Canadian-Educated Applicants

Recognition, accreditation, and approval of Canadian education programs

CSHBC recognizes Canadian education programs that meet entry-to-practice standards for the professions of audiology, hearing instrument dispensing, and speech-language pathology in BC.

The Council for Accreditation of Canadian University Programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology/Le Conseil d’agrément des programmes universitaires canadiens en audiologie et orthophonie (CACUP-ASLP/CAPUC-AO) is responsible for accrediting programs in audiology and speech-language pathology in Canada. CACUP-ASLP includes representatives from Speech-Language & Audiology Canada/Orthophonie et Audiologie Canada (SAC/OAC), regulators, and university faculty.

In BC, audiology, hearing instrument dispensing, and speech-language pathology programs require approval from BC’s Ministry of Advanced Education. The lists of approved Canadian programs for the three professions are set out in Approved Education Programs (PDF).

Applying to become RAUDs, RHIPs, and RSLPs

Graduates of recognized Canadian education programs can apply to become Registered Audiologists (RAUDs), Registered Hearing Instrument Practitioners (RHIPs), or Registered Speech-Language Pathologists (RSLPs) in BC, and may begin practice when they have met CSHBC’s entry-to-practice requirements and been granted registration.

To apply, create an account in the CSHBC Applicant Portal, log in to the portal, follow the prompts for choosing a pathway, and follow the steps for each pathway outlined below.

Canadian-Educated Applicants – Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology Professions

Canadian-educated applicants to become RAUDs or RSLPs in BC who have met CSHBC entry-to-practice requirements are granted Active registration after passing the Speech-Language & Audiology Canada/Orthophonie et Audiologie Canada (SAC/OAC) examination or Conditional Active registration if they have not yet passed the SAC/OAC exam. To complete your Active or Conditional Active registration application for entry-level practice in audiology or speech-language pathology, have the documents listed below ready, and apply through the Applicant Portal, which provides step-by-step instructions.

1. Transcripts

After your master’s degree has been conferred, arrange to have your official master’s program transcripts sent directly from the university to CSHBC. If your master’s degree has not yet been conferred, arrange to have a Letter of Completion, signed by the Dean, sent directly from the university to CSHBC. 

2. Clinical hours

Complete the applicable form to document proof of clinical hours (minimum of 350 hours):

Each form requires a signature from the Program Director where the clinical hours were completed. The College does not accept photocopies of this form, and must receive the form with the Program Director’s original signature.

Arrange for your academic institution to send the completed and signed form directly to CSHBC at registration@cshbc.ca or by mail.

3. Reference letters

Applicants must provide two character references from individuals who have known you for at least two years, and who are not family members, classmates, or friends, or stand to benefit from your application, and who can attest to your values, morals, and conduct. 

Log in to the Applicant Portal and provide the required information about your referees, including an email address for each. Each referee must submit a letter of reference directly to the College at registration@cshbc.ca or by mail. Letters of reference may be attached to an email; however, letters must include an original signature and contact information.

4. Proof of eligibility to work in Canada

Upload a copy of one of the following documents in the Applicant Portal:

5. Criminal Record Check

Under BC’s Criminal Records Review Act, all RAUDs and RSLPs must complete a criminal record check when they first become registered with the College and every five years thereafter.

Fill out the Consent to Criminal Record Check(s) form in the Applicant Portal, download the form that requires a signature, and upload the signed form. CSHBC will then communicate the required information to the BC Government’s Criminal Records Review Program to ensure that your check is carried out. Once you have provided CSHBC with your signed consent form, all future checks will be conducted automatically.

Upload a copy of two of the following documents in the Applicant Portal:

6. Professional liability insurance 

Upload the pages of your professional liability insurance policy that show the amount of coverage (which must be at least $2,000,000) and the dates you are covered.  Ensure your name is on the pages you upload.

