Labour Mobility 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.

Labour Mobility Applicants – Audiology, Hearing Instrument Dispensing, and Speech-Language Pathology Professions

Are you currently regulated in a Canadian jurisdiction outside of BC?

Registered Audiologists (RAUDs) and Registered Speech-Language Pathologists (RSLPs) are currently regulated in nine Canadian provinces: BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland & Labrador. Registered Hearing Instrument Practitioners (RHIPs) are currently regulated in five Canadian provinces: BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Quebec.

In accordance with Chapter 7 of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (formerly the Agreement on Internal Trade), CSHBC grants Full and Conditional registration classification to practise in BC to Full and Conditional RAUDs, RHIPs, and RSLPs in good standing in their current regulated jurisdictions who meet CSHBC requirements. While applicants from these provinces are not required to write the entry-to-practice examinations for audiology, speech-language pathology, or hearing instrument dispensing, they must complete CSHBC’s Jurisprudence and Client Consent online courses before renewing their registration in BC.

Labour mobility applicants to become RAUDs, RSLPs, or RHIPs in BC may begin practice when they have met CSHBC’s labour mobility requirements and been granted Full or Conditional registration.

To apply, have the documents listed below ready, create an account in the CSHBC Applicant Portal, and follow the step-by-step instructions in the Applicant Portal.

Arrange to have your current Canadian regulator send a Verification of Registration directly to CSHBC, confirming if you are currently a registrant in good standing and have no conditions on your license. This verification means you do not need to submit transcripts, proof of clinical hours, or proof of passing the entry-to-practice examination.

In addition to the regulator in the Canadian jurisdiction that you are coming from, you must provide a letter or certificate dated within 60 days of the date of your application from each additional regulatory body where you are or have been registered in any health profession, in any jurisdiction (if any). 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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 Conditional registration classification cannot practise as a solo private practitioner.

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 calendar 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.

College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia

Address:
900 – 200 Granville St
Vancouver, BC, V6C 1S4

Phone: 604.742.6380
Toll-free: 1.888.742.6380
Email: enquiries@cshbc.ca