Frequently Asked Questions

With the CDHBC Dental Hygienists Regulations and Bylaws coming into effect Feb. 24, 2020, and March 2, 2020, respectively, the CDHBC PLAR program is no longer accepting applicants at this time. For any questions related to this please contact CDHBC at

 Who can apply?

Dental hygienists who are currently registered and are in good standing in a Canadian jurisdiction can apply.

 How much does it cost?

There are two required non-refundable fees. There is an administration fee of $250 for the pre-application review, which requires a potential candidate to submit a self-assessment to determine whether they have sufficient evidence of past learning, to support a successful application.

There is a registration fee of $750 for the formal assessment of the CDHBC PLAR portfolio submission. This is only to be paid once a potential candidate has been provided with confirmation from Open Learning with a recommendation to move forward as a result of the pre-application review.

All fees are subject to change without notice.

 How does a candidate successfully complete a PLAR portfolio?

Candidates will be asked to describe their learning experiences; however these experiences alone will not create a successful portfolio. Candidates will receive additional recognition for demonstrated knowledge and skills and will be required to provide proof of this learning through their reflections and associated evidence.

It is important to remember that eligibility for the 365-Day Exempt Full Registration category is not based on experience; it is based on learning that has occurred as a result of that experience. It is not enough for a candidate to report that they have worked in a specific practice area for a specific number of years as that is simply a statement of experience. Candidates will also need proof of what they know and what they can do as a result of that experience.

 How will a portfolio candidate receive support?

Each candidate will be appointed a CDHBC PLAR Assessor who will liaise with them via telephone and/or electronic correspondence. CDHBC PLAR Assessors may advise candidates regarding competencies, performance indicators, assessment rubrics and how to navigate through the required forms. CDHBC PLAR Assessors may also provide candidates with constructive feedback, limited support, guidance and, when appropriate, suggest strategies to meet their learning needs. Typically, the candidate and the CDHBC PLAR Assessor communicate by email, however candidates will also be able to communicate with their CDHBC PLAR Assessor through the CDHBC Blackboard site. However, the assessor role is not that of a mentor, as the PLAR Assessor is responsible for the summative evaluation of the portfolio.

 How long will it take to complete a portfolio?

Completion of a PLAR portfolio can take a candidate between 30 and 50 hours. Candidates will have 30 weeks, or approximately six months, to complete and submit their portfolio for assessment. Candidates are expected to complete most of the work on their own.

 When will application be open for the CDHBC PLAR portfolio?

Application for the CDHBC PLAR Portfolio through TRU-OL will be available by January 30, 2014.

 Will PLAR candidates receive university credits?

Successful candidates will currently receive up to 9 upper-level PLAR credits towards the Bachelor of Health Science. For more details see

 Can I claim CDHBC Continuing Competency (CC) credits for completing the PLAR portfolio?

A candidate completing the PLAR process is not eligible for CC credits, as successful completion is a requirement for application into the Full Registration (365-Day Rule Exempt) category.

 How can PLAR candidates submit their portfolios?

Candidates may submit their portfolio and supporting documents in electronic format only via email, or through the CDHBC Blackboard site, which is found on the TRU website. Paper submissions will not be accepted.

 Will PLAR candidates have an opportunity to explain their portfolios submissions to the CDHBC PLAR Assessor?

Each candidate will be expected to participate in a 35-45 minute interview with a CDHBC PLAR Assessor. This interview is designed to gain insights into the knowledge and abilities the candidate presented in their portfolio submission. The interview is semi-structured and includes some standard questions and some individual questions specific to a candidate's submission.

 How will PLAR candidates receive their results?

Once the assessment has been completed, TRU will inform both the candidate and the CDHBC Registrar’s office of the result via email.

 Will candidates be able to repeat (re-register) for PLAR a second time?

The Director of TRU PLAR or his/her designate, in consultation with CDHBC, may allow a candidate to repeat the PLAR one additional time at additional cost.

 Is there an option for candidates to request extensions to complete PLAR?

The Director of PLAR for TRU, or his/her designate, in consultation with CDHBC, may allow an extension to complete the PLAR portfolio for a fee. In order for an extension to be approved, candidates must submit their request to the Director of PLAR, TRU, along with an extension fee of $50. TRU must receive the request and payment before the scheduled PLAR completion date, which is 30 weeks from the start of the Assessment period. Candidates who receive an extension have the status of "XT" (Extension) recorded on their file.

 Extension Fee Waiver

Candidates with exceptional extenuating circumstances (such as a long illness) that prevent them from working on the PLAR portfolio for longer than eight weeks may contact to apply for an extension with a fee waiver. Postal or other delays will not be considered as justification for a fee waived extensions. All candidates for a fee-waived extension must complete, and send, a 'Fee Waiver/Medical Withdrawal Request' form to the CDHBC Registrar's Office. For a fee-waived extension request to be considered, the extension request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation, e.g., a doctor's note, and CDHBC must receive the request no later than the scheduled PLAR completion date stated in the candidate's welcome letter.

In all cases where a fee-waived extension has been requested, students are required to establish an action plan, outlining a time schedule and support services to enhance their chances of successful completion prior to approval.

Second extensions will not be granted for any reason.

 TRU Library Access, Resources and Services

Currently remote access to TRU Library resources is not available. Availability is possible if candidates wish to visit the TRU library campus in person.

 Software requirements

Software requirements for online courses are minimal, however some courses may require specific software and requirements. Information regarding these exceptions can be found in the course description. Click here for more information about software requirements.


There is no appeal process for disputes regarding the result of a portfolio evaluation. Candidates must make their submission to the CDHBC Registrar's office within 30 days of receipt of the decision.

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