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.
Internationally-educated applicants applying to CSHBC
CSHBC does not recognize any international education programs for the professions of audiology, hearing instrument dispensing, and speech-language pathology.
However, graduates of international audiology and speech-language pathology education programs can apply to become Registered Audiologists (RAUDs), or Registered Speech-Language Pathologists (RSLPs) in BC under section 85(a)(ii) and Schedule D of the CSHBC bylaws.
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.
There is no provision in the CSHBC bylaws for internationally-educated applicants to become RHIPs in BC. To be eligible for RHIP registration, applicants must have completed an approved education program, as listed here, and at Schedule C of the CSHBC bylaws.
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.
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:
- Applicants to become RAUDs: Academic Coursework Requirements Audiology Program (PDF)
- Applicants to become RSLPs: Academic Coursework Requirements Speech-Language Pathology Program (PDF)
Complete the applicable form to document proof of clinical hours (minimum of 350 hours):
- Applicants to become RAUDs: Summary of Clinical Practice Hours (Audiology Program) (PDF)
- Applicants to become RSLPs: Summary of Clinical Practice Hours (Speech-Language Pathology Program) (PDF)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
- Graduated from an academic program that meets the requirements set out in Schedule D of the CSHBC Bylaws;
- Practised your profession in a regulated jurisdiction for a minimum of 750 hours. These 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:
TOEFL internet Based Test (iBT)
IELTS (AC or GT)
Required minimum scores
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 email@example.com 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.
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:
- BC Driver’s Licence or learner’s licence (must have your photo)
- 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.
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.
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. The sooner all of your required documentation is received by CSHBC, the sooner the College can process your application. Once your application is complete, it will be considered by a panel of the Registration Committee. Panels typically meet every one to two months. During the application process, you will be advised when the next Registration Committee panel meeting is scheduled to take place, and the deadline for providing any additional, relevant information that you wish the Committee to consider in support of your application. 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.