Canadian-Educated Applicants

Changes to format of application documentation due to COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CSHBC Registration Committee has authorized temporary changes to the format in which applicants may submit application documentation. See the CSHBC news story on the format changes.

Recognition, accreditation, and approval of Canadian education programs

CSHBC recognizes Canadian education programs that meet entry-to-practice standards for the professions of audiology, hearing instrument dispensing, and speech-language pathology in BC.

The Council for Accreditation of Canadian University Programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CACUP-ASLP) is responsible for accrediting programs in audiology and speech-language pathology in Canada. CACUP-ASLP includes representatives from Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC), regulators, and university faculty.

In BC, audiology, hearing instrument dispensing, and speech-language pathology programs require approval from BC’s Ministry of Advanced Education. The lists of approved Canadian programs for the three professions are set out in Schedule C of the CSHBC Bylaws.

Applying to become RAUDs, RHIPs, and RSLPs

Graduates of recognized Canadian 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.

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

Canadian-educated applicants to become RAUDs or RSLPs in BC who have met CSHBC entry-to-practice requirements are granted Full registration after passing the entry-to-practice examination approved by the CSHBC Registration Committee, or Conditional registration if they have not yet passed that examination. To complete your Full or Conditional registration application for entry-level practice in audiology or speech-language pathology, have the information and documents listed below ready, and apply through the Applicant Portal, which provides step-by-step instructions.

After your master’s degree has been conferred, arrange to have your official master’s program transcripts sent directly from the university to CSHBC. If your master’s degree has not yet been conferred, arrange to have a Letter of Completion, signed by the Dean, sent directly from the university to CSHBC.

Provide the applicable form to confirm you have completed your required clinical practicum hours (minimum of 350 hours):

Each form requires an original signature from the Program Director where the clinical hours were completed.

Arrange for your academic institution to send the completed and signed form directly to CSHBC at registration@cshbc.ca or by mail.

To be eligible for registration with CSHBC you must have, in the three years immediately preceding the date you submit your application for registration:

If you have not graduated from a CSHBC-recognized academic program or practised a minimum of 750 hours in the last three years, your application will need to be reviewed by the CSHBC Registration Committee to confirm if your knowledge, skills, and abilities meet CSHBC’s registration requirements.

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. These references must be dated within 60 days of your application to CSHBC.  

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.

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

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.

Download the Consent to Criminal Record Check form (PDF) (also available for download in the Applicant Portal), fill out the form, sign it, and upload the signed form in the Applicant Portal. CSHBC will then communicate the required information to the BC Government’s Criminal Records Review Program to ensure that your check is carried out.

Also upload a copy of two of the following documents in the Applicant Portal:

See Criminal Record Check for Applicants for more information.

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 the Conditional registration classification cannot practise as a solo private practitioner.

Proof of passing an entry-to-practice examination approved by the Registration Committee is required before CSHBC can grant Full registration. The examinations currently approved by CSHBC for registration as an RAUD or RSLP are:

  • The Praxis Examinations for audiology (Praxis exam 5343) and speech-language pathology (Praxis exam 5331), administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS); and
  • The Speech-language Audiology Canada (SAC) Examination. The SAC Exam was retired in March 2020; however, CSHBC will accept results from past sittings of this exam.

You must arrange to have your proof of passing sent directly from the examination administrator to CSHBC. Alternatively, you may have another regulatory body for speech and hearing health professionals send CSHBC your examination results, as long as that regulatory body received these results directly from the examination administrator.

If you do not have proof of passing one of the above-mentioned examinations, you must apply for the Conditional registration classification and practice under general supervision until you have passed an approved examination. Applicants for Conditional registration classification must secure a practice supervisor, who must be a Full CSHBC registrant of the same profession. You will be asked to provide your supervisor’s registrant details as part of the online application process in the Applicant Portal.

For further information regarding current examination requirements, including how to register for the Praxis Exams, please review Entry-to-Practice Examination Requirements (PDF), and the CSHBC news story on entry-to-practice exams.

If you are, or have been, regulated as a health professional by any other regulatory body, you must provide a letter or certificate dated within 60 days of the date of your application from each relevant regulatory body. This must specify details of any cancellation, suspension, limitation, or conditions on your entitlement to practise, and any investigation, review, or proceeding that could lead to one of these outcomes.

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.

Upon approval of your application for registration, the following fee is payable:

  • Initial registration fee: $750

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.

