Practice Hours

Updated September 3, 2020

Effective July 1, 2020, all RAUDs, RHIPs, and RSLPs are responsible for attaining and maintaining the minimum number of practice hours required in CSHBC’s three-year cycle for practice hours: 750 hours over three years or 250 hours per year. Any combination of hours across the three years that adds up to 750 is acceptable. 

Registrants with two registrations must complete an additional 250 hours in three years for a total of 1,000 hours, and registrants with three registrations must complete a further 250 hours over 3 years, for a total of 1,250 hours. For more information, see Attaining & Maintaining Practice Competence (PDF) and CSHBC Bylaws: Practice Hours Requirement.

The three-year reporting cycles for practice hours and Continuing Competency Credits are aligned. The current cycle runs from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2021.

As the Practice Hours requirement was launched on July 1, 2020, partway through the current cycle, the requirement has been pro-rated on a monthly basis from this date to the end of the cycle. Please refer to the table below, which sets out the pro-rated requirement. The requirement varies, depending on the number of professions a registrant is registered in.

Pro-rated Practice Hours requirement in current cycle

The current three-year cycle runs from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2021. As the Practice Hours requirement launched in the middle of the cycle, the QAPP Committee has approved a pro-rated Practice Hours requirement for the remainder of the cycle, outlined in the following table. Registrants are ethically responsible to ensure they attain the minimum number of practice hours required in a cycle. The requirement varies, depending on the number of professions a registrant is registered in.

First Full Registration (pro-rated requirement for July 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021) Second Full Registration (pro-rated requirement for July 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021) Third Full Registration (pro-rated requirement for July 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021)
360 hours

An additional 125 hours

An additional 125 hours

Of these, a minimum of 120 hours must be specific to this professional registration

These hours must be specific to this second registration
These hours must be specific to this third registration

Practice Hours requirement in next three-year cycle

The following table outlines the Practice Hours requirement for the next three-year cycle (January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2024).

First Full Registration Second Full Registration Third Full Registration

750 hours

An additional 250 hours

An additional 250 hours

Of these, a minimum of 250 hours must be specific to this professional registration

These hours must be specific to this second registration

These hours must be specific to this third registration

Who needs to attain the required practice hours

The practice hours requirement applies to:

  • Full registrants, including those holding Certified Practice certificates.
  • Non-practising registrants — those who have held non-practising registration for the full three-year cycle must complete a practice review before resuming practice.

The practice hours requirement does not apply to:

  • Conditional registrants
  • HIP Interns
  • Temporary and Temporary (teaching) registrants
  • Retired registrants

Practice Hours descriptions

Practice hours must be reported for each registration that a registrant holds. It is advisable to record practice hours information for each registration separately. There are no maximum allowable hours however there are requirements about the number of hours that must be directly related to the registration class.

For descriptions of practice hour categories, refer to the following:

  1. Client services provided in person or virtually. Each hour of service may be counted including time spent with clients as well as hours in related services such as documentation, report writing, or making referrals.
  2. Providing in person or virtual education and training to other registrants, communication health assistants (CHAs), students, and other health professionals.
  3. Supervising or managing registrants, CHAs, or students in the applicable profession(s). This may include hours as a QAPP Practice Review Assessor or Supervisor.
  4. Providing profession-specific consulting, advisory, educational, or profession-specific counselling services to clients, families, caregivers.
  5. Managing or administering profession-specific programs or services.
  6. Leading or participating in profession-specific research or academic writing.
  7. Leading or participating in professional activities that impact the practice of the profession (e.g. committee work).
  8. Performing regulatory, professional association, or policy development work (this is intended for practice or clinically related work – not clerical or administrative work).
  9. Teaching profession-specific courses.
  10. Other professional activities that impact the practice of the profession.

Practice hours cannot include hours completed under supervision, including:

  • Student practicum hours
  • HIP Intern practicum hours
  • Hours worked as a Conditional registrant

Documenting and reporting Practice Hours 

At the end of the prescribed cycle, registrants are responsible for having a record of their practice hours. Registrants with more than one Full registration must document the required number of hours for each of their registrations. There may be practice hours that qualify in more than one profession. 

All RAUDs, RHIPs, and RSLPs must report practice hours in the CSHBC Registrant Portal before the December 31 deadline in the third year of a cycle.

Registrants are responsible for accurately reporting their practice hours and are required to keep proof of their practice hours for one-year post completion of the three-year cycle. Audits may be conducted without notice to ensure the accuracy and truthfulness of the practice. If there is a finding of practice hours deficiency or false reporting, CSHBC may take action including reporting the finding to the Inquiry Committee.

Practice Hours deficiency

At the end of the three-year cycle, CSHBC will contact any registrant whose reported practice hours are deficient. The registrant will have two options:

  • submit a plan to correct the deficiency in hours within three months; or
  • practice under the general supervision of another Full registrant for a period defined by the QAPP Committee.

Failure to meet acceptable remedial actions for a practice hours deficiency may result in a referral to the Inquiry Committee.

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