Canadian-Educated Hearing Instrument Dispensing Graduates Applying For RHIP

Canadian-Educated Hearing Instrument Dispensing Graduates Applying For RHIP


Important: If you are a Canadian-educated audiology program graduate applying to be a RHIP, for information on your application pathway, see Canadian-Educated Audiology Graduates Applying For RHIP.

Canadian-educated applicants to become a Registered Hearing Instrument Practitioner (RHIP) in BC must first practise as a RHIP (Conditional), under the supervision of a practicum supervisor (who must be a RHIP in BC), to meet the RHIP (Conditional) practicum requirements.

RHIP (Conditional) registrants:

  • May hold their Conditional registration status for up to two (2) years, during which they may attempt the entry-to-practice examinations up to three (3)
  • Must practise under the supervision of a RHIP holding Full registration. For details on the level of supervision required during and after completion of their practicum, see the RHIP (Conditional) Practicum Requirements (PDF) and the Conditional Registration Requirements (PDF).
  • May use the reserved title “RHIP (Conditional)”

Important: Effective December 15, 2022, CSHBC no longer accepts applications for HIP Intern status. Applicants seeking to become a RHIP in BC must first apply for and be granted RHIP (Conditional) registration. HIP Intern applications received prior to December 15, 2022, will not be required to convert to RHIP (Conditional) registration status. Current HIP Interns may complete their RHIP registration requirements (supervised practicum, written and practical examinations) as HIP Interns.

Graduates of recognized Canadian hearing instrument dispensing programs, as outlined in Schedule C of the CSHBC bylaws, may apply for registration as a RHIP (Conditional) by having the information and documents listed below ready, and applying through the Applicant Portal, which provides step-by-step instructions. 

1. Official transcripts

After your credential has been awarded, arrange to have your hearing instrument dispensing program’s official transcripts sent directly from the institution to CSHBC, either by email to [email protected] or by mail to CSHBC.

Important: your official transcripts must indicate “Awarded” or “Conferred”. Unofficial or administrative transcripts that do not indicate “Awarded” or “Conferred” cannot be accepted. 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.

2. RHIP (Conditional) practicum supervisor

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

  • Be a Full RHIP registrant who is currently practising in BC, with a minimum of two (2) years’ experience as a Full registrant in BC or elsewhere. See the RHIP (Conditional) Practicum Requirements policy (PDF) for more information.
  • Provide a training setting that allows for practical experience with the relevant client population.
  • Be located at the same place of business as the RHIP (Conditional) registrant, except where the RHIP (Conditional) registrant is under general supervision. See the RHIP (Conditional) Practicum Requirements policy (PDF) for more information.

You must have your RHIP (Conditional) practicum supervisor approved by CSHBC. To propose your supervisor, you and your supervisor must complete the Proposed RHIP (Conditional) Practicum Supervisor form (PDF). If at any time you wish to request to change your supervisor, you must submit a new form to [email protected].

3. Recency of practice/practice competency

Applicants must provide evidence of meeting the recency of practice requirement for registration as a RHIP – i.e., that you have graduated from a recognized hearing instrument dispensing program within the last three (3) years, or that you have practised hearing instrument dispensing for a minimum of 750 hours in a regulated jurisdiction – by emailing a completed Confirmation of Practice Hours form (PDF) to [email protected].

Substantially equivalent recency of practice/practice competency

If, in the three (3) years immediately preceding the date you submit your application for registration, you have not graduated from a CSHBC-recognized academic program or practised a minimum of 750 regulated hours in a regulated jurisdiction, but otherwise meet the requirements of registration, you will need to email a completed Application for Registration: Substantially Equivalent Practice Competency form (PDF) to the CSHBC Registration Committee at [email protected]. The Committee will review your application to determine whether your knowledge, skills, and abilities meet CSHBC’s recency of practice/practice competency requirements for registration under substantial equivalency.

4. Reference letters

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. Each of your references must submit a letter of reference directly to the College by email to [email protected] or by mail to CSHBC, and it must contain that individual’s contact information.

5. Proof of eligibility to work in Canada

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

  • Canadian passport (photo and signature page)
  • Canadian citizenship certificate or card (front and back)
  • Canadian birth certificate
  • Government-issued work permit or work visa, provided this permits work in your intended profession
  • A study or co-op visa, provided this permits work in your intended profession
  • Permanent Resident card (front and back)

6. Criminal record check

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 completed and verified 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:

  • BC Driver’s Licence or learner’s licence (must have your photo)
  • BCID
  • BC Services Card (must have your photo)
  • Canadian birth certificate
  • Passport (photo and signature page)
  • Canadian citizenship certificate or card (front and back)
  • Permanent Resident card (front and back)

See Criminal Record Check for Applicants for more information.

