Maintaining Your Certification

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The Three-Year Cycle

Certification maintenance is on a three-year cycle as illustrated below. Continuing professional development is important because it ensures your continued excellence in the hearing healthcare profession.

It is an ongoing process and continues throughout your professional career. Twenty-four (24) continuing education credits are required in each three-year recertification cycle.

When you revalidate your credential annually and then recertify every three years, you demonstrate your continued commitment to your professional development and growth and assure your clients that you are maintaining your knowledge base.

Download the Certificate Maintenance Worksheet and keep track of your 3-year cycle!

Sources for Approved CEs


  • We are unable to allow any exceptions to this requirement. If your 24 CEs are not completed within your three-year cycle, you will not maintain your certification. We are not able to offer any extensions, exceptions, or a grace period.
  • Any additional CEs earned during a particular cycle cannot be applied to your next three-year recertification period.


All CEs obtained for recertification by U.S. certificants must be approved by AAA (, ASHA (, or IHS ( Check with your CE providers and make sure they have applied for course approval from one of these organizations before taking courses. This applies to self-study programs, webinars, conferences, training seminars, and online education. For international certificants, CEs granted by other hearing health care organizations are reviewed on an individual basis.

CE Credits that you earn through IHS’ new e-learning portal will be added to your BC-HIS record automatically. To include AudiologyOnline or other IHS-approved courses on your record, send a request to the International Hearing Society (IHS) to post the CE credit and issue an IHS certificate of attendance. Send an email to, and include the following:

  • Proof of attendance, certificate, or AudiologyOnline transcript
  • Last four digits of your Social Security number
  • Your mailing address

To submit AAA and ASHA approved courses that are not also approved by IHS, send verification to

Right of Appeal. In the event you have been found ineligible for recertification, you will receive a letter identifying
the reason(s) for denial. You have the right to appeal the denial within thirty (30) days of the postmark
date on the denial letter. This appeal must be submitted in writing to the NBC-HIS Executive Director
and will be reviewed in accordance with the NBC-HIS bylaws and policies adopted by the NBC-HIS
Executive Council.

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

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