Employers such as health authorities, school districts, and other government agencies typically have this type of insurance. Check with other employers if you are covered, and if not, arrange for this insurance and submit proof to CSHBC.

Applicants granted Conditional Active registration classification cannot practice as a solo private practitioner.

7. SAC/OAC examination

Proof of passing the SAC/OAC examination is needed to apply for Active registration classification. Upload your proof of passing the SAC/OAC exam or arrange to have your proof of passing sent directly from SAC/OAC to CSHBC.

If you do not have proof of passing the SAC/OAC examination, you must apply for Conditional Active registration classification and practice under general supervisions until you have passed the exam. Applicants for Conditional Active registration classification must secure a practice supervisor (who must be a CSHBC registrant of the same profession) and enter their supervisor’s registrant details in the Applicant Portal. Applicants for Conditional Active registration are required to contact SAC/OAC to register for the examination, which is held in the Spring and Fall annually.  

8. Application fee and Criminal Record Check fees

The following fees are payable at application for registration:

  • Application for registration fee: $225
  • Criminal Record Check fee: $28

Pay by credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or debit card (Visa) in the Applicant Portal.

9. Registration fee

Upon approval of your application for registration, the following fee is payable:

  • Initial registration fee: $600

Pay by credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or debit card (Visa) in the Applicant Portal.

If you register part way through the registration year (April 1 – March 31), the registration fee is pro-rated quarterly for the remaining months of the registration year.

Timelines

After you have submitted your application, staff will conduct an initial review of the application. If satisfactory, your application will be submitted to the Registrar for final approval. You will be notified if there is missing documentation. The sooner all of your required documentation is received by CSHBC, the sooner the College can process your application.

After submitting your application, please do not call or email CSHBC to inquire about the status of your application. The College handles a large volume of applications, and processes them as quickly as possible. Responding to calls and emails inquiring about application status slows the process. If, however, you have questions prior to submitting your application that cannot be answered on the website or in the Applicant Portal, please contact CSHBC.

Canadian-Educated Applicants – Hearing Instrument Dispensing Profession (RHIP only)

Canadian-educated applicants to become registered hearing instrument practitioners (RHIPs) in BC must first practice as a HIP Intern, under the supervision of a HIP Practicum Supervisor (who must be a RHIP in BC). 

Approved HIP Interns may begin solo practice when they have met CSHBC’s entry-to-practice requirements and been granted Active registration (completed their practicum and passed the IHS written and CSHBC practical examinations). To complete your HIP Intern application for entry-level practice of hearing instrument dispensing, have the documents listed below ready, and apply through the Applicant Portal, which provides step-by-step instructions.

Becoming a HIP Intern

1. Transcripts

After your credential has been awarded, arrange to have your hearing instrument dispensing program’s official transcripts sent directly from the institution to CSHBC. If your diploma has not yet been awarded, arrange to have a Letter of Completion, signed by the Dean, sent directly from the institution to CSHBC.

2. HIP Practicum Supervisor

Secure a HIP practicum supervisor for your practicum, and own or have access to the minimum equipment necessary for the practice of the profession. (See section 82(2)(b)(i) of the CSHBC Bylaws.) To qualify as a HIP practicum supervisor, the individual must:

  1. Be a CSHBC registrant as an RHIP, and be in Active practice in BC with a minimum of two years’ experience. See HIP Intern Practicum Requirements (PDF). 
  2. Supervise no more than two HIP Interns concurrently.
  3. Provide the necessary clinical setting to students if supervisors are to sign off on the Summary of Clinical Hours (HIP program) objectives. 

HIP practicum supervisors and HIP Interns must be located at the same place of business, except where the HIP Intern is under general supervision. See HIP Intern Practicum Requirements (PDF).

3. Reference letters

Applicants must provide two character references from individuals who have known you for at least two years, and who are not family members, classmates, or friends, or stand to benefit from your application, and who can attest to your values, morals, and conduct. 

