College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario
The College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario regulates the practice of dental hygiene in the interest of the overall health and safety of the public of Ontario.

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CDHO Peer Mentor Training

Peer mentoring is an effective, adaptable, and practical strategy for supporting the development of another less experienced dental hygienist towards authorization to self-initiate. The College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario has developed a free, online, professional development course and face-to-face workshop designed to prepare dental hygienists in clinical practice to mentor other dental hygienists who are working to meet the requirements for authorization to self-initiate care.

About the Course and Workshop

The course modules and workshop Mentoring Excellence are free and available to dental hygienists who meet the following criteria to become CDHO Peer Mentors:

  • Be registered and in good standing with the CDHO.
  • Have practised clinical dental hygiene for at least 5 years.
  • Have practised while authorized to self-initiate in Ontario for a minimum of 2 years.
  • Have completed the CDHO mentorship course and workshop.
  • Be willing and able to participate in a mentoring relationship as a volunteer.
  • Have a positive attitude for the profession and its standards.

Dental hygienists who complete this online course and workshop will gain the skills and tools necessary to form effective mentoring relationships and will be able to use time spent learning and mentoring towards their requirements for the CDHO Quality Assurance Program.

The course content is organized into ten modules that cover mentoring models, mentor roles and responsibilities, the structure and dynamics of the mentoring relationship, challenges to the mentoring process and tools that will help mentors develop successful mentoring relationships.

The course (modules and activities) take approximately seven hours to complete. Learners can proceed through the ten modules sequentially at their own pace.

After completion of the course, learners complete the Mentoring Excellence full-day workshop and receive a wall certificate in recognition of their achievement. The course and workshop engages learners through course readings, audio, case presentations, self-assessments, and other interactive activities.

On a going forward basis, mentors can access the support of the CDHO practice advisors and fellow peer mentors.

Those interested in becoming CDHO Peer Mentors can apply by contacting Mary Gow at