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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Becoming a Mentor

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.


Qualifications of the Mentor

For the purpose of the CDHO Peer Mentoring Program, a mentor is a registered dental hygienist who has been approved by the College and has met the following criteria:

  • Good standing with the College;
  • A minimum of 5 years in clinical dental hygiene practice;
  • Currently practising dental hygiene;
  • Authorized to self-initiate for a minimum of 2 years;
  • The professional experience to facilitate the professional development of a colleague; and
  • Has completed the mentorship course and workshop.


The dental hygienist peer mentor facilitates professional development by adopting a role of confidante, advisor, role model and sounding board. The mentoring relationship is deliberate, conscious and voluntary, aimed at assisting in the growth and ability of another colleague. A peer mentor should limit the number of mentees one is responsible for to a maximum of three in a given time period. A mentor under the CDHO Peer Mentorship Program may not receive financial consideration for mentoring.