Scope of Practice

The Speech and Hearing Health Professionals Regulation (the “Regulation”) outlines the scope of practice for all RAUDs, RHIPs, and RSLPs in BC.

“Scope of practice” refers to the activities that CSHBC registrants are educated and authorized to perform, as established through the legislated definitions of “audiology”, “hearing instrument dispensing”, and speech-language pathology” in section 1 of the 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

(a) auditory and related communication disorders and conditions, and

(b) 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

(a) assessment of hearing using an audiometer, or other methods, to identify hearing loss, and

(b) 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

(a) speech, language and related communication disorders and conditions, and

(b) vocal tract dysfunction, including related feeding and swallowing disorders;

The scope of practice for Registered Audiologists (RAUDs) involves the assessment, diagnosis, and intervention of audiological communication disorders, delays, and differences across the human lifespan. RAUDs provide services in public health and other government agencies, hospitals, and through private practice.

The scope of practice for Registered Hearing Instrument Practitioners (RHIPs) involves the assessment, intervention, and dispensing of hearing instruments for people 16 years and older who have hearing loss. RHIPs provide services through private practice.

The scope of practice for Registered Speech-Language Pathologists (RSLPs) involves the assessment, diagnosis, and intervention of speech communication disorders, delays, and differences across the human lifespan. RSLPs provide services in school districts, child development centres, public health and other government agencies, hospitals, and through private practice.

College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia

Address:
900 – 200 Granville St
Vancouver, BC, V6C 1S4

Phone: 604.742.6380
Toll-free: 1.888.742.6380
Email: enquiries@cshbc.ca