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 the instructions necessary to complete the
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 units (CEU's) 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.
Individuals wishing to recertify must comply with the
- Application for Recertification: NBC-HIS contacts the
International Hearing Society (IHS) and lists the current number of
continuing education units (CEU) on your annual statement. If you
achieved the required twenty-four (24) hours of CEU's, you must
complete the bottom portion of your statement and return it toour office.
- Approved Continuing Education: All certificants must fulfill
the following requirements to recertify:
a. Accumulate twenty-four (24) hours of approved CEU's within the
3-year period immediately preceding your June 30 recertification
deadline. If your statement indicates less than the 24 required
CEU's, submit a photocopy of the certificate(s) you received from
the sponsor. PLEASE NOTE: CEU courses approved by IHS, AAA &
ASHA are approved by NBC-HIS. CEU's granted by other hearing
healthcare organizations must be submitted to NBC-HIS and are
reviewed on an individual basis. PLEASE NOTE: Failure to comply
with the recertification requirements will result in a revocation
of your Board Certified Credentials. Failure to meet the
recertification requirements will result in the necessity to retake
and pass the National Competency Examination (NCE), including
payment of application and examination fees.
Online CEU's are limited to six (6) self-study courses, you can
also obtain six (6) CEU's for online live webinars. You may obtain
all 12 online CEU's as live webinars, but the self-study
courses are limited to six (6) in the 3-year recertification
Certificants in the USA, all CEU's obtained for re-certification
must be approved by AAA, ASHA, or IHS. Check with your CEU
providers and make sure they have applied for course approval from
one of these organizations before taking courses. This applies to
online self-study, live webinars, conferences and training
In the event an applicant is unable to meet the requirements for
the June 30 recertification deadline, the applicant may apply for a
grace period (time extension). The maximum grace period allowed is
six (6) months. The grace period form is on the reverse side of the
statement; please sign, date and return the statement along with
fees to NBC-HIS. PLEASE NOTE: CEU's obtained during the grace
period will be applied to the current recertification year, and
cannot be used again for the next three-year recertification
See Sources/Pathways for Approved CEUs : (Minimum of 24-hours required in a 3-year period)
Attendance at educational programs, workshops, seminars - Maximum
hours allowed in a 3-year period: no limit
Publication of an article in a professional journal. Articles
published in professional journals must cover topics listed in the
NBC-HIS Competency Model. These articles should be submitted at
time of printing rather than at the recertification deadline.
Maximum hours allowed in a 3-year period: 6 Hours
Presentation of a scientific paper or lecture. Credit is granted
on actual time of presentation, not on preparation time. CEU's
earned on an hour-to-hour basis.
Maximum hours allowed in a 3-year period: 8-Hours
Service as an Approved Item Writer for the NBC-HIS Examination or Exam Committee, one CEU granted for per hour of particpation.
NOTE: Service on a state exam or licensing board does NOT qualify
for CEU credit.
Ineligibility - Right of Appeal
In the event an applicant is found ineligible for
recertification, he/she will receive a letter identifying the
reason(s) for denial. An applicant has the right to appeal the
denial within 30-days of the postmark date on the denial letter.
This appeal must be submitted in writing to the NBC-HIS Executive
Director and it will be reviewed in accordance with the NBC-HIS
bylaws and policies adopted by the NBC-HIS Executive Council.
No applicant/certificant shall be denied certification or
recertification based on sex, marital status, age, religious
preference, nationality, sexual orientation race, or disability except when that
disability affects the ability of the applicant to provide
professional service to his/her patients/clients.
Code Of Ethics
Strict adherence to the Code of Ethics is required to maintain