Log in to the Applicant Portal and provide the required information about your referees, including an email address for each. Each referee must submit a letter of reference directly to the College at registration@cshbc.ca or by mail. Letters of reference may be attached to an email; however, letters must include an original signature and contact information.

4. Proof of eligibility to work in Canada

Upload a copy of one of the following documents in the Applicant Portal:

5. Criminal Record Check

Under BC’s Criminal Records Review Act, all RHIPs must complete a criminal record check when they first become registered with the College and every five years thereafter.

Fill out the Consent to Criminal Record Check(s) form in the Applicant Portal, download the form that requires a signature, and upload the signed form. CSHBC will then communicate the required information to the BC government’s Criminal Records Review Program to ensure that your check is carried out.  Once you have provided CSHBC with your signed consent form, all future checks will be conducted automatically.

Upload a copy of two of the following documents in the Applicant Portal:

6. Application and Criminal Record Check Fees

The following fees are payable at application for HIP Intern approval:

  • HIP Intern application fee: $225
  • Criminal Record Check fee: $28

Pay by credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or debit card (Visa) in the Applicant Portal.

Becoming an RHIP

1. Summary of Clinical Practice Hours

Once approved as a HIP Intern, you will be informed of your Summary of Clinical Hours (HIP program) requirements, including the number of accrued practicum hours required before you are eligible to sit for the CSHBC practical examinations. See HIP Intern Examination Requirements (PDF). Complete your Summary of Clinical Practice Hours (HIP program) (PDF) and upload the completed form in the Applicant Portal.

2. International Hearing Society (IHS) written examination

Once approved as a HIP Intern, you may sit for the International Hearing Society (IHS) written examination. IHS will contact you directly to provide instructions about your examination booking.

IHS written examination results are sent directly to the College after at least 10 business days, and the College will provide you with notice of your results shortly thereafter. 

3. CSHBC HIP Practical Examination

Upon successful completion of the Summary of Clinical Hours (HIP program) and proof of passing the IHS written examination, you will be eligible to take the CSHBC practical examination, which is held in the Spring and Fall annually. 

4. CSHBC HIP Practical Examination fee

After you have been determined eligible to take the CSHBC HIP Practical Examination, the College will contact you directly to provide instructions about your examination booking. At that time, the following fee is payable:

  • CSHBC practical examination fee: $350

Pay by credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or debit card (Visa) in the Applicant Portal. 

5. Professional Liability Insurance

Upload the pages of your professional liability insurance policy that show the amount of coverage (which must be at least $2,000,000) and the dates you are covered. Ensure your name is on the pages you upload.

Employers such as health authorities, school districts, and other government agencies typically have this type of insurance. Check with other employers if you are covered, and if not, arrange for this insurance and submit proof to CSHBC.

6. Registration fee

Upon successful completion of your Summary of Clinical Hours (HIP program) and proof of passing both the written and practical examinations, you will be issued an Active Certificate of registration. At that time, the following fee is payable:

  • Initial registration fee: $600

Pay by credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or debit card (Visa) in the Applicant Portal. 

If you register part way through the registration year (April 1 – March 31), the registration fee is pro-rated quarterly for the remaining months of the registration year.

Timelines

After you have submitted your application, staff will conduct an initial review of the application. If satisfactory, your application will be submitted to the Registrar for final approval. You will be notified if there is missing documentation. The sooner all of your required documentation is received by CSHBC, the sooner the College can process your application.

After submitting your application, please do not call or email CSHBC to inquire about the status of your application. The College handles a large volume of applications, and processes them as quickly as possible. Responding to calls and emails inquiring about application status slows the process. If, however, you have questions prior to submitting your application that cannot be answered on the website or in the Applicant Portal, please contact CSHBC.

Canadian-Educated Applicants – Hearing Instrument Dispensing Profession (Dual RAUD, RHIP)

The professions of audiology and hearing instrument dispensing are regulated separately in BC. Canadian-educated applicants to become RHIPs in BC, who are also applying for, or been granted, Active or Conditional Active registration for the Audiology profession, must first begin practice as a HIP Intern, under the supervision of a HIP Practicum Supervisor (who must be an RHIP in BC). 

