the report and any related documentation must be included with the application form. Complete appropriate follow up to determine what, if any, actions are required. 

  • Payment of the application fee, preferably by credit card, is required at the time of application. 


Candidate wishing to apply for exam accommodations must submit the Special Accommodations Application form and Supporting Documentation for Accommodation Request form at the time of application. These documentations can be found on the website here

Exam Preparation Resources

A number of resources to assist CPEDH candidates to prepare for the examination is provided below. 

Infection Control Guidelines