Hawaii is a member state of the Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS).
At least once a year, CRDTS personnel administer a national dental hygiene exam in Hawaii.
The applicant registers directly with CRDTS (www.crdts.org) to take the exam.
Upon passing the exam, the applicant files an application for licensure and submits documentation of meeting the requirements, including passing the National Board dental hygiene exam.
For information on licensure click here.
Questions about licensure should be directed to:
Sandra Matsushima, Executive Officer
for the Board of Dental Examiners
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, Hawaii 96801
Telephone: (808) 586-2702
Certification in the administration of intra-oral infiltration and block local anesthesia is prerequisite to apply for Hawaii dental hygiene licensure.
HDHA sponsors certification courses but applicants are not restricted to only taking a certification course in Hawaii. However, it is strongly recommended that a certification course not given in Hawaii be submitted to the regulatory agency, the Hawaii Board of Dental Examiners, for prior approval. Applicants are advised to have a clear understanding of the stringent and specific criteria regarding the number of hours, number of injections, and specific type of injections required by Hawaii law and rules.
To download an application for certification in the administration of intra-oral block anesthesia,
To view The Current Hawaii Administrative Rules,
To view types of applications for dental hygiene licensure, click here.
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Licensees are required to have 20 hours of CE every biennium, which includes Basic Life Support ("BLS") for Healthcare Providers & ETHICS (2CEU).
CLICK HERE for CE requirements.
Hawaii Law requires that the original or a copy of the Dental Hygiene license be prominently displayed in the workplace.