Internationally-Educated Applicants

Applying to become RAUDs, RHIPs, and RSLPs

CSHBC does not recognize any international education programs for the professions of audiology, hearing instrument dispensing, and speech-language pathology. But graduates of international 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.

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

Internationally-Educated Applicants to become RAUDs or RSLPs in BC who have met CSHBC’s 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 institution to CSHBC.

2. Credential Assessment

Arrange to have your master’s program transcripts assessed by World Educational Services (WES). See International Applicants (PDF). A basic assessment is acceptable.

3. Academic Course Outline or Syllabus

Upload your university course outline or syllabus, with the conversion rate from credits to hours, including a record of clinical hours, in the Applicant Portal.

4. Academic Coursework Requirements

To determine equivalency to Canadian academic requirements, upload a completed Academic Coursework Requirements form in the CSHBC Applicant Portal.

Complete and upload the applicable form:

5. 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.

6. English Language Proficiency

Arrange to have your English language proficiency scores sent directly to CSHBC. Applicants whose secondary and post-secondary education was provided in English are exempt from this requirement.

Applicants who are not exempted must meet the following minimum English language proficiency minimum scores from one of the approved tests:

Language

English

Acceptable tests

TOEFL internet Based Test (iBT)

IELTS (AC or GT)

Required minimum scores

Speaking: 26

Listening: 26

Reading: 22

Writing: 24

Speaking: 7.5

Listening: 8

Reading: 7.5

Writing: 7.5

Successful completion of one of the approved tests must be no more than two years before the date of application to CSHBC. 

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language proficiency requirements outlined above will be required to successfully meet the minimum standards before the application for registration can be submitted to the Registration Committee.

7. 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.

8. Eligibility to Work in Canada

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

  • Canadian Passport (photo and signature page)
  • Canadian Citizenship certificate or card (front and back)
  • Birth certificate from a Canadian province
  • Government-issued work permit or work visa
  • Permanent resident card (front and back)

9. 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:

  • Canadian Passport (photo and signature page)
  • Canadian Citizenship certificate or card (front and back)
  • Birth certificate from a Canadian province
  • Government-issued work permit or work visa
  • Permanent resident card (front and back)

10. 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.

11. SAC/OAC Examination

If you have proof of passing the SAC/OAC examination, you may apply for Active registration classification. Upload your proof of passing the SAC/OAC examination 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 examination. 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.  

12. Application 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.

13. 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, the Registration Committee will conduct a review of the application at the Committee’s next scheduled meeting. You will be notified if there is missing documentation. The sooner all of your required documentation is received by the College, the sooner the Registration Committee 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.

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

Internationally-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 for the profession 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.

2. Credential assessment

Arrange to have your hearing instrument dispensing program’s transcripts assessed by World Educational Services (WES). See International Applicants (PDF). A basic assessment is acceptable.

3. Academic course outline or syllabus

Upload your course outline or syllabus, with the conversion rate from credits to hours, including a record of clinical hours, in the Applicant Portal.

4. Practicum hours

Arrange to have your proof of clinical hours sent directly to CSHBC.

5. English language proficiency

Arrange to have your English language proficiency scores sent directly to CSHBC. Applicants whose secondary and post-secondary education was provided in English are exempt. 

Applicants who are not exempted must meet the following minimum English language proficiency minimum scores from one of the approved tests:

  • TOEFL (Internet-based (iBT)) – overall test score: 100
  • IELTS (Academic or General versions) – overall Exam Score: 8
  • CanTEST – each component score: 4.5

Successful completion of one of the approved tests must be no more than two years before the date of application to CSHBC. 

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language proficiency requirements outlined above will be required to successfully meet the minimum standards before the application for registration can be submitted to the Registration Committee.

6. 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 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 a HIP Intern is under general supervision. (See HIP Intern Practicum Requirements (PDF).

7. 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.

8. Eligibility to Work in Canada

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

  • Canadian Passport (photo and signature page)
  • Canadian Citizenship certificate or card (front and back)
  • Birth certificate from a Canadian province
  • Government-issued work permit or work visa
  • Permanent resident card (front and back)

9. 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:

  • Canadian Passport (photo and signature page)
  • Canadian Citizenship certificate or card (front and back)
  • Birth certificate from a Canadian province
  • Government-issued work permit or work visa
  • Permanent resident card (front and back)

10. 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 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 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 for 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 rest of the registration year.

Timelines

After you have submitted your application, the Registration Committee will conduct a review of the application at the Committee’s next scheduled meeting. You will be notified if there is missing documentation. The sooner all of your required documentation is received by the College, the sooner the Registration Committee 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.

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

The professions of audiology and hearing instrument dispensing are regulated separately in BC.  Internationally-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 a 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 the profession 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 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 (HIP program) requirements. See HIP Intern Examination Requirements (PDF).

You may arrange to take the IHS written examination at any time after you have completed your academic requirements. Complete your Summary of Clinical 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 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. 

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 for 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, the Registration Committee will conduct a review of the application at the Committee’s next scheduled meeting. You will be notified if there is missing documentation. The sooner all of your required documentation is received by the College, the sooner the Registration Committee 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

Address:
630 – 999 West Broadway
Vancouver BC V5Z 1K5

Phone: 604.568.1568
Email: enquiries@cshbc.ca