7. Professional liability insurance

As part of your online application form, you will need to complete the following declaration:

I understand that pursuant to section 151 of the CSHBC Bylaws, as a registrant of CSHBC, I must at all times maintain insurance that (i) is in the amount of at least $2,000,000 per claim and in a form satisfactory to the Board, and (ii) covers me and any non-registrant to whom I delegate an aspect of practice, against liability arising from an error, omission, or negligent act that occurs in the practice of my profession. (YES/NO)

You will also need to declare whether your professional liability insurance is covered by your employer, whether you have obtained your own professional liability insurance, or whether you do not currently have the required insurance. If you do not have the required insurance at the time of submitting your application, you may provide updated information about your insurance at a future time. Note that no application may be approved without confirmation that the required insurance is in place. 

Employers such as health authorities, school districts, and other government agencies typically have insurance in place for their employees that meets CSHBC’s requirements. You must check the details of any insurance provided by your employer and confirm that it meets these requirements. If it does not, you must obtain your own professional liability insurance. Note that CSHBC does not provide insurance advice or recommend insurers to applicants or registrants; this is outside of the scope of the College’s role as a regulatory body.

8. Verification of Registration from other regulators

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 (a “Verification of Registration”). 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. Verifications of Registration may be sent to the College by email to [email protected], so long as they come directly from an authorized individual at the regulatory body in question.

9. Application and criminal record check fees

The following non-refundable fees are payable at application for registration:

  • Application for registration fee: $260
  • Criminal Record Check fee: $28

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

10. Registration fee

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

  • Initial registration fee: $950

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.

11. Summary of clinical practicum hours

Once you are registered as a RHIP (Conditional) and have had your RHIP (Conditional) practicum supervisor approved by the College, you may begin your supervised clinical practicum hours. Complete your Summary of RHIP (Conditional) Practicum Hours form (PDF) with your supervisor and email the completed form to [email protected].

12. Entry-to-practice examinations

As a RHIP (Conditional) registrant, you must pass the ILE Written Exam and the CSHBC HID Practical Examination.

First Exam: ILE Written Exam

The International Licensing Examination (ILE), a written examination administered by the International Hearing Society (IHS), is the first of two examinations required for registration as a 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 granted RHIP (Conditional) registration, you may sit for the ILE Written Exam. 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).

Second Exam: CSHBC HID Practical Exam

As a RHIP (Conditional) registrant, and upon successful completion of the Summary of RHIP (Conditional) Practicum Hours form (PDF) and ILE Written Exam, you will be eligible to take the CSHBC Hearing Instrument Dispensing (HID) Practical Exam. The HID Practical Exam is held twice annually, in the Fall and in the Spring. The examination dates for 2023 are as follows:

Fall 2023

Saturday, November 4, 2023

Sunday, November 5, 2023

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Saturday, November 25, 2023

Sunday, November 26, 2023

  • Request for examination accommodations: as soon as possible, and no later than Tuesday, September 5, 2023
  • Enrollment: Wednesday, October 18, 2023
Spring 2024To be confirmedTo be confirmed

Registrants wishing to enroll for the Fall 2023 examinations should contact [email protected]

During the enrollment process, candidates will be provided with an examination guide setting out what to expect on their examination day.

Each candidate takes the Exam during a pre-scheduled time slot on one of the Exam dates. Exam sittings require one day only. Following enrollment, candidates will be allocated an examination day and time. Examination scheduling is done at the discretion of the College. Personal preferences for examination dates may not be accommodated.

Additional retake sessions may also be scheduled for candidates who are unsuccessful at one of the above sittings, and who have not exhausted their permitted number of examination attempts in line with the Entry-to-Practice Examination Requirements policy.

For further information regarding CSHBC’s current examination requirements, please review the Entry-to-Practice Examination Requirements policy (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, you will also be required to pay the HID Practical Examination fee, which is currently $950 but subject to change for future examination sessions.

Video: CSHBC HID Practical Exam

For more information about applying to become a RHIP and the CSHBC HID Practical Exam, including what to expect on exam day, watch a video that the College produced in 2023:

13. Timeline

After you have submitted your application, staff will conduct an initial review. 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 (2) 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.

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Phone: 604.742.6380
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