C-26, r. 144 - Regulation respecting the standards for equivalence of diplomas or training for the issue of a permit by the Ordre des hygiénistes dentaires du Québec

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chapter C-26, r. 144
Regulation respecting the standards for equivalence of diplomas or training for the issue of a permit by the Ordre des hygiénistes dentaires du Québec
DENTAL HYGIENISTS — PROFESSIONAL CODE — STANDARDS FOR EQUIVALENCE
Professional Code
(chapter C-26, s. 93, pars. c and c.1).
C-26
September 1 2012
DIVISION I
GENERAL
1. The secretary of the Ordre des hygiénistes dentaires du Québec must forward a copy of this Regulation to a candidate who, for the purpose of obtaining a permit from the Order, wishes to have a diploma or training recognized as equivalent.
O.C. 717-2006, s. 1.
2. In this Regulation,
(1)  “diploma giving access to the permit” means a diploma recognized by a regulation of the Government made under the first paragraph of section 184 of the Professional Code (chapter C-26) as giving access to the permit issued by the Order;
(2)  “diploma equivalence” means recognition by the Order that a diploma issued by an educational institution outside Québec certifies that the candidate’s level of knowledge and skills is equivalent to the level attained by the holder of a diploma giving access to the permit issued by the Order;
(3)  “training equivalence” means recognition by the Order that a candidate’s training has enabled the candidate to attain a level of knowledge and skills equivalent to the level attained by the holder of a diploma giving access to the permit issued by the Order.
O.C. 717-2006, s. 2.
DIVISION II
STANDARDS FOR A DIPLOMA EQUIVALENCE
3. A candidate who holds a diploma issued by an educational institution outside Québec is granted a diploma equivalence if the diploma was obtained on completion of studies equivalent to at least 2,460 hours of study at the college level, including 1,800 hours of training specific to dental hygiene. At least 1,145 hours out of those 1,800 hours must be apportioned as follows:
(1)  at least 740 hours in the following subjects, excluding training hours, including:
(a)  at least 60 hours in oral radiology;
(b)  at least 60 hours in orthodontics;
(c)  at least 45 hours in operative dentistry;
(d)  at least 45 hours in prosthodontics;
(e)  at least 45 hours in making connections between nutrition and oral health;
(f)  at least 80 hours in occupational health and safety and in the implementation of universal protection measures to prevent infections, including the use of various means to clean, disinfect and sterilize equipment;
(g)  at least 60 hours in scaling;
(h)  at least 90 hours in subjects related to the analysis of the structures and normal functions of the head and neck;
(i)  at least 60 hours in the screening of oral diseases and the connections between health history and dental hygiene treatments, including knowledge of the effect of pharmaceutical products on preventive and curative interventions;
(j)  at least 195 hours in teaching and intervention in the field of preventive dental health; and
(2)  at least 405 hours of training in dental hygiene including at least 30 hours in operative dentistry.
O.C. 717-2006, s. 3.
4. Despite section 3, where the diploma in respect of which an application for equivalence has been filed was issued 5 years or more before the application and the knowledge to which the diploma attests no longer corresponds, having regard to the developments in the profession, to the knowledge being taught at the time of the application in a program of study leading to a diploma giving access to the permit, the candidate is granted a training equivalence pursuant to section 5 if the candidate has attained the required level of knowledge and skills since being awarded the diploma.
O.C. 717-2006, s. 4.
DIVISION III
STANDARDS FOR TRAINING EQUIVALENCE
5. A candidate is granted a training equivalence if the candidate demonstrates a level of knowledge and skills equivalent to the level of the holder of a diploma giving access to the permit at the time of the application.
In assessing the training equivalence of a candidate, the board of directors must take into account the following factors:
(1)  the fact that the candidate holds one or more diplomas awarded in Québec or elsewhere and the year in which they were awarded;
(2)  the type of courses taken, course content and duration and marks obtained;
(3)  training periods, their duration and the related evaluation reports; and
(4)  the nature and length of relevant work experience.
O.C. 717-2006, s. 5.
DIVISION IV
EQUIVALENCE RECOGNITION PROCEDURE
6. A candidate wishing to have a diploma or training equivalence recognized must provide the secretary or the person designated by the board of directors for that purpose with the following documents required in support of the candidate’s written application, together with the fees for the examination of the application required under paragraph 8 of section 86.0.1 of the Professional Code (chapter C-26):
(1)  the candidate’s academic record, with a description of the courses taken, the number of hours for each course and the marks obtained;
(2)  a certified true copy of all diplomas held;
(3)  a document attesting to participation in a training period including its duration and the evaluation report and, where applicable, in ongoing or upgrading training activities related to the professional activities described in paragraph k of section 37 of the Professional Code;
(4)  a document attesting to the candidate’s work experience and a description thereof; and
(5)  where applicable, any information related to the factors that the board of directors of the Order may take into account pursuant to section 5.
Documents written in a language other than French or English that are submitted in support of an application for diploma or training equivalence must be accompanied by a French or English translation. The translation must be certified as true to the original by a member of the Ordre professionnel des traducteurs, terminologues et interprètes agréés du Québec.
O.C. 717-2006, s. 6.
7. The secretary or the person designated by the board of directors for that purpose must send the documents prescribed by section 6 to the committee set up by the board of directors to examine applications for equivalence and to make appropriate recommendations to the board of directors.
In order to make an appropriate recommendation, the committee may require a candidate who applied for a training equivalence to be interviewed, to write an examination or to serve a training period, or all 3.
O.C. 717-2006, s. 7.
8. At its first meeting following receipt of a recommendation from the committee, the board of directors must decide whether to recognize or to deny the equivalence applied for and inform the candidate of its decision in writing within 15 days of its decision.
If the board of directors refuses to recognize the equivalence applied for, the board of directors must at the same time inform the candidate in writing of the programs of study or, where applicable, of the training periods or examinations that the candidate could successfully complete in order to be granted a training equivalence.
O.C. 717-2006, s. 8.
9. A candidate who is informed of the board of director’s decision not to recognize the equivalence applied for may apply to the board of directors for a review, provided the candidate applies to the secretary in writing within 30 days of receiving the decision.
The board of directors must establish a committee to examine the application for review and appoint members to it who are not members of the board of directors or the committee referred to in section 7. Before disposing of the application, the committee must allow the candidate to present observations at a meeting.
For that purpose, the secretary of the Order must inform the candidate of the date, time and place of the meeting where the application will be examined, by means of a written notice sent by registered mail at least 15 days before the date set for the meeting.
A candidate who wishes to present observations in person must inform the secretary in writing at least 10 days before the date set for the meeting. The candidate may also submit written observations to the secretary at any time before the date set for the meeting.
O.C. 717-2006, s. 9.
10. The decision of the committee under section 9 is final and must be sent to the candidate by registered mail within 30 days of the meeting date.
O.C. 717-2006, s. 10.
11. This Regulation replaces the Regulation respecting the standards for equivalence of diplomas or training for the issue of a permit by the Ordre des hygiénistes dentaires du Québec (O.C. 674-96, 96-06-05).
However, an application for a diploma or training equivalence must be decided on the basis of the replaced Regulation if the committee referred to in section 7 of that Regulation has sent a recommendation to the board of directors of the Order in respect of that application before 7 September 2006.
O.C. 717-2006, s. 11.
12. (Omitted).
O.C. 717-2006, s. 12.
REFERENCES
O.C. 717-2006, 2006 G.O. 2, 2939
S.Q. 2008, c. 11, s. 212