Who we are

The College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia (CSHBC) is a health regulatory body that exercises authority delegated by the provincial government through BC’s Health Professions Act (the “Act”).

As mandated by the Act, CSHBC regulates three professions – audiology, hearing instrument dispensing, and speech-language pathology – in the public interest to ensure that Registered Audiologists (RAUDs), Registered Hearing Instrument Practitioners (RHIPs), and Registered Speech-Language Pathologists (RSLPs) in BC deliver safe, ethical, and effective care.

BC is one of nine provinces in Canada that have statutory regulation of audiology and speech-language pathology (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland & Labrador) and one of seven provinces that have instituted statutory regulation (or quasi regulation) of hearing instrument dispensing (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland & Labrador). BC is currently the only jurisdiction in Canada to regulate audiology and hearing instrument dispensing as separate professions.

What we do

CSHBC’s core function is to protect the public by overseeing the conduct and competence of its registrants.

CSHBC’s regulatory responsibilities include:

Despite the word “College” in its name, CSHBC is not an educational institution and does not teach courses.

For more information about CSHBC’s role as a regulator, see Our Regulatory Role.

How we operate

CSHBC is governed by a Board made up of both elected registrants and government-appointed public representatives. There are also four statutory committees and five advisory committees that support CSHBC’s mandate in specific areas.

The College is a member of BC Health Regulators, a group of 21 health regulatory colleges constituted under the Health Professions Act and the Social Workers Act. The colleges, which have a shared mandate to ensure regulated health care providers deliver qualified, safe, and ethical care, meet regularly to share information and work collaboratively on improving regulation and regulatory practice across our organizations.

Strategic Plan 2023-2026

For more information about what CSHBC does, and how and why we do what we do, see Strategic Plan 2023-2026.

College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia

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

Phone: 604.742.6380
Toll-free: 1.888.742.6380
Email: [email protected]