The credits table has been removed from the CDHA website.  The CDHNS Continuing Competency Committee has reviewed the current courses offered through CDHA, and has created their own credits table. Members can view this table below.

To review the Continuing Competency Guidelines click here.

Appendix A – For the Application for Registration

Blank CE Records to print - CDHNS Continuing Competency Record Form

Dental Hygienists are encouraged to attend a variety of courses.
We are pleased to provide a Certificate of Attendance which can be printed and brought with you to any courses for your convenience.

CDHNS Continuing Competency Requirements

As of January 1, 2018, all CDHNS members are required to enter and submit their continuing competence credits online.  Supporting documentation must be retained by the member and made available for audit purposes, upon request.

Applicable legislation:

Dental Hygienists Act of Nova Scotia

(4) The Council may, with the approval of the Governor in Council and subject to this Act, make regulations
d) respecting a quality assurance program, including requirements for members to participate in any such program, and including continuing education requirements or practice-hour requirements of members for registration or licensing;


Regulation Section 8(1)

(d) for an applicant who graduated from an accredited dental hygiene program more than 3 years before their application, they must
(i) have completed, in the 3 years immediately before their application, 45 hours of continuing competency requirements approved by the Council, and
(ii) have been practising dental hygiene in the 3 years immediately before the date of their application;

This applies to persons applying for a new licence. Members who are renewing licences must obtain 45 points in their assigned 3 year cycle or in the case of initial cycles as the CDHNS has assigned.


Continuing Competency Committee

This committee approves courses and reviews audit material for the CDHNS. Members may contact the committee through the CDHNS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Have you volunteered at the Nova Scotia Fluoride Mouthrinse Program?

Use this form to claim your continuing competency credits.
The Continuing Competency Committee reviewed the offered courses at CDHA in February 2017. The results are as follows:

CDHA Online Courses – 2017

Course Title Number of Credits CDHNS CE Category
Oral Cancer Screening 5 credits Category 1
Detect, Respond, Refer 35 credits Category 1
Elder Abuse 6 credits Category 1
Independent Practice 4 credits Category 3
Negotiations 5 credits Category 3
Interpersonal Skills 5 credits Category 3
Work & Personal Life Balance 6 credits Category 3
Healthy Workplace 3.5 credits Category 3
Professional Role 5 credits Category 3
Difficult conversations 3 credits Category 3
Self-Initiation for Dental Hygienists in NS (guidelines 6.1.10) 15 credits Category 1
Dental Hygiene Practice in NS: Jurisprudence 5 credits Category 1

CDHA Online Webinars – 2017

Webinar Title Number of Credits CDHNS CE Category
Time for Change! Evidence-based   Periodontal Debridement 1.5 credit Category 1
E-Cigarettes 1 credit Category 1
Dental Hygiene in a pain in the   … 1 credit Category 1
Effectiveness of fluoride   varnishes and sealants 1 credit Category 1
One to One Dietary   Interventions 1 credit Category 1
Neuro-musculoskeletal Injuries 1 credit Category 1
Abuse of Older Adults Webinar   Series (each webinar) 1 credit Category 1
Arrestin 1 credit Category 1
Silver Diamine Fluoride 1 credit Category 1
More than just a sweet tooth:   Challenges with our diabetic clients 1 credit Category 1
Oral Rinsing 1 credit Category 1
Naked Truth: Bare Essentials   for Baby Boomer Health 1 credit Category 1
Baccalaureate Dental Hygiene   Education 1 credit Category 3
Key Highlights from the 2015   Job Market/ Employment Survey 1 credit Category 3
Independent Practice: Gearing   Up and Getting Going! 1 credit Category 3
Interprofessional Education:   Promoting Collaborative Care 1 credit Category 3
An Evening with Heart 1 credit Category 3
Advocacy for Dental Hygienists:   Government Relations 101 1 credit Category 3
Everything you wanted to know   about Cochrane Resources 1 credit Category 3
Interdental Brushing 1 credit Category 3
Prevent and Protect: Liability   Insurance 1 credit Category 3
Ready, Set, Go! Demystifying   Claims and Codes 1 credit Category 3
Critical Illness Insurance 1 credit Category 3
Changing Face of Dental Hygiene   Employment in Canada 1 credit Category 3
Peer Review Process 1 credit Category 3
Healthy Smiles Ontario 1 credit Category 3
Get Smart about Employment   contracts    1 credit Category 3
Strategies to Supercharge   students and clients 1 credit Category 3
Navigating the Labyrinth of   procedure codes and E claims 1 credit Category 3
The Mysteries of the peer   review process 1 credit Category 3
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