Changing Registration Classification

Changing Registration Classification

Registrants can change registration classifications from:

  • Full to Non-practising registration 
  • Non-practising to Full registration
  • Full to Retired registration
  • Non-practising to Retired registration 

Retired back to Non-practising or Full registration

Registrants can’t convert from Retired back to Non-practising or Full registration but may apply to regain these two registration types, with the following steps:

  1. Submit a new application
  2. Meet all current registration requirements
  3. Receive application approvals by the College

Once Full registration has been approved, a previously Retired registrant can change to Non-practising (see CSHBC Bylaw section 64).  

Conditional to Full registration

There is no application required to change from Conditional to Full registration. 

Once a Conditional registrant completes their professional examination(s), the College will automatically convert a Conditional registrant to Full registration. The College will confirm with the registrant when this change has been made. 

See the Conditional Registration Requirements and Entry-to-Practice-Examination Requirements policies for further information

Classification changes 

Registration classification changes can be made in two ways:

  1. During the registration renewal period (typically starting in late January and running to March 31st annually), registrants can renew in a different registration classification via the registration renewal form.  If approved, change requests via the registration renewal form are valid on April 1st, the start of the registration year. This date could be later, depending upon the date that the renewal is approved. If registrants need the changed status before April 1st, registrants need to apply separately.
  2. Outside of the registration renewal process, classification change applications are available via the Registrant Portal. The classification change is made the same day that the College approves the application.

Changing from Full to Non-practising, Full to Retired & Non-practising to Retired registration

Different registration change requests have varied steps. 

Registrants who are converting from Full to Non-practising should understand this before making this change to understand the implications of converting back their registrations (see CSHBC Bylaw section 64(6)). 

The following changes require either completing a change of status request in the Registrant Portal or registration renewal form, which includes a declaration that the registrant will not practice while holding Retired and Non-practising registration. 

  • Full to Non-practising registration
  • Full to Retired registration
  • Non-practising to Retired registration

The College will confirm with registrants by email when the status change has been made. 

NOTE: No refunds of registration fees are provided. Paid Full registration fees are not refunded when a registrant converts from Full to Non-practising or Retired registration, or from Non-practising to Retired registration. 

Changing from Non-practising to Full registration

The process for changing from Non-practising to Full registration status is lengthier and more involved: 

  1. Registrants must submit the relevant application and pay the Full registration fee of $860 for the entire year. Fees are prorated every quarter; after each quarter that passes, the fee drops by $215. Registrants are charged the Full registration fee with fee differences credited back by the College. 

NOTE: Fees already paid towards Non-practising registration cannot be used towards the Full registration fee. 

  1. After a registration change request has been submitted, CSHBC staff will contact registrants individually with further instructions and requirements, defined by CSHBC Bylaw section 64(6). Outstanding requirements will differ depending on the circumstances and the registrant’s history with the College. 

After submitting the application and paying the fee, the remaining requirements are:

  • Proof of entitlement to work in Canada
  • Verification of registration from any other health regulatory body(ies) a registrant is or has ever been regulated by. This must be dated within 60 days of the application and  specify the particulars of any cancellation, suspension, limitation, or conditions on the registrant’s entitlement to practise or any investigation, review or proceeding which could lead to one of those outcomes
  • Authorization for a criminal record check and payment of the criminal record check fee ($28)
  • Proof of completion of the requirements of the College’s QAPP program, including providing a completed Confirmation of Practice Hours form.
  • Proof of professional liability insurance
  • Completion of a set of disclosure and declaration questions regarding the registrant’s fitness to practise and good character 

Registration classification change requests are considered incomplete until the College confirms with the registrant in writing that their application has been approved. 

Use of reserved titles 

Registrants must at all times use reserved titles in compliance with the Health Professions Act, the Speech and Hearing Health Professionals Regulation, and the CSHBC Reserved Titles & Credentials policy.  Failure to do so may result in disciplinary and legal action by CSHBC

Authorization to practise

Only Full registrants and Conditional registrants (when under supervision) may practise their profession. 

Non-practising registration and Retired registrants are not authorized to practise. Unlawful practice is taken very seriously by CSHBC and is subject to disciplinary and legal action.

College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia

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

Phone: 604.742.6380
Toll-free: 1.888.742.6380
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