Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers Continuing Education

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After October 3, 2016, the requirements will remain the same for the renewal of hearing instrument fitter and dispenser licenses. To renew a hearing instrument fitter and dispenser license, a licensee must complete the following required hours of continuing education:

  • 20 hours of continuing education during each 2-year license period.
  • Continuing education credit is limited to only 10 hours of continuing education being accepted from an online continuing education course.
  • Continuing education credit is limited to only 5 hours of continuing education being accepted from a manufacturer Continuing Education Provider.

An apprentice permit holder must complete 20 hours of classroom continuing education during the apprentice year. The apprentice must complete the continuing education in one or more of the approved subjects relating to the fitting and dispensing of hearing instruments.

Continuing Education Providers and courses must be approved by the Department. An individual or organization must be approved by the Department as either a manufacturer or non-manufacturer continuing education provider.

CE Exemption: If a licensee passes all three parts of the licensing examination, then the licensee is exempt from the continuing education requirements for the renewal period in which the examination was taken.

The licensee is responsible for maintaining a record of his or her continuing education experiences or certificates. If a licensee is selected for audit, then the licensee will be notified and records will be required to be submitted to the Department.

Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers Continuing Education FAQs

  1. Did the continuing education requirements for the renewal of my hearing instrument fitter and dispenser license change after October 3, 2016?
  2. How many hours of continuing education are required for the renewal of my hearing instrument fitter and dispenser license?
  3. How many hours of continuing education are required for my apprentice permit?
  4. What type of courses will be acceptable for credit as continuing education?
  5. Are there any limits on the continuing education credits which are accepted?
  6. Are there any exemptions for continuing education?
  7. How does the audit process work for continuing education?
  8. Are continuing education providers and courses for hearing instrument fitters and dispensers required to be approved?

1. Did the continuing education requirements for the renewal of my hearing instrument fitter and dispenser license change after October 3, 2016?

No, the requirements will remain the same.

2. How many hours of continuing education are required for the renewal of my hearing instrument fitter and dispenser license?

Licensed hearing instrument fitters and dispensers are required to complete 20 hours of continuing education during each 2-year license period.

3. How many hours of continuing education are required for my apprentice permit?

An apprentice permit holder must complete 20 hours of classroom continuing education during the apprentice year. The apprentice must complete the continuing education in one or more of the approved subjects relating to the fitting and dispensing of hearing instruments.

4. What type of courses will be acceptable for credit as continuing education?

Courses are acceptable for credit if the continuing education course and provider have been approved by the Department.

5. Are there any limits on the continuing education credits which are accepted?

No more than 10 continuing education hours can be earned from an approved online continuing education course and no more than 5 continuing education hours can be earned from an approved manufacturer continuing education provider.

6. Are there any exemptions for continuing education?

If a licensee passes all three parts of the licensing examination, then the licensee is exempt from the continuing education requirements for the renewal period in which the examination was taken.

7. How does the audit process work for continuing education?

The Department shall select a random sample of license holders for each renewal month. If selected for an audit, the licensee will be notified when they receive their renewal notice. The licensee will be required to submit copies of certificates, transcripts or other documentation to verify the licensee's attendance, participation and completion of continuing education requirements. Licenses will not be renewed until continuing education requirements have been met.

8. Are continuing education providers and courses for hearing instrument fitters and dispensers required to be approved?

Yes, continuing education courses must be provided by a department-approved continuing education provider. An individual or organization must be approved by the department as either a manufacturer or non-manufacturer continuing education provider. Each continuing education course offered by an approved provider must be also be approved.