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Certification Requirements

certreqExam candidates must have a current State/Provincial Dispensing License or Certificate of Registration (where applicable), and meet a minimum of two (2) years of full-time dispensing experience within the last five (5) years, 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 Heaing Instrument Sciences, Ozarks Technical Community College Hearing Instrument Sciences, or Spokane Falls Community College Hearing Instrument Sciences, to be eligible to take the National Competency Exam (NCE). 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.

Hearing Instrument Specialists 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.