Entry-to-practice examinations currently approved by CSHBC as part of the pathway to become a Registered Hearing Instrument Practitioner (RHIP) are:
- ILE Written Exam and
- CSHBC HID Practical Exam
Applicants to become an RHIP must pass both exams, including audiology graduates applying to become dually registered RAUD, RHIPs.
ILE Written Exam
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 IHS provide proof of this directly to CSHBC.
Otherwise, once approved as a HIP Intern, applicants are eligible to sit for the ILE Written Exam. Applicants must register for their first attempt within six months of completing their HIP Intern practicum (660 hours of supervised clinical practice). Conditional registrants should register for their first attempt within six months of being granted Conditional registration.
CSHBC provides your details to IHS — 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.
CSHBC HID Practical Exam
Upon successful completion of the Summary of Clinical Practicum Hours (HIP Program) form (PDF) and proof of passing the ILE Written Exam, applicants are eligible to take the CSHBC Hearing Instrument Dispensing (HID) Practical Examination. Conditional registrants are eligible to take this exam once they have successfully completed the ILE Written Exam. The Practical Examination has recently undergone revision.
The examination dates for 2022 are as follows:
Fall 2022: dates and deadlines to be confirmed
Applicants wishing to enroll for the Fall 2022 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 applicant takes the examination during a pre-scheduled time slot on one of the examination 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 (PDF).
In 2023 and onwards, the examination will be held twice annually, in the Fall and in the Spring, with additional retake dates as required.
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 $650 but subject to change for future examination sessions.
Audiology graduates applying to become RHIPs must pass the ILE Written Exam and CSHBC HID Practical Exam.
Information for all exams
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 in good standing. You will be asked to provide your supervisor’s registrant details as part of the online application process in the Applicant Portal.
Conditional registrants who cannot demonstrate they have already passed one of the required exams should register for their first attempt within six months of being granted Conditional registration.
As specified in section 69 of the CSHBC Bylaws, applicants are permitted three exam attempts for both the IHS Written Exam and CSHBC HID Practical Exam. An applicant must complete all attempts within two years from the date of the applicant’s initial application. An applicant who fails an examination a third time may apply for registration again, but only after the passage of two years.
For more information
For further information regarding current CSHBC examination requirements, examination day accommodations, improper conduct during an examination and examination discrepancies, examination attempts and failures, and other aspects of entry-to-practice examinations, it is important that applicants review the Entry-to-Practice Examination Requirements Policy (PDF).
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