CDHA offers numerous different membership types.
Professional membership may be granted to any individual who: (i) has either earned a certificate or professional degree in dental hygiene granted pursuant to a dental hygiene program offered by an accredited college or institution of higher education or is licensed to practice dental hygiene in the United States under the provision of a "grandfather clause:" and (ii) is licensed to practice in any state, territory or possession of the United States if such license is required for the practice of dental hygiene; and (iii) agrees to maintain membership in a component if one exists where the member is licensed, practices or resides.
Professional members may pay their dues quarterly for $65/quarter. Out-of-State Professional member dues are $210 annually.
For a term of two years, New Professional membership may be granted to any individual who: (i) initially granted dental hygiene licensure in California; and (ii) who joined CDHA within six (6) months from initial licensure date; and (iii) who earned a certificate or degree from an accredited dental hygiene program within the past twelve (12) months. The New Professional membership will convert to a Professional membership after two years.
Full Professional members who are unable to work due to a disability may join at the Member with Disability rate. By completing an application, you are verifying your disability.
Student members of CDHA must currently be enrolled in an accredited dental hygiene program in California. Student members will convert to New Professional members at the end of their dues term of 24 months.
Membership intended for dental hygiene students joining in their second year. Student members of CDHA must currently be enrolled in an accredited dental hygiene program in California. Student members will convert to New Professional members at the end of their dues term.
Membership intended for non-hygienist supporting members. This includes dental assistants and dentists. Allied membership is available to any individual who supports the purpose and mission of the CDHA and is not licensed to practice dental hygiene in California or classified as Retired or Member with Disability. Allied members are "non-voting" members.
CDHA has designated individuals who are members for life. CDHA membership for 30 years is required. Applications for nomination to CDHA Life membership shall be submitted by the component trustee/or CDHA member and must be received in CDHA’s office no later than October 1 preceding the next House of Delegates to be eligible.