Internationally-Educated Applicants

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Applying to become RAUDs, RHIPs, and RSLPs

CSHBC does not recognize any international education programs for the professions of audiology, hearing instrument dispensing, and speech-language pathology. But graduates of international 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.

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

Internationally-Educated Applicants to become RAUDs or RSLPs in BC who have met CSHBC’s entry-to-practice requirements are granted Full registration after passing the entry-to-practice examination, or Conditional Active 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 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 institution to CSHBC.

Arrange to have your master’s program transcripts assessed by World Educational Services (WES). See International Applicants (PDF). A basic assessment is acceptable.

Upload your university course outline or syllabus, with the conversion rate from credits to hours, including a record of clinical hours, in the Applicant Portal.

To determine equivalency to Canadian academic requirements, upload a completed Academic Coursework Requirements form in the CSHBC Applicant Portal.

Complete and upload the applicable form:

Complete the applicable form to document proof of clinical hours (minimum of 350 hours):

Each form requires a signature from the Program Director where the clinical hours were completed. The College does not accept photocopies of this form and must receive the form with the Program Director’s original signature.

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 last three years:

  • Graduated from a CSHBC-recognized academic program as set out in Schedule C of the CSHBC Bylaws; or
  • Practised your profession in a regulated jurisdiction for a minimum of 750 hours.

Applicants can report their practice hours to CSHBC using the Confirmation of Practice Hours form (PDF). Descriptions of what can be counted as a practice hour can be found on the Practice Hours page.

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.

Arrange to have your English language proficiency scores sent directly to CSHBC. Applicants whose secondary and post-secondary education was provided in English are exempt from this requirement.

Applicants who are not exempted must meet the following English language proficiency minimum scores from one of the approved tests:

Language

English

Acceptable tests

TOEFL internet Based Test (iBT)

IELTS (AC or GT)

Required minimum scores

Speaking: 26

Listening: 26

Reading: 22

Writing: 24

Speaking: 7.5

Listening: 8

Reading: 7.5

Writing: 7.5

Successful completion of one of the approved tests must be no more than two years before the date of application to CSHBC.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language proficiency requirements outlined above will be required to successfully meet the minimum standards before the application for registration can be submitted to the Registration Committee.

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.

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.

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.

Fill out the Consent to Criminal Record Check(s) form in the Applicant Portal, download the form that requires a signature, and upload the signed form. CSHBC will then communicate the required information to the BC government’s Criminal Records Review Program to ensure that your check is carried out.

Upload a copy of two of the following documents 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.

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 Full registration can be granted by CSHBC. Upload your proof of passing the required examination or arrange to have your proof of passing sent directly from the examination administrator to CSHBC.

If you do not have proof of passing the required examination, you must apply for the Conditional registration classification and practice under general supervision until you have passed the examination. Applicants for the Conditional registration classification must secure a practice supervisor (who must be a CSHBC registrant of the same profession) and enter their supervisor’s registrant details in the Applicant Portal.

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, the Registration Committee will conduct a review of the application at the Committee’s next scheduled meeting. You will be notified if there is missing documentation. The sooner all your required documentation is received by the College, the sooner the Registration Committee can process your application.

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.

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

Internationally-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).

Approved HIP Interns may begin solo practice when they have met CSHBC’s entry-to-practice requirements and been granted Full registration (completed their practicum and passed the IHS written and CSHBC practical examinations). To complete your HIP Intern application for entry-level practice for the profession of hearing instrument dispensing, have the 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.

Arrange to have your hearing instrument dispensing program’s transcripts assessed by World Educational Services (WES). See International Applicants (PDF). A basic assessment is acceptable.

Upload your course outline or syllabus, with the conversion rate from credits to hours, including a record of clinical hours, in the Applicant Portal.

Arrange to have your proof of clinical hours sent directly to CSHBC.

 

To be eligible for registration with CSHBC you must have, in the last three years:

Descriptions of what can be counted as a practice hour can be found on the Practice Hours page.

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

Arrange to have your English language proficiency scores sent directly to CSHBC. Applicants whose secondary and post-secondary education was provided in English are exempt from this requirement.

