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.
In accordance with legislation and standards, the Certified Practice module of CSHBC’s Quality Assurance & Professional Practice program ensures that all RAUDs, RHIPs, and RSLPs are appropriately qualified in performing high-risk practice, including areas of practice that require more than entry-to-practice level competency. For more information, see section 5 of the Speech and Hearing Health Professionals Regulation and Part 10 of the CSHBC Bylaws.
Registrants applying for a Certified Practice Certificate must have appropriate prerequisites. Once approved, applicants must complete their 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.
Full registrants who believe that they meet all of the necessary competencies outlined in the applicable certification program, but have not completed the required education, may request a substantial equivalency review for any certificate by completing a Request for Certified Practice Substantial Equivalency Review form. A separate form must be completed in full for each requested review. Two clinical references must also be attached to the request form(s) and the referees must be able to verify the necessary competencies.
Certification programs and applications
To view and download Certification Program application forms, 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)