After you have submitted your application, staff will conduct an initial review of the application. The sooner all of your required documentation is received by CSHBC, the sooner the College can process your application. If satisfactory, your application will be submitted to the Registrar for final approval. You will be notified if CSHBC requires further information for your application, or if your application will require consideration by the Registration Committee. See Non-standard Applications & Registration Committee Review for more information about the Registration Committee process.

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.

Please note that if you fail to meet the requirements for registration within two years of submitting your application, your application will expire and you will need to submit a new application should you wish to continue to pursue registration with CSHBC.

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

Canadian-educated applicants to become registered hearing instrument practitioners (RHIPs) in BC must first practise as a HIP Intern, under the supervision of a HIP Practicum Supervisor (who must be a RHIP in BC), in order to meet the HIP Intern Practicum Requirements.

To complete your HIP Intern application for entry-level practice of hearing instrument dispensing, have the information and documents listed below ready, and apply through the Applicant Portal, which provides step-by-step instructions.

Becoming a HIP Intern

After your credential has been awarded, arrange to have your hearing instrument dispensing program’s official transcripts sent directly from the institution to CSHBC. If your diploma has not yet been awarded, arrange to have a Letter of Completion, signed by the Dean, sent directly from the institution to CSHBC.

Secure a HIP practicum supervisor for your practicum, and own or have access to the minimum equipment necessary for the practice of the profession. To qualify as a HIP practicum supervisor, the individual must:

  1. Be a Full RHIP registrant who is currently practising in BC, with a minimum of two years’ experience as a Full registrant in BC or elsewhere. See the CSHBC HIP Intern Practicum Requirements (PDF) policy for more information.
  2. Provide a training setting that allows for practical experience with the relevant client population.

HIP practicum supervisors and HIP Interns must be located at the same place of business, except where the HIP Intern is under general supervision. See the CSHBC HIP Intern Practicum Requirements (PDF) policy for more information.

You must have your HIP practicum supervisor approved by CSHBC. To propose your supervisor, you and your supervisor must complete the Proposed HIP Intern Practicum Supervisor form. If at any time you wish to request to change your supervisor, you must submit a new form.

To be eligible for registration with CSHBC you must have, in the three years immediately preceding the date you submit your application for registration:

If you have not graduated from a CSHBC-recognized academic program or practised a minimum of 750 hours in the last three years, your application will need to be reviewed by the CSHBC Registration Committee to confirm if your knowledge, skills, and abilities meet CSHBC’s registration requirements.

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. These references must be dated within 60 days of your application to CSHBC.  

Log in to the Applicant Portal and provide the required information about your references, including an email address for each. The individuals providing your references must each submit a letter of reference directly to the College at registration@cshbc.ca or by mail. All letters of reference must include an original signature and contact information.

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

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.

Download the Consent to Criminal Record Check form (PDF) (also available for download in the Applicant Portal), fill out the form, sign it, and upload the signed form in the Applicant Portal. CSHBC will then communicate the required information to the BC government’s Criminal Records Review Program to ensure that your check is carried out. 

Also upload a copy of two of the following documents in the Applicant Portal:

See Criminal Record Check for Applicants for more information.

If you are, or have been, regulated as a health professional by any other regulatory body, you must provide a letter or certificate dated within 60 days of the date of your application from each relevant regulatory body. This must specify details of any cancellation, suspension, limitation, or conditions on your entitlement to practise, and any investigation, review, or proceeding that could lead to one of these outcomes.

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 a Conditional RHIP Registrant

Once you have successfully completed your HIP Intern practicum, you may be eligible for Conditional RHIP registration under section 87(1) of the CSHBC Bylaws. Unlike HIP Interns, Conditional RHIPs are registrants of CSHBC. Conditional RHIP registrants:

  • May hold their conditional registration status for up to 2 years, during which they may attempt the entry-to-practice examinations up to 3 times.
  • Must practice under the general supervision of a Full registrant RHIP.
  • May use the reserved title “RHIP (Conditional)”

If you believe you are eligible for Conditional RHIP registration, please contact enquiries@cshbc.ca. CSHBC will then review your file and advise what additional requirements need to be met before we can grant you this status. This will include providing updated documentation and payment of the $750 registration fee. 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. The registration fee does not apply if you are already a Full or Conditional registrant of the College in another profession.

Becoming an RHIP

Complete your Summary of Clinical Practicum Hours (HIP program) form (PDF) with your supervisor and upload the completed form in the Applicant Portal.

