Dental Hygienists (DH)

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Sign into the NLCHP Portal to access online services for new applicants.

1. As an applicant who graduated from a non-accredited dental hygiene program outside Canada, you must first apply to the Federation of Dental Hygiene Regulators of Canada (FDHRC) for an equivalency assessment of your educational credentials and qualifications to determine if they are substantially equivalent to the Canadian dental hygiene educational standards.

2. Once you have received formal notice that you have been granted equivalency, you are then eligible to write the National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination (NDHCE).

3. Once you have passed the National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination (NDHCE), you must than also successfully pass the Canadian Performance Exam in Dental Hygiene (CPEDH) before you can register to practice in NL.

4. Once you have successfully passed the CPEDH, you can then begin the application for registration for Dental Hygienists in the NLCHP Portal. You will be required to pay a $60.00 non-refundable application fee.

Completion of the Application for Registration in the NLCHP Portal requires you upload the following documentation:

  • Color Photo ID (Driver’s License or Passport)
  • Current CPR approved by The Newfoundland and Labrador College of Dental Hygienist, see CPR Policy
  • Certificate of Conduct and Vulnerable Sector Check dated within three months of your application date (originals must be forwarded to NLCHP office after uploading)
  • Proof of successful completion of the NDHCE and the CPEDH
  • Proof of professional liability insurance (PLI)– Dental Hygienists must have a minimum of $1,000,000 PLI
  • Evidence of Policy – English Language Proficiency
  • Certificates of completion of the required online courses:

    (1) Custodian-Direct Contact with Personal Health Information available on

    (2) Direct Contact with Personal Health Information available on

    (3) Jurisprudence Education for your Health Profession available at

    You must also:

  • Request a Verification of Registration/Letter of Good Standing (s) from all jurisdictions where you are currently or have even been registered/licensed to practice. Please provide the jurisdiction with NLCHP’s Request Form: Letter of Good Standing Form These letters must be sent directly to NLCHP from the Regulatory Body. For more information please see the Policy – Letter of Good Standing.
  • Ensure that Official Transcripts/Proof of Education program completion must be sent directly from your educational institution to the NLCHP.


*For additional information on Dental Hygiene practice in NL, please visit the NLCHP website and the Newfoundland and Labrador College of Dental Hygienists (NLCDH). Please note once you become registered with the NLCHP, you are automatically registered with the College.

Please allow four to six weeks to process your application once all your required documentation has been submitted to the NLCHP. NLCHP will notify you by email that your application for registration has been reviewed and request you to login to the NLCHP Portal to pay your registration fees. You will receive an email once your application is approved and your name has been added to the List of Registered Health Professionals. You are then eligible to practice in Newfoundland and Labrador. You are not able to commence employment, which includes orientation until your name has been added to the NLCHP List of Registered Health Professionals.

If any of the documents required are available in a language other than English, you must attach to the original an English copy translated by a certified translator.  All costs associated with translation are the responsibility of the applicant.

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