Registration renewal for the registration year from April 1, 2024, to March 31, 2025, has opened. Registrants who wish to maintain their professional status and licenses to practise as Registered Audiologists, Registered Hearing Instrument Practitioners, or Registered Speech-Language Pathologists in BC must renew their registration(s), and must do so in the CSHBC Registrant Portal by the deadline of March 31, 2024.
In addition, registrants with Certified Practice certificates expiring on March 31, 2024, must renew these certificates in the Registrant Portal by that deadline.
Registration renewal requirements
Before renewing, please ensure the following registration renewal requirements have been met well before the deadline:
- You hold valid professional liability insurance.
- You have completed the online learning courses for Jurisprudence and Client Consent (mandatory for all registrants registered with the College on or after April 1, 2023).
- Any outstanding fees and/or fines have been paid.
All of the above requirements must be met in order to be eligible to renew your registration for the 2024/2025 registration year.
If you are a Non-practising registrant wishing to renew as a Full registrant, there may be additional requirements for you to meet before your status can be granted (for example, providing updated information documentation such as proof that you meet the CSHBC Quality Assurance & Professional Practice (QAPP) requirements, verification of registration from another regulator, and updated proof of your eligibility to work in Canada).
Advise CSHBC if you do not intend to practise in 2024/2025
If you do not intend to practise after March 31, 2024, in the 2024/2025 registration year, please advise CSHBC at [email protected].
Renew your registration as soon as possible
You are strongly encouraged to renew your registration as soon as possible after the beginning of the registration renewal period in late January 2024.
Important: Although the registration renewal deadline is at midnight on March 31, 2024, this is the Sunday of Easter weekend. The CSHBC office will close at 5:00 pm on March 28, 2024. As such, if you leave your renewal until after this time, CSHBC staff will not be available to assist you if you encounter problems. Therefore, we strongly encourage all registrants to complete their renewal well in advance of the deadline. No special allowances will be granted to registrants who attempt but do not complete their renewal after the closure of the CSHBC office on March 28, 2024.
As mentioned above under Registration renewal requirements, if you are a Non-practising registrant wishing to renew as a Full registrant, there may be additional requirements for you to meet before your status can be granted. Therefore, CSHBC strongly recommends starting the renewal process early – by March 1, 2024, at the latest – if you intend to request a status change.
Consequences of not renewing your registration by March 31, 2024
A registrant who does not renew their registration with CSHBC by the deadline of March 31, 2024, will have their registration cancelled automatically, regardless of the reason they failed to renew. Once a person’s registration is cancelled, the person becomes a former registrant and is not legally entitled to practise or use a reserved title in BC as of April 1, 2024.
Registration reinstatement: April 1-30, 2024
Registrants who intend to practise in the 2024/2025 registration year but who have not renewed their registration by March 31, 2024, must apply for reinstatement. Applications for reinstatement will be accepted between April 1 and April 30, 2024. During the reinstatement application period, you cannot practice or use a reserved title until your application has been approved. Applications for reinstatement received after midnight on April 30, 2024, will not be accepted.
Reinstatement applicants must pay a reinstatement fee of $500 per registration, in addition to regular renewal fees.
Unlawful practice & unlawful use of reserved titles
Practising, or using any of the reserved titles set out under the Speech and Hearing Health Professionals Regulation, after March 31, 2024, without renewing your registration(s), will be in contravention of the Health Professions Act and constitute unlawful practice and/or unlawful use of a reserved title.
The College actively enforces against unlawful practice and unlawful use of a reserved title as part of its legislated public protection mandate. The College may take legal action against anyone who engages in unlawful practice or unlawful use of a reserved title.
Read the October 12, 2023 Notice to the Professions on 10 serious consequences if your license to practice is cancelled and you become a former registrant.
Certified Practice (CP) certificate renewal
Registrants must also renew any Certified Practice certificates expiring on March 31, 2024 by that date, and should do so through the Registrant Portal. Renewal for CP certificates expiring March 31, 2024, has opened.
Renewal of CP certificates is contingent on:
- holding Full registration classification
- making the required declarations, including declaring continued provision of the services authorized by the certificate
- completing and reporting a minimum of four (4) Continuing Competency Credits (CCCs) as relevant to the area of practice pertaining to that certificate.
Registrants who do not renew their expiring CP certificate(s) by March 31, 2024, must cease engaging in the relevant certified practice(s); continuing to perform these activities would constitute unlawful practice, subject to legal action by CSHBC. In addition, such registrants must not indicate that they hold certificates that have expired.
CP certificate reinstatement: April 1-30, 2024
Registrants who do not renew their expiring CP certificate(s) by March 31, 2024, may apply to reinstate CP certificates. Applications for CP certificate reinstatement will be accepted between April 1 and April 30, 2024. Registrants must pay a reinstatement fee of $50 per certificate.
During the reinstatement application period, registrants are not legally entitled to perform the relevant activity(ies) in BC until they receive notification from CSHBC that their application has been approved. Applications for CP certificate reinstatement received more than 30 days after the certificate was cancelled will not be accepted. After more than 30 days, registrants must re-apply for the relevant CP certificate under section 91 of the CSHBC Bylaws.
Update contact information in the Registrant Portal
Before renewing registration or CP certificates, please review your contact information in the Registrant Portal and make any necessary updates. It is the registrants’ responsibility to maintain up-to-date contact information to ensure that CSHBC sends emails to the correct addresses.
For more information
See the CSHBC Registration & Certified Practice Certificate Renewal policy (PDF) for information regarding renewal requirements, and the consequences of not meeting these.
Questions about registration & certified practice certificate renewal
CSHBC receives a high volume of information requests about registration and certified practice certificate renewal. Please review the information on this page, and documents linked to it, before contacting the College.