Become a Volunteer on the NBC-HIS Item Writer Committee


NBC-HIS has a wonderful opportunity for highly-motivated professionals to share their hearing healthcare knowledge and expertise on the Item Writer Committee.

NBC-HIS provides committee members training to assist them in this important volunteer role. The committee meets approximately two to three times annually (face-to-face and virtually) to contribute to exam development activities.


All participants must:

  • be board certified;
  • have a minimum of two (2) years of full-time dispensing experience within the last five (5) years;
  • have a current State/Provincial license or Certificate of Registration (where applicable) that allows for the dispensing of hearing aids; and
  • have a passport or appropriate documentation for travel to/from the U.S. and Canada.

Item writers will be trained and mentored in how to develop well-constructed exam items. Travel expenses will be paid by NBC-HIS.

Under the guidance of the standards for the accreditation of certification programs created by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, NBC-HIS is seeking a representative sample of hearing healthcare providers to include a range of dispensing experience, job settings, geographic regions, cultural, ethnic and gender diversity for members of this committee.

Roles & Responsibilities of the NBC-HIS Item Writers Committee

The Item Writer Committee meets at least once a year and each committee member is expected to be in attendance. If an Item Writer Committee member misses consecutive virtual or in-person meetings, their participation will be reviewed by the Committee Chair.

Procedures for the Item Writer Committee:

  • Under psychometric guidance: write, review, and recommend test items for inclusion in the National Competency Exam (NCE) Item Bank.
  • Review items for content, appropriate level of difficulty, accuracy, and scope as related to the current competency model.
  • Participate in virtual and in-person training led by the psychometric partner.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality of all examination and meeting content and execute Non-Disclosure Agreement annually, or as requested.

Get Involved and Apply Here Today!

If you have any questions or problems submitting your application, please email or call 734-522-2900.


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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