Non-standard Applications & Registration Committee Review 

CSHBC thoroughly reviews every application for registration (including applications for full registration from Non-practising registrants) to determine if applicants meet the College’s registration requirements. Applications fall under two broad categories:

  • Standard applications – where it is very clear that each of the registration requirements as set out in the CSHBC bylaws and policy is met.
  • Non-standard applications – where it is less clear that one or more of the registration requirements is met. This includes all applications from internationally-educated applicants.

The Registration Committee delegates authority to the CSHBC Registrar to approve standard applications. However, non-standard applications require consideration by the Registration Committee. These applications generally take longer to be processed given it takes time to gather additional information and have the Registration Committee consider the matter.

Frequently asked questions

What constitutes a non-standard application?

All applications are different, so there is no hard and fast rule to define a non-standard application. The following is a non-exhaustive list of examples where an application may be considered non-standard:

  • All applications from internationally-educated applicants. This is because the College relies on the profession-specific knowledge of Registration Committee members to review applicants against the education requirements set out in Schedule D of the CSHBC bylaws.
  • Applicants who may need to provide further information relating to their good character due to:
    • A criminal record
    • Past or current proceedings with another regulatory body
    • Information contained within the character references provided in support of their application
    • Other concerns arising during the application process, including the applicant being found to have provided false or inaccurate information to CSHBC.
  • Applicants who may need to provide further information relating to their fitness to practice due to:
    • Information provided by the applicant during the application process
    • A criminal record that suggests an underlying health issue (e.g. a substance use disorder)
    • Past or current proceedings with another regulatory body in relation to a health concern
    • Information contained within the character references provided in support of their application
    • Requests for examination accommodations due to a health concern that may impact the applicant’s ability to practise safely and competently
    • Applicants who do not clearly meet the “recency of practice” requirement for registration because they graduated from their program more than three years ago and cannot demonstrate they have practised their profession for at least 750 hours during that time.

Will I be informed if my application is considered non-standard?

If CSHBC requires more information for your application, and your application requires review by the Registration Committee, the College will inform you.

If CSHBC requires more information, or my application requires review by the Registration Committee, how long will it take for my application to be approved?

CSHBC endeavours to process all applications in a timely manner. However, in some cases it may take several months to obtain all of the relevant information and have the Registration Committee consider an application. 

Whose responsibility is it to obtain additional information for a non-standard application?

While CSHBC staff may provide suggestions as to what information the Registration Committee will require in reviewing an application, ultimately the onus is on the applicant to provide evidence that they meet the requirements for registration.

When does the Registration Committee meet?

Depending on the nature of an application, it may require review by the full Registration Committee, or a profession-specific panel of the Committee. Panels consist of two professional members and one public member. Applications from internationally-educated applicants are always considered by a panel.

Typically, non-standard application volumes require that the Registration Committee meet as follows:

Full Committee:

Every 6-8 weeks

Speech-language Pathology Panels:        


Audiology Panels


Hearing Instrument Dispensing Panels

On an ad-hoc basis

During the application process, CSHBC staff will advise applicants of the next appropriate Committee (or panel) meeting, and the deadline for providing information to support their application for that meeting.

What are the possible outcomes for a non-standard application?

The Registration Committee may deliver one of the following outcomes:

  • Grant registration
  • Grant registration subject to certain terms, limits, or conditions, if the applicant falls into one or more of the categories specified under sections 20(2.1) and 20(3) of the Health Professions Act.
  • Request that an applicant provide further information for their application
  • Deny registration

Applicants will always be notified of the Registration Committee’s decision in writing. 

Are there additional fees for non-standard applications?

No, CSHBC does not charge additional fees to process applications identified as non-standard. However, applicants will be responsible for any costs incurred in providing the required additional information to CSHBC in support of their application.

I think my application may be non-standard – what should I do?

If, based on the examples set out above, you think your application may be non-standard, CSHBC encourages you to submit your application as soon as possible, given it may take additional time to be processed.

College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia

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Phone: 604.742.6380
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