Professional Development

Professional development activities are an important part of job performance and quality assurance. Major benefits range from increased quality of care for your clients, to increased employment opportunities and job satisfaction for you.

Note: All professional development must meet the requirements of your provincial regulatory body and, in many provinces, a post-examination is required as part of the learning. It is your professional responsibility to ensure that the professional development opportunities you select will meet the requirements of your regulatory body.

Professional Development Opportunities

Workshops and Conferences—CDHA offers workshops on a variety of topics in locations across Canada. The biennial conference takes place on the odd years and, on the even years, CDHA hosts a leadership summit and professional development session in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting. Professional associations host workshops and annual or bi-annual conferences which provide opportunities for networking and professional development. There are also in-person events offered by commercial organizations such as rdhu and CE Solutions. Explore more on CDHA’s Oral Health Events Calendar.

Online Courses and Webinars—CDHA provides members with exclusive online courses, webinars, and exclusive pricing for Dental Hygiene Quarterly . In addition, many provincial dental hygienists' associations provide similar offerings periodically for their members. You could also look to industry or commercial organizations for online learning and even universities and colleges for on-campus, distance, or online education.

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Publications—Some provinces recognize the study of, or submission to, dental hygiene publications in their quality assurance program. The Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene (CJDH) , the official peer-reviewed research journal of the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association, has current and several years of archived issues online. Dimensions of Dental Hygiene , a US publication, has articles with quiz questions that may be of interest.

Study Groups—These are typically local groups of dental hygienists who get together. You may wish to contact your provincial association to find out about groups that may be meeting in your area.

Professional Development Requirements

Each province has different rules concerning the types of professional development activities that are eligible for use towards your continuing competency requirements (education courses, advanced study, study of professional journals, convention attendance, professional meetings, etc.) and how credit is calculated for each activity (hour-for-hour credit, credits per activity, credit as recommended, goal based learning etc.).

It is recommended that you keep records of all professional education activities, including certificates of completion, transcripts, and receipts. The general rule is to keep yearly records. Keep the proof of completion with a copy of the form and/or documents you send to the regulatory authority, as well as the proof of receipt sent by the regulatory authority, if provided.

Check out your requirements by visiting the website of your provincial regulatory authority.