In BC, Registered Audiologists (RAUDs), Registered Hearing Instrument Practitioners (RHIPs), and Registered Speech-Language Pathologists (RSLPs) are health professionals recognized and regulated under BC’s (the “Act), Speech and Hearing Health Professionals Regulation, and CSHBC’s Bylaws.
Applicants for registration with CSHBC have completed post-secondary education and clinical practicums in relevant settings, and must meet CSHBC’s entry-to-practice level requirements.
RAUDs, RHIPs, and RSLPs are subject to:
- Requirements of the Health Professions Act and regulations made under the Act.
- CSHBC Bylaws, Standards of Practice, and Registrant Code of Ethics (PDF).
- CSHBC Clinical Policies.
- CSHBC Quality Assurance & Professional Practice program, which ensures ongoing professional practice currency and development.
In BC, only CSHBC registrants are permitted by law – according to section 3 of the Speech and Hearing Health Professionals Regulation – to refer to themselves by using one or more of the following professional titles: “audiologist”, “hearing instrument practitioner”, “speech-language pathologist”, or “speech therapist”.
Like all regulated health professionals, RAUD, RHIPs, and RSLPs are required to practice within their professional scopes of practice. For RAUD, RHIPs, and RSLPs, practicing within scope means providing services in accordance with the definition of “audiology”, “hearing instrument dispensing” and/or “speech-language pathology” in section 1 of the Speech and Hearing Health Professionals Regulation:
“audiology” means the health profession in which a person provides, for the purposes of promoting and maintaining communicative, auditory and vestibular health, the services of assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of
- auditory and related communication disorders and conditions, and
- peripheral and central auditory system dysfunction and related peripheral and central vestibular system dysfunction;
“hearing instrument dispensing” means the health profession in which a person provides the services of
- assessment of hearing using an audiometer, or other methods, to identify hearing loss, and
- recommending, selecting, preparing, altering, adapting, verifying, selling and offering to sell hearing instruments;
“speech-language pathology” means the health profession in which a person provides, for the purposes of promoting and maintaining communicative health, the services of assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of
- speech, language and related communication disorders and conditions, and
- vocal tract dysfunction, including related feeding and swallowing disorders;
For more information, see Scope of Practice.