Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University


Our Partnership

The College of Dental Hygienists of British Columbia (CDHBC) and Thompson Rivers University (TRU) have come together to help registered dental hygienists in the province of British Columbia realize their goal of achieving the Full Registration/365-Day Rule Exempt status through an established PLAR portfolio process.

Candidates, who must be confirmed as current registered dental hygienists in good standing in a Canadian jurisdiction, will create an appropriate PLAR portfolio with the support of a CDHBC Approved PLAR Assessor. This PLAR portfolio is based on a learning outcomes rubric established by CDHBC.

The Opportunity

The CDHBC PLAR portfolio process comprises the "Third" pathway approved by CDHBC to give registered dental hygienists the opportunity to demonstrate their learning through diverse practice experiences. The professional learning of approved participants in the CDHBC PLAR Portfolio process could be recognized as meeting the required competencies identified in the CDHBC Bylaws for registration in the 365-Day Rule Exempt category. Such an approach aligns with the mandate of CDHBC to support the safety of the public and provide access to oral health services.

Approved PLAR candidates will have the opportunity to achieve 365-Day Rule Exempt status in a manner that is both economically efficient and recognizes the knowledge that they have acquired throughout their years of practice.

Am I right for this evaluation process?

Application to the CDHBC PLAR portfolio process does not guarantee that any candidate can automatically expect to have CDHBC grant them registration in the 365-Day Rule Exempt category.

The CDHBC PLAR portfolio process is designed to help candidates focus and articulate their years of professional-related learning and compare it to the requirements of the 365-Day Rule Exempt status.

CDHBC has created a Pre-Application Self-Assessment tool to help potential candidates decide if they are ready to pursue the CDHBC PLAR Portfolio option. A PLAR approach can be an interesting and rewarding pathway to the 365-Day Rule Exempt registration category, but it also requires a commitment of your time, reflection, organization and documentation.

How do I get started?

  1. Complete a pre-application self-assessment. The PLAR Pre-Application Self-Assessment tool provides you an opportunity to audit your abilities in relation to the competencies in the new Bylaw and also gain a better understanding of what will be expected of you as a portfolio candidate. This information is designed to help potential candidates decide whether this opportunity is right for them.

  2. Apply to become a PLAR Candidate through TRU.

    1. Submit your PLAR Pre-Application Self-Assessment and pay an administration fee. A CDHBC PLAR Assessor will review your self-assessment and determine PLAR eligibility. Note: Before you can register for PLAR, you must pay an administration fee of $80 and be approved for PLAR through the PLAR Pre-Application Self-Assessment. Click here for more information and payment instructions.

    2. Once you have submitted your Pre-Application Self-Assessment, you will be contacted by a CDHBC PLAR Assessor to review your eligibility for PLAR registration and to discuss PLAR processes, roles, and responsibilities.

    3. Register to become a CDHBC PLAR portfolio candidate.

    4. Once you are a CDHBC PLAR portfolio candidate you will have access to the CDHBC Blackboard site. This site will provide you with more detailed information about each competency, the related knowledge and the performance indicators you will be expected to demonstrate. Note: Before you can gain access to the CDHBC Blackboard site, you will be required to register and pay the assessment fee to TRU. Click here for more information and payment instructions.

  3. Develop your portfolio. With the assistance of your pre-assigned CDHBC PLAR Assessor and the information found on the CDHBC Blackboard site, you will generate a summary of your educational and practice background and develop a brief description of the evidence/proof of learning you intend to include. Next you must generate a description of the learning you have achieved for each module and/or unit and support your narratives with evidence/proof. The templates and guidelines on the CDHBC Blackboard site will assist you in developing your submission.

  4. Submit the portfolio to your CDHBC PLAR Assessor. You have 30 weeks (approximately six months) to complete the PLAR assessment process and submit your portfolio electronically.

  5. Participate in an interview with your CDHBC PLAR Assessor. The portfolio assessment process includes an interview. This provides you with the opportunity to elaborate on the learning you have presented in your portfolio so that your assigned CDHBC PLAR Assessor can gain a deeper understanding of your submission.

  6. Review outcomes of the CDHBC PLAR portfolio assessment. If you have successfully demonstrated that your learning meets the required competencies identified in the CDHBC Bylaws for registration in the 365-Day Rule Exempt category, you may submit the CDHBC registration forms found on the CDHBC website. If you are not successful, your Assessor may help you determine the continuing education or advanced learning experiences you require.

What else do I need to know?

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