International Applicant

Welcome Internationally Educated Applicants!

Am I Eligible to Immigrate to Manitoba?

Visit to determine whether you are eligible to immigrate to Manitoba. It is important to note the immigration process is separate from the registration process with CDHM.

If you are approved to immigrate to Manitoba, the next step is to apply to write the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board (NDHCB) Exam and complete the competency assessment. If you are emigrating from the United States, have graduated from an accredited dental hygiene program, and have practicing registration in the United States, you will not be required to complete a competency assessment, as Canada has a reciprocal agreement with this country. It is suggested that you work on both the immigration and the registration process at the same time.

*A Message to Internationally Educated Nurses (IEN) from Manitoba Shared Health and The Office of the Fairness Commissioner:

If you are an IEN, not registered and able to work as a nurse in the province, guidance and financial supports may be available to you as you pursue the pathway to nursing or other health related occupations. Applicants must reside in Manitoba, either as permanent residents or Canadian citizens. See the poster here [ Download ] for more information.

Am I a Registered Dental Hygienist?

Registered dental hygienists are primary healthcare providers who have received dental hygiene specific education. Internationally educated dentists are not considered a dental hygienist unless they have a diploma or degree in dental hygiene.

Designations include: dental hygienist, registered dental hygienist, or oral hygienist

Anyone performing dental hygiene services must register him/herself with the College of Dental Hygienists of Manitoba prior to practicing the profession of dental hygiene.

How Does the Application Process Work in Canada?

The dental hygiene profession is currently regulated in all Canadian provinces except Prince Edward Island. Each province has its own dental hygiene regulatory body with similar requirements for registration. Applicants must contact each province separately to apply for registration in a particular province.

National Dental Hygiene Certification Board (NDHCB)

All applications to practice the dental hygiene profession in Canada are required to contact the NDHCB and complete the National Dental Hygiene Certification Exam (NDHCE). Depending on where you graduated, you may also be required to complete a Competency Assessment. In order to register to practice in Manitoba you must have first completed the NDHCE.

You are eligible to write the NDHCE if you meet the following:

1. Graduated from an accredited* dental hygiene educational program (or be within 4 months of graduating from such program at exam registration time) or,

2. Be a graduate of a dental hygiene program that is not accredited but meets all the required criteria necessary in order to have your educational credentials and qualifications assessed to determine eligibility to write the NDHCE (this process may help you determine if you wish to continue with the CDHM application process or if you should apply to a post-secondary educational institute for further learning)

*Accredited means: accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) or the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (ADA/CODA)

Equivalency Assessment

As an internationally educated dental hygienist, your eligibility to write the NDHCE is determined by an assessment of your education. All information pertaining to the education, qualifications assessment process, and other resources can be found on the NDHCB website.

Assessment Results: A positive assessment result means that you are eligible to write the NDHCE and will receive a letter indicating your eligibility status. A negative assessment result means that you have not received eligibility to write the NDHCE and you will receive a letter providing the reasons for ineligibility

At this time, there is no language proficiency test as part of this assessment. Please note that the NDHCE is available in the two official languages of Canada: English and French.

Clinical Competency Assessment

If you did not receive your dental hygiene education from an accredited institution in the United States of America, once you have successfully completed the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board exam you will be required to complete a clinical competency assessment. This clinical competency assessment may not be available in Manitoba, so you may be required to complete this assessment in another province.  Please contact the CDHM office at 204-219-2678 for additional information.

NOTE: The registration process can take some time as obtaining documents required for application can take several weeks and the NDHCB examination Equivalency Assessment can take up to a month once the documents have been received. The NDHCE is offered three times a year, usually in January, May and September and depending on your application, a clinical component may be required and these exams are also scheduled three times a year.

Financial Support

There may be financial supports available to you to assist you as you work through the application process. They include the following:

Employment Manitoba

Employment Manitoba delivers a full range of employment and training services to residents of Manitoba. Internationally Educated Professionals in need of assistance to re-enter their professions, may be eligible for financial supports to help pay for costs such as tuition, books and living expenses. To learn more about these supports and the eligibility requirements, please visit an Employment Manitoba Centre in person.

Go to  to find the Employment Manitoba Centre nearest you.

Recognition Counts

Recognition Counts is a program that provides supports to skilled immigrants wishing to work in their fields of expertise in Manitoba. The program offers career and financial counseling, as well as the opportunity to apply for a loan of up to $10,000, to help with the costs associated with gaining employment in a profession or trade. To learn more visit

Manitoba Student Aid

Manitoba Student Aid is a supplemental financial assistance program for Manitobans who do not have sufficient resources to pay for their post-secondary education on their own. They provide various types of funding on behalf of the Manitoba Student Aid Program and the Canada Student Loans and Grants Programs. This funding includes repayable government student loans and non-repayable grants and/or bursaries. All applications are assessed to determine eligibility and financial need.

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You are encouraged to contact the CDHM office at 204-219-2678 to inquire about the application process, including fees associated with registration.