Approved HIP Interns who are also applying for, or been granted, Active or Conditional Active registration for the Audiology profession may begin solo practice when they have met CSHBC’s entry-to-practice requirements and been granted Active registration (after passing the IHS written and CSHBC practical examinations). To complete your HIP Intern application for entry-level practice for of hearing instrument dispensing, have the documents listed below ready, and apply through the Applicant Portal, which provides step-by-step instructions.

1. HIP Practicum Supervisor

Secure a supervisor for your practicum, and own or have access to the minimum equipment necessary for the practice of the profession. (See section 82(2)(b)(i) of the CSHBC Bylaws.) To qualify as a HIP practicum supervisor, the individual must:

  1. Be a CSHBC registrant as an RHIP, and in Active practice in BC with a minimum of two years’ experience. See HIP Intern Practicum Requirements (PDF). 
  2. Supervise no more than two HIP Interns concurrently.
  3. Provide the necessary clinical setting to students if supervisors are to sign off on the Summary of Clinical Practice Hours (HIP program) objectives. 

HIP practicum supervisors and HIP Interns must be located at the same place of business, with the exception of supervision under general supervision. See HIP Intern Practicum Requirements (PDF).

2. Summary of Clinical Hours

Once approved as a HIP Intern, you will be informed of your Summary of Clinical Hours requirements. See HIP Intern Examination Requirements (PDF).

You may arrange to sit for the IHS written examination at any time after you have completed your academic requirements. Complete your Summary of Clinical Practice Hours (HIP program) (PDF) and upload the completed form in the Applicant Portal.

3. International Hearing Society (IHS) written examination

If you already have proof of passing the IHS written examination, and have submitted your completed Summary of Clinical Hours (HIP program), arrange with CSHBC to take the next HIP practical examination. 

If you do not have proof of passing the IHS written examination, arrange with IHS to take the examination. With your consent, your results will be provided to CSHBC.

4. CSHBC HIP Practical Examination

Upon successful completion of the Summary of Clinical Hours (HIP program) and proof of passing the IHS written examination, you will be eligible to take the CSHBC practical examination. HIP Interns are required to contact CSHBC to register for the practical examination, which is held in the Spring and Fall annually.  

5. CSHBC practical examination fee

Upon successful completion of your Summary of Clinical Hours (HIP program) and proof of passing the written examination, you will be eligible to take the CSHBC practical examination. At that time, the following fee is payable:

  • CSHBC practical examination fee: $350

Pay by credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or debit card (Visa) in the Applicant Portal. 

6. Professional Liability Insurance

Upload the pages of your professional liability insurance policy that show the amount of coverage (which must be at least $2,000,000) and the dates you are covered. Ensure your name is on the pages you upload.

Employers such as health authorities, school districts, and other government agencies typically have this type of insurance. Check with other employers if you are covered, and if not, arrange for this insurance and submit proof to CSHBC.

Upon successful completion of your Summary of Clinical Hours (HIP program) and proof of passing both the written and practical examinations, you will be issued an Active (RHIP) Certificate of registration. No additional registration fee is payable.

Timelines

After you have submitted your application, staff will conduct an initial review of the application. If satisfactory, your application will be submitted to the Registrar for final approval. You will be notified if there is missing documentation. The sooner all of your required documentation is received by CSHBC, the sooner the College can process your application.

After submitting your application, please do not call or email CSHBC to inquire about the status of your application. The College handles a large volume of applications, and processes them as quickly as possible. Responding to calls and emails inquiring about application status slows the process. If, however, you have questions prior to submitting your application that cannot be answered on the website or in the Applicant Portal, please contact CSHBC.

College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia

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Phone: 604.742.6380
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Email: enquiries@cshbc.ca