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“National Certification,
what is it all about?”
Last revised: November 2014
NDHCB
This presentation will focus on the following:
The NDHCB (National Dental Hygiene
Certification Board) organization
The NDHCE (National Dental Hygiene
Certification Examination) development
The NDHCE administration
How to prepare for the NDHCE
Security Issues
Exam Process
The National Dental Hygiene Certification Board exists
so that Canadian Regulators have reliable and valid
testing mechanisms for assessing current dental
hygiene competencies.
In addition, we are committed to:
Reflect a national standard for entry/re-entry into the
practice of Dental Hygiene;
Conduct examinations in a fair, valid, reliable and
equitable manner;
Issue a certificate to successful candidates;
Maintain a register of successful candidates.
History
• The NDHCE was developed in response to a priority
concern of Canadian dental hygienist regulators for
minimum entry-to-practice standards;
• The NDHCB is a not-for-profit organization. While it was
formed in 1994, it was incorporated in February 1996,
with its own Board of governors comprised of
representatives from;
– All provincial Regulating Agencies (except Québec’s)
– 2 Stakeholder Organizations: CDAC, CDHA (DH
Educator position)
– 1 Public Member
The National Dental Hygiene
Certification Examination (NDHCE)
Assists DHRAs in protecting the public by assessing
minimal competence for entry-level practice thus ensuring
preparedness to practice Dental Hygiene;
Evaluates knowledge/skill level against national standards
for education and practice;
Is based on DH competencies as defined in the National
blueprint;
Is currently required in all provinces, except Québec, for
entry into the practice;
How do I apply to write the examination?
The NDHCE Online Application form is available through
the NDHCB website (www.ndhcb.ca/en/forms.php#P4);
Submit the application with appropriate fee and required
documents to the NDHCB;
An Application Guide and a Candidate Guide are also
available on the NDHCB website at
(www.ndhcb.ca/en/forms.php#P4)
The Application Process
Candidates from
non accredited
schools
Eligibility Evaluation
Forms + $800 (+ tax) + docs
If from DH program with “status under review”
Candidates from
accredited
schools
Students
If
positive
Graduates
Exam Application
May apply if within 4
months of graduation at the
application deadline date
Can take 8-10 weeks or
more depending on
complexity
$665 fee (+tax)
($565 + tax for retakes)
Online approval by the
DH Program Coords
Online “seat” selection
(time & location)
What happens after I submit my Examination application?
If you applied online:
• you will receive an immediate confirmation of payment;
• if you have already been granted eligibility, the NDHCB will confirm
your exam registration;
• if you have not been granted eligibility yet, your program director will
be contacted by email to confirm eligibility (after the application
deadline). Once granted, the NDHCB will then confirm your exam
registration and invite you to select exam time and location online.
If you applied by mail, the NDHCB will:
• review the application to confirm your eligibility;
• process the payment, email a receipt for fees and confirmation of
examination registration and invite you to select exam time and
location online.
Examination Administration
20+ computerized testing sites across Canada (see list
on NDHCB website)
Offered 3 times per year:
January 19-20, 2015 (deadline: November 20, 2014)
May 19-20, 2015 (deadline: March 19, 2015)
September 21-22, 2015 (deadline: July 23, 2015) *
*
The number of days the exam is offered may vary in certain exam centres
depending on the number of candidates and seating availability
The minimum score required to pass is set in advance according
to a proven statistical method. It will also vary depending on which
items the candidate sees. Over the past 5 years, it has varied
between 66% and 71%
Results
NDHCE
January
May
September
TOTAL
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
#
%
Pass
#
%
Pass
#
%
Pass
#
%
Pass
#
%
Pass
340
72%
297
73%
272
74%
200
77%
261
86%
1,117 92%
921
90%
978
85%
575
85%
678
87.6%
74%
365
78%
315
67%
210
68%
225
65.3%
1,909 84%
1583
84% 1,565 79%
985
80%
1164
83%
452
Individual school results for each exam administration can be viewed at
www.ndhcb.ca/en/exam_results.php
What is the examination format?
4 hour exam: 2 periods of 2 hrs ea with a 15 min compulsory
break – Many centres have 2 exam sessions per day
(morning & afternoon) over 1 to 3 days;
200 questions – 180 scored and 20 non-scored;
Independent and case-based questions;
Delivered “randomly” (the computer selects different forms
from a pre-selected pool).
Some items are based on images.
