What is Certified Practice?
CSHBC’s first priority, as mandated by the BC government, is to protect the public. This ensures clients get the best possible care for the full range of services, including high risk activities.
The CSHBC Bylaws outline the high risk practices that require certification before a registrant can perform them independently. They involve above entry level requirements for knowledge, skills, and abilities that are covered in the approved certification programs for training. The certified practices may or may not involve restricted activities that are outlined in the Speech and Hearing Health Professionals Regulation. Renewable Certified Practice Certificates provide registrants with independence and autonomy in these practice areas. The available certificates, and the process for attaining a certificate, are detailed in the Certified Practice & Above Entry Level Practice standard of practice (PDF).
Certificates must be renewed before the end of the March 31 registration renewal period in the registration year they expire. Renewal of Certified Practice Certificates is also contingent on holding Full registration classification and recording a minimum of four CCCs for each certificate.
Applying for a Certified Practice Certificate
Registrants applying for a Certified Practice Certificate must have appropriate prerequisites. Registrants must then complete the relevant Certification Program under the supervision of a qualified supervisor. Each Certification Program details the specific certificate prerequisites and the levels of supervision required during training. The Supervision standard of practice (PDF) describes what each level of supervision entails.
To view and download Certification Program requirement and application instructions, click the following links:
- Certificate A: Vestibular Assessment & Management (PDF)
- Certificate B: Cochlear Implant Assessment & Management (PDF)
- Certificate C: Cerumen Assessment & Management (PDF)
- Certificate D: Hearing Instrument Dispensing for Children Ages 12-16 (PDF)
- Certificate E: Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Voice & Swallowing (FEEVS) for Adults (PDF)
- Certificate G: Tracheo-esophageal Voice Prostheses Assessment & Management (PDF)
- Certificate H: Communication & Swallowing Assessment & Management for Tracheostomy (PDF)
- Certificate I: Videofluroscopic Assessment & Management of Adult Swallowing Disorders (PDF)
- Certificate J: Videofluoroscopic Assessment & Management of Paediatric Disorders (PDF)
- Certificate K: Management of Airway Secretions (PDF)
All applications for Certified Practice Certificates are reviewed by the Certified Practice Advisory Committee (CPAC), however the final decision-making authority with respect to granting Certified Practice Certificates rests with the Registration Committee. CPAC’s role is to make recommendations to the Registration Committee regarding the issuing of Certified Practice Certificates. The Registration Committee may or may not follow CPAC’s recommendation. In either case, it will provide reasons for its decision and the registrant will be notified.
Applications fall under two broad categories:
- Standard applications – where it is clear that each of the Certified Practice Certificate Program requirements is met.
- Non-standard applications – where it is unclear that one or more of the requirements is met. This includes all “substantial equivalency” applications.
The Registration Committee delegates authority to the CSHBC Registrar to approve standard applications. However, non-standard applications must be reviewed by the Registration Committee. These applications generally take longer to be processed given it can take time to gather any additional relevant information and have the Registration Committee consider the matter.
Certified Practice Certificate Renewal
When a registrant is granted a Certified Practice Certificate, CSHBC will advise them of the expiry date of that certificate. This date will be on the March 31 in the third year following the year that the certificate was issued. When Certified Practice Certificates are renewed, they are valid for three full years.
Continuing to practice under the scope of an expired Certified Practice Certificate constitutes unlawful practice, which is subject to disciplinary action by CSHBC.
See the Certified Practice Advisory Committee for further information.
Questions about Certified Practice should be directed to email@example.com.