Applicants who are not exempted must meet the following English language proficiency minimum scores from one of the approved tests:

Language

English

Acceptable tests

TOEFL internet Based Test (iBT)

IELTS (AC or GT)

Required minimum scores

Speaking: 26

Listening: 26

Reading: 22

Writing: 24

Speaking: 7.5

Listening: 8

Reading: 7.5

Writing: 7.5

Successful completion of one of the approved tests must be no more than two years before the date of application to CSHBC.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language proficiency requirements outlined above will be required to successfully meet the minimum standards before the application for registration can be submitted to the Registration Committee.

Secure a 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 and has a minimum of two years’ experience as a Full registrant. See HIP Intern Practicum Requirements (PDF).
  2. Supervise no more than two HIP Interns concurrently.
  3. Provide the necessary clinical setting to students if supervisors are to sign off on the Summary of Clinical Hours (HIP program) objectives.

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

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.

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.

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.

Fill out the Consent to Criminal Record Check(s) form in the Applicant Portal, download the form that requires a signature, and upload the signed form. CSHBC will then communicate the required information to the BC government’s Criminal Records Review Program to ensure that your check is carried out.

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

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 an RHIP

Once approved as a HIP Intern, you will be informed of your Summary of Clinical Hours (HIP program) requirements, including the number of accrued practicum hours required before you are eligible to sit for the CSHBC practical examinations. See HIP Intern Examination Requirements (PDF). Complete your Summary of Clinical Hours (HIP program) (PDF) and upload the completed form in the Applicant Portal.

Once approved as a HIP Intern, you may sit for the International Hearing Society (IHS) written examination. IHS will contact you directly to provide instructions about your examination booking.

IHS written examination 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.

Upon successful completion of the Summary of Clinical Hours (HIP program) and proof of passing the IHS written examination, you will be eligible to take the CSHBC Practical Examination, which is held in the Spring and Fall annually.

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 for 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 written and practical examinations, you will be issued a certificate of Full registration (RHIP). At that time, 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 rest of the registration year.

After you have submitted your application, the Registration Committee will conduct a review of the application at the Committee’s next scheduled meeting. You will be notified if there is missing documentation. The sooner all your required documentation is received by the College, the sooner the Registration Committee can process your application.

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:

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

The professions of audiology and hearing instrument dispensing are regulated separately in BC. Internationally-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 practise as a HIP Intern, under the supervision of a HIP Practicum Supervisor (who must be an RHIP in BC).

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

Secure a 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 and has a minimum of two years’ experience as a Full registrant. See HIP Intern Practicum Requirements (PDF). 
  2. Supervise no more than two HIP Interns concurrently.
  3. Provide the necessary clinical setting to students if supervisors are to sign off on the Summary of Clinical Hours (HIP program) objectives. 

HIP practicum supervisors and HIP Interns must be located at the same place of business, with the exception of those who are under general supervision. (See HIP Intern Practicum Requirements (PDF).

Once approved as a HIP Intern, you will be informed of your Summary of Clinical Hours (HIP program) requirements. See HIP Intern Examination Requirements (PDF).

You may arrange to take the IHS written examination at any time after you have completed your academic requirements. Complete your Summary of Clinical Hours (HIP Program) (PDF) and upload the completed form in the Applicant Portal.

If you already have proof of passing the IHS written examination, and have submitted your completed Summary of Clinical Hours (HIP program), arrange with CSHBC to take the next HIP practical examination. 

If you do not have proof of passing the IHS written examination, arrange with IHS to take the examination. With your consent, your results will be provided to CSHBC.

Upon successful completion of the Summary of Clinical Hours (HIP program) and proof of passing the IHS written examination, you will be eligible to take the CSHBC practical examination. HIP Interns are required to contact CSHBC to register for the practical examination, which is held in the Spring and Fall annually.  

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 for 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 written and practical examinations, you will be issued a certificate of full registration (RHIP). No additional registration fee is payable.

After you have submitted your application, the Registration Committee will conduct a review of the application at the Committee’s next scheduled meeting. You will be notified if there is missing documentation. The sooner all of your required documentation is received by the College, the sooner the Registration Committee can process your application.

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.

College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia

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Phone: 604.742.6380
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Email: enquiries@cshbc.ca