Beta Test Launch

NBC-HIS will launch a beta text of its exam beginning Jan. 27 for approximately four weeks. During that time, the only exam available is the beta test. If you are interested in participating in the beta test, click here for additional information and to apply. Please contact us at info@nbc-his.com for more information and assistance.

The certification process for hearing healthcare professionals consists of a psychometric exam developed by Subject Matter Experts.

Compiled by a professional testing service, each exam is reviewed and revised on a regular basis by a team of trained individuals from the hearing health profession.

The National Competency Exam (NCE) is based on research data that determines the daily skills needed to be a successful hearing healthcare professional. The exam is designed to test competency in these important areas of hearing instrument sciences:

Assess patient presenting problem and needs
Test and analyze patient hearing
Prescribe and analyze hearing instruments
Fit, adjust, program, and service hearing instruments and equipment
Counseling, rehabilitation, and professional practice

The NCE is based on practical knowledge and decision-making capabilities.  For more information, please contact the NBC-HIS office.

Board Certification also enables you to:

  • Further your skills and professional credentials in this competitive field.
  • Advance your career
  • Increase your earning potential (studies show that specialists with Board Certification have an average higher income than those without)
  • Demonstrate your commitment to achieving excellence in your profession
  • Receive an annual NBC-HIS seal to place on your wall certificate upon payment of annual fees. This shows your clients that your certification credentials are up-to-date.
  • Use the “Board Certified in Hearing Instrument Sciences” designation after your name

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

REQUIREMENTS

Exam candidates must have a current State/Provincial dispensing license or certificate of registration, and  meet a minimum of two (2) years of full-time dispensing experience within the last five (5) years, or a diploma from one of the following programs to be eligible to take the exam: Grant MacEwan Hearing Aid Practitioner Program, Bates Technical College Hearing Instrument Sciences, Burlington County College Hearing Instrument Sciences, George Brown Hearing Instrument Sciences, Conestoga College Hearing Instrument Sciences, Ozarks Technical Community College Hearing Instrument Sciences, or Spokane Falls Community College Hearing Instrument Sciences. Eligibility is obtained by submitting:

  1. A current State/Provincial dispensing license or Certificate of Registration (where applicable)
  2. A letter on company letterhead from a current employer or person that supervised your training attesting to your two years of full-time dispensing experience, or a diploma from the Grant MacEwan Hearing Aid Practitioner Program, Bates Technical College Hearing Instrument Sciences, Burlington County College Hearing Instrument Sciences, George Brown Hearing Instrument Sciences, Conestoga College Hearing Instrument Sciences, Ozarks Technical Community College Hearing Instrument Sciences, or Spokane Falls Community College. If you are self-employed, please contact NBC-HIS at 734-522-2900 for alternative verification of dispensing experience. Professionals who completed fifteen (15) months or more of the two-year dispensing requirement are eligible to sit for the exam. Upon successfully passing the exam, they will remain "Board Eligible" until the two-year requirement is fulfilled and the appropriate fees are paid.

BETA TEST FEES: $25 (Special Pricing for a Limited Time)

  • US Fees:

    New Applicant/Exam Fee: $225
    Annual Fee: $225

  • Canada Fees:

    New Applicant/Exam Fee: $225
    Annual Fee: $158

  • International Fees:

    New Applicant/Exam Fee: $250
    Annual Fee: $225

The New Applicant/Exam Fee must be paid each time a candidate schedules an appointment to take the examination, including re-takes.

HOW TO SCHEDULE YOUR EXAM

When your application for Board Certification has been approved, you will be contacted via email by an NBC-HIS staff member to schedule a convenient date, time, and location for the exam.

Non-Discrimination Policy

No applicant shall be denied eligibility to NBC-HIS examinations because of age, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual preference, religious preferences, race, or physical disability (except when a physical disability affects the level of professional service provided to patients/clients). Any individual who wishes to question any of the eligibility requirements of the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences shall submit these concerns in writing to the NBC-HIS office.

EXAM RULES

On the day of your scheduled exam, please arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled start time to allow sufficient time for the examination proctor to verify your identity (you will need two pieces of ID; one MUST be a photo ID) and check in before the published exam start time. At time of check-in, present your exam confirmation notice which was emailed to you after the exam session was scheduled.

A maximum of three hours is provided for completion of the exam which begins at the conclusion of registration and instructions. Late arrivals WILL NOT receive a time extension. You may not carry any papers, briefcases or other personal belongings to the exam site.

MAINTAINING CERTIFICATION

Individuals who are Board Certified by the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences (NBC-HIS) must recertify their credentials every three-years. During the third-year of certification, NBC-HIS will provide the annual statement and the instructions necessary to complete the recertification process. An annual fee is required and the bill is mailed in May each year with payment due by June 30th.

Recertification is valid for a 36-month period beginning on July 1st of the year the current certification expires. All recertification materials must be received at NBC-HIS headquarters on or before June 30th of the recertifying year.

The recertification process ensures that board certificants have a state/provincial license, where applicable. The requirement for continuing education credits ensures that the certificants have spent at least 24 hours in an educational setting upgrading skills and knowledge and/or getting information on new technology and products in the hearing health profession within the 36-month recertification period.

If this criteria is not met, the Board Certified certificate issued by NBC-HIS remains the property of NBC-HIS. Upon receiving written notice of revocation, the certificate and all duplicate certificates must be returned to NBC-HIS office.

The NBC-HIS is an independent, non-profit, credentialing organization, established to promote continuing competency assurance of hearing health professionals and to provide a standard of excellence in hearing healthcare for the consumer.

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