Below are the CDNS Registration and Licensing Policies related to placing an individual on the CDHNS Register and issuing a practising licence, upon receipt of a complete application

See Registration Information for the General Registration/Licensing Requirements. This will provide you with links to the Tab for the application pathway that applies to your situation e.g., you are a graduate from an accredited dental hygiene program, and you've never been registered in another Canadian jurisdiction. You will be able to submit your application from that specific Tab.  

See Fees and Payments to find the link to the Fee Schedule and information about payment methods. Please note: You will also find this same information in the Application Tabs noted above. 

Registration and Licensing Policies

These policies include timelines and the appeal process. While registration and licensing are separate and distinct matters, as outlined in the legislation, they are merged into one application submission for ease of use for applicants.  

CDHNS Registration Process Overview

CDHNS Licensing Process Overview

CDHNS Accommodations Policy effective April 25 2022

CDHNS Alternative Information to Required Documentation Policy

CDHNS English Language Requirements

CDHNS Professional Liability Insurance (PLI) Policy, approved by Council Aug 30, 2021

CDHNS Privacy Policy, updated policy approved by Council Dec 30, 2021


Translation of Documents to be submitted to the CDHNS 

Documents that are not in English or French must be translated. Applicants are responsible for having their documents translated by a certified translator and providing a certified official translation to CDHNS of the requested documents. Costs will vary depending on the volume of the text. A certified official translation means that a professional (certified) translator takes your document in its original language and translates it into English or French. The professional then places his or her stamp, seal, or special paper on a cover letter attached to the documents themselves or to an electronic version (disk or thumb drive) indicating that it is a true translation of the original language document.

If you had your documents translated for another organization e.g., NDHCB, we will accept a copy of previously translated documents that meet the criteria stated above, if sent directly from that organization.

Applying for a Professional Corporation Permit with the CDHNS

Dental hygienists who wish to practice through a professional corporation submit an application for a permit prior to beginning to provide care through the professional corporation. See the two documents below for further details.  If you provide services through a dentist professional corporation, you do not need to apply for a professional corporation permit from the CDHNS.

Fees as approved by Council:

  • Initial Registration Fee: $100 for Professional Corporations
  • Annual Renewal Fee: $75 for Professional Corporations

Notification re: Professional Corporation Permit Requirements

The Notification document provides details on who must apply for a Professional Corporation Permit.

CDHNS Professional Corporation Guidelines

The CDHNS Professional Corporation Permit Guidelines document outlines all of the requirements, as approved by Council in June 2019.