The International Licensing Examination (ILE), a written examination administered by the International Hearing Society (IHS), is one of the two examinations required for registration as an RHIP with CSHBC. If you have already passed the ILE Written Exam, please advise CSHBC at the time of applying. You will need to have the IHS provide proof of this directly to CSHBC.

Otherwise, once approved as a HIP Intern, you may sit for the ILE Written Exam, (See the CSHBC HID Practical Examination section below for information about the second required examination). CSHBC provides your details to IHS and they will contact you directly to provide instructions about your examination booking, including payment for the examination. ILE Written Exam 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. For more information about the ILE Written Exam, visit the IHS website

For further information regarding CSHBC’s current examination requirements, please review Entry-to-Practice Examination Requirements (PDF).

Upon successful completion of the Summary of Clinical Practicum Hours (HIP Program) form (PDF) and proof of passing the ILE Written Exam, you will be eligible to take the CSHBC Hearing Instrument Dispensing (HID) Practical Examination, typically held in the Spring and Fall annually. When examination dates are scheduled, CSHBC will contact eligible candidates directly to provide details about examination registration. See the CSHBC video about the HID Practical Exam for more information.

Upcoming dates and deadlines for the HID Practical Exam are as follows:

Exam SessionExam DatesDeadline to register for the exam
SpringMay 1 or 2, 2021April 2, 2021
FallNovember 13 or 14, 2021October 15, 2021

CSHBC determines the scheduling for each examination session. Scheduling depends on a number of factors, including potential conflicts between examiners and candidates. While you may indicate your preference for one of the two days within an examination session, the College cannot guarantee that this preference can be honoured. You should therefore ensure you are available both days within the relevant exam session.

For further information regarding CSHBC’s current examination requirements, please review Entry-to-Practice Examination Requirements (PDF).

After you have been determined eligible to take the CSHBC HID Practical Examination, the College will contact you directly to provide instructions about your examination booking. At that time, the following fee is payable:

  • CSHBC HID Practical Examination fee: $450

Pay by credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or debit card (Visa) in the Applicant Portal.

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.

Upon successful completion of your Summary of Clinical Hours (HIP program) and proof of passing both the ILE Written and the CSHBC HID Practical Exam, you may be eligible for Full registration. However, before Full registration can be granted, will need to pay the registration fee, and may need to provide updated documentation. CSHBC will advise you directly of any documentation requirements.

The registration fee is $750, and payable 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. If you have another Conditional or Full registration with CSHBC then you will be exempted from the RHIP registration fee.

After you have submitted your application, staff will conduct an initial review of the application. The sooner all of your required documentation is received by CSHBC, the sooner the College can process your application. If satisfactory, your application will be submitted to the Registrar for final approval. You will be notified if CSHBC requires further information for your application, or if your application will require consideration by the Registration Committee. See Non-standard Applications & Registration Committee Review for more information about the Registration Committee process.

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.

Please note that if you fail to meet the requirements for registration within two years of submitting your application, your application will expire and you will need to submit a new application should you wish to continue to pursue registration with CSHBC.

Video: Applying to become an RHIP

For more information about becoming an RHIP, watch the following video. Please note that the video was produced before the COVID-19 pandemic. For information on the COVID-19 protocol for upcoming sittings of the Practical Examination for hearing instrument dispensing applicants, and other updates on the ILE written and CSHBC practical exams, see the CSHBC news story: Updates on examinations for audiology, hearing instrument dispensing, and speech-language pathology applicants. 

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

The professions of audiology and hearing instrument dispensing are regulated separately in BC. Canadian-educated applicants to become RHIPs in BC, who are also applying for, or been granted Full or Conditional registration for the Audiology profession, must first begin practice as a HIP Intern, under the supervision of a HIP Practicum Supervisor (who must be an RHIP in BC). Follow the steps set out under the heading Becoming a HIP Intern, above, to apply. Once your application has been approved, CSHBC will advise you of your practicum hours requirements.

Following successful completion of their HIP Intern Practicum, HIP Interns may be eligible for RHIP (Conditional) registration. See Becoming a Conditional RHIP Registrant, above, for more information.

Approved HIP Interns who are also applying for, or been granted Full or Conditional registration for the Audiology profession may begin solo practice when they have met CSHBC’s entry-to-practice requirements and been granted Full registration (after passing the ILE written and CSHBC practical examinations). Conditional RHIP registrants will be granted Full RHIP registration once they have provided proof of passing the ILE written and CSHBC practical examinations. See Becoming an RHIP, above, for more information.

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Phone: 604.742.6380
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