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Licensure and Practice

The practice of dental hygiene in California is regulated by the Dental Hygiene Committee of California. Out of state hygienists interested in sitting for the dental hygiene licensure examination must complete the requirements established by DHCC. Licensure by credential is also available to for qualified applicants. The clinical examination schedule is available on the DHCC website.

Dental hygienists in California are required to take 25 hours of continuing education every two years for licensure renewal includingbecome-a-dental certification in basic life support, 2 units of infection control and 2 units of California law and the dental practice act. Specific continuing education course requirements are available on the DHCC website. CDHA continuing education opportunities include our two annual Scientific Sessions, Home Study courses including our Journal CE articles, as well as local component CE course offerings.

The Government Relations Council of CDHA represents the interests of all registered dental hygienists in legislative matters affecting licensure and practice of dental hygiene in the state of California. Click here to read the legislative updates from the CDHA Government Relations Council.

For specific questions regarding the licensure process, licensure by credential and any inquires relating to regulations on the practice of dental hygiene in California, please contact the Committee of Dental Hygiene of California at: www.dhcc.ca.gov

The California Dental Hygienists’ Association represents the interests of dental hygienists in the state of California and is not a regulatory or licensing body for the practice of dental hygiene.
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