In order to be recognized as a dental hygienist in Israel, one must be licensed by Misrad HaBriut (Ministry of Health). In order to obtain a license you must:
- Meet the educational requirements of Misrad HaBriut.
- Pass the licensing examination.
The following documents must be sent in to Misrad HaBriut:
- Two passport pictures.
- A copy of your Teudat Zehut (identity card), including the Sefach (addendum) listing your address or, if you are a tourist you may submit a photocopy of your passport with a valid residents’ visa.
- Final diploma or confirmation of completion of studies from a recognized university indicating that you have fulfilled all of the university’s requirements and are eligible for a diploma as a dental hygienist, which will be granted on a specified date – requires verification* (see below).
- Official confirmation indicating the start and end date of studies – requires verification* (see below).
- Official certifications of work experience from the relevant medical institutions indicating the start and end date of work at each institution – requires verification* (see below).
- Valid hygienist’s license. If you do not have a license, please attach an explanatory letter indicating why you do not have a license – requires verification* (see below).
- A letter of good standing from the relevant authorities in your state or country proving that you never received complaints about discipline, negligence, or professional ethics.
- An application form – Medical Licensing – Questionnaire. Please make sure to have your name written also in its Hebrew transliteration. In addition, you must provide an ISRAELI address and cell phone# (can be of friends/family).
- An application requesting to be tested in the relevant field.
- If you intend to take the licensing exam as a tourist, please make sure to submit this affidavit.
*For the documents that require verification, you have 3 verification options.
- Verified with an apostille after having the original document notarized (recommended).
- Bring it to an ISRAELI notary and have them notarize it.
- A verified copy (אימות העתק, Imut He’etek) at the Israeli consulate.
All documents must be submitted in two copies. You must submit the verified copy plus an additional photocopy of the original document. Always keep the originals for yourself, as well as a photocopy of the verified document.
Local Misrad Habriut offices are no longer open. All applicants should submit all of their licensing documentation to Misrad Habriut via registered mail to: Licensing Department, Ministry of Health, Yermiyahu 39, Jerusalem, 9446724.
Note: Only after the documents are approved by the licensing department will your file be transferred to the dental division. The dental division is responsible for the testing of dental hygienists.
Misrad Habriut now offers a customer call center to answer questions about licensing for health care professionals. Call *5400 from Israel or 972-8-6241010 from abroad. The center operates Sunday through Thursday, 8am-6pm, and Fridays from 8am-1pm, Israel time.
The dental hygienist’s exam is given twice a year. If at least five English-speaking Olim are taking the exam at a given time (which is rarely the case), the exam may be translated into English. Otherwise, the test will be administered in Hebrew, but Olim are permitted to bring a dictionary and will receive extra time. In addition, one of the proctors for the exam is usually able to help translate a question, if needed.
The dates of the exam are listed on the Misrad Habriut site.
Misrad HaKlita Reimbursement
Misrad Haklita offers a reimbursement (up to 500 NIS) for Olim who took the governmental licensing exam. Your eligibility lasts for 10 years from your date of Aliyah. The reimbursement is ONLY given retroactively and will be paid back ONLY after submitting the receipt for your exam to your local Misrad Haklita office. Please contact your local Misrad Haklita office for more information.
Please note: One can work as a dental assistant without a license, but not as a dental hygienist. All paperwork may be submitted pre-Aliyah, but the license will only approved once you make Aliyah.
Please note: If you, unfortunately, didn’t pass the exam and think that you have reason to submit an appeal, please follow the instructions delineated here – https://www.gov.il/he/Departments/General/medical-professions-licensing-arar
For further information, please contact the Dental Department at Misrad HaBriut:
Note: You must sign up with Eti in order to take the test.
Or visit Misrad HaBriut’s website.