Notes:
 show up at least 30 min before exam time
 bring a government issued photo ID
 bring a sweater & wear shoes with socks so as to not get cold
Development & Administration of NDHCE
Competency Review
Blueprint Development
Item Writing
By DH experts
Technical Review &
Professional Editing
By NDHCB DH
Advisor & Testing
Agency expert
Group Review
Experimental Testing
& Item Analysis
By DH experts
By other DH experts
and by the Testing
Agency
Development & Administration of NDHCE (con’t)
Monitoring of the Exam
& Setting Score
Translation
Review of translation
(French Validation Group)
Administration of Exam
Scoring, Security analysis &
Reporting of Results
By the Exam Committee
By a professional translator
By experienced bilingual RDHs
By computer in
specialized centres
By the Testing Agency, a
Security firm and the NDHCB
How to prepare for the examination?
Go to www.ndhcb.ca/en/forms to access the following
resource documents:
Examination application and Candidate Guide (with info about
withdrawals, transfers & security)
Latest NDHCE Blueprint
Sample questions and answers (with rationale & related
competency)
Online Practice Tests – two 75 item mini tests (a 3rd one will be
available in early 2015) through our website
www.ndhcb.ca/en/prep_test.php
List of some reference texts
English/French lexicon
Accommodation guide for Candidates with Disabilities
Latest Examination Blueprint
Published in September 2011;
Reflects the latest National competencies
approved by the FDHRA (Federation of Dental Hygiene
Regulatory Authorities);
All exams are based on the 2011 Blueprint
Available on the NDHCB website:
www.ndhcb.ca/en/forms.php#P4
NDHCB Blueprint - 12 Categories - 117 Competencies
CATEGORIES
PROFESSIONALISM
- 1. Responsibility
- 2. Accountability
- 3. Continuing Competence
- 4. Professional Relationships
- 5. Client Relationships
- 6. Practice Management
FOUNDATIONS
- 7. Foundational Knowledge
- 8. Health & Safety
- 9. Assessment and diagnosis
- 10. Implementation
- 11 & 12. Planning & evaluation
Total Number of
Competencies
Relative % Versus
Complete Profile
28
24%
24
20.5%
28
20
17
24%
17%
14.5%
Weighting of the 117 Competencies identified
in the NDHCB Blueprint
Group 1-A
Group 2-A
Very critical/higher frequency
30 competencies
35-45% of the exam
Less critical/higher frequency
30 competencies
15-25% of the exam
Group 1-B
Group 2-B
Very critical/lower frequency
28 competencies
25-35% of the exam
Less critical/lower frequency
29 competencies
5-15% of the exam
What does the examination look like?
Check out our online Prep Tests at:
www.ndhcb.ca/en/prep_test.php
as well as the free sample questions at:
www.ndhcb.ca/en/forms.php#P3
What happens if you pass the examination?
Your Candidate ID number will be listed on our
website, along with all the other candidates from
the same examination, as soon as all the results
are available;
You will receive a letter in the mail with your
official results, along with your NDHCB certificate,
within 6 weeks after the exam;
You must then contact the DHRA in the
jurisdiction you wish to be registered to practice.
What happens if you fail the examination?
You will receive a “fail” result letter, including a
personalized Performance Profile, by email within
6 weeks after the exam;
You will be invited to submit a new Exam
application for an upcoming administration;
You can attempt the examination up to 3 times
(note the change from a maximum of 4 attempts to
3 – those who have already written and failed once before
2015 will retain a maximum of 4 attempts).
What happens if your result is labeled
“Under Review”
Our standards and procedures have 2 related goals:
• Giving candidates comparable opportunities to
demonstrate their abilities;
• Preventing any of them from gaining an unfair
advantage over others.
To promote these objectives, the NDHCB reserves the right
to cancel or withhold any examination results when, in the
sole opinion of the NDHCB:
• there is an apparent discrepancy in, or falsification of, a
candidate’s identification;
• a candidate engages in misconduct or plagiarism; (next
page)
What happens if your result is labeled
“Under Review” (continued)
• a testing irregularity occurred;
• when aberrancies in performance are detected for
which there is no reasonable and satisfactory
explanation; or
• the results are believed to be invalid for any other
reason.
On its website, the NDHCB will label these candidates by
ID # only as “Under Review”, until it conducts its
investigation process;
A decision will be rendered as quickly as possible;
See www.ndhcb.ca/en/exam_security.php for more info.
Exam Process
All writing centres are computerized - minimum of 1
centre within 100km of any accredited DH school;
Proctors are hired and trained by our exam publisher Yardstick - a Canadian-based company;
Every exam is available in bilingual form – candidates
can switch from English to French and vice-versa
anytime during the exam;
Candidates see a “different” exam version since forms
of 180 scored items are delivered randomly from a preselected pool of items, in addition to the 20 non-scored
items also delivered to each candidate;
Thank you!
and Good Luck!
NDHCB
1929 Russell Rd, Suite #322
Ottawa, ON K1G 4G3
Tel : 613-260-8156
Fax: 613-260-8511
[email protected]
www.ndhcb.ca
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