Hearing Aid Specialists


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The Department shall license each applicant who the board certifies:

  • Has completed the application form and remitted the required fees
  • Is 18 years of age
  • Is a graduate of an accredited high school or its equivalent
  • Meets either option below:
    • Has met the requirements of the training program; or
    • Has a valid, current license as a hearing aid specialist or its equivalent from another state and has been actively practicing in such capacity for at least 12 months; or is currently certified by the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences and has been actively practicing for at least 12 months.
  • Has passed the licensure examination, which is the International Licensing Examination (ILE) for the Hearing Instrument Dispenser.
  • Has submitted proof of taking a two hour course relating to Florida Laws and Rules

If licensed in another state, territory, or jurisdiction of the United States, must have license verification form sent directly to the board office from that office that issued the license or certification.

If an applicant fails to complete the application within 12 months of its receipt in the Board office, he/she shall be required to re-apply as an initial applicant.

The following steps apply to individuals who have completed the Florida Training Program, pursuant to Rule 64B6-8.003, F.A.C., and are seeking examination approval:

  1. Apply for licensure by examination. Applicant submits the Application for Licensure by Examination along with the appropriate licensure fees listed on the application instructions. Please ensure that all fields are completed as instructed.
  2. Submit proof of being at least 18 years of age. Applicant must submit a copy of his or her driver’s license or birth certificate.
  3. Submit proof of graduation from graduate of an accredited high school or its equivalent. Applicant must submit one of the following forms of verification:
    1. Copy of transcript,
    2. Copy of diploma,
    3. Copy of transcript from an associate’s program or higher, or
    4. Copy of GED certificate
  4. Submit Sponsor Report Form(s). The Sponsor Report Form is to be completed and signed by the approved Sponsor. Please refer to Rule 64B6-8.003, F.A.C. information regarding supervision pertaining to the Training Program.
  5. Complete for approved 2-hour Florida Laws and Rules course. Submit proof of completion for a 2-hour Florida laws and rules course from a board-approved provider listed on CE Broker to the Board Office.
  6. Request License Certification/Verification (if applicable). This is required for applicants who hold or have ever held a license in another state, U.S. territory, or foreign country; no matter the status. Online certifications/verifications are acceptable if they are current and show disciplinary history status.
  7. After review, if the application is deemed complete, the applicant is notified in writing by the International Hearing Society (IHS) that the individual is an eligible examination candidate. The candidate will receive registration information and instructions for the examination from IHS.
  8. Applicant sits for licensure examination. Applicant will be notified within 2-4 weeks of their pass/fail status. Note: The Board office is not able to provide the applicant with his or her score or score report.
  9. Passing applicants will be notified of their eligibility for licensure and will be mailed the Initial Licensure Form which they will need to submit to the Board Office along with the licensure fee. Once the Board Office receives the licensure form and fee the licensee will be issued a license and mailed the approval letter and license within 7-10 business days.
  10. Failing applicants will be notified of their unsuccessful examination attempt and can apply for future examinations with the Board Office. For instructions regarding the re-examination application process, please scroll down to the last section on this page.

The following steps apply to individuals who have been actively practicing in another state for at least 12 of the past 18 months and do not possess National Board Certification. If you would like to obtain exam approval and are not/have never been a trainee in Florida, please apply via this method.

  1. Apply for licensure by examination. Applicant submits the Application for Licensure by Examination along with the appropriate licensure fees listed on the application instructions. Please ensure that all fields are completed as instructed.
  2. Submit copies of contracts/receipts. Applicant must submit 2 contracts per month for 12 of the last 18 months immediately preceding the application. The applicant must be listed as the fitter and dispenser of the hearing aid on the contracts/receipts. For privacy purposes, the client’s last name may be omitted on the contracts/receipts.
  3. Submit proof of being at least 18 years of age. Applicant must submit a copy of his or her driver’s license or birth certificate.
  4. Submit proof of graduation from graduate of an accredited high school or its equivalent. Applicant must submit one of the following forms of verification:
    1. Copy of transcript,
    2. Copy of diploma,
    3. Copy of transcript from an associate’s program or higher, or
    4. Copy of GED certificate
  5. Complete for approved 2-hour Florida Laws and Rules course. Submit proof of completion for a 2-hour Florida laws and rules course from a board-approved provider listed on CE Broker to the Board Office.
  6. Request License Certification/Verification. This is required for applicants who hold or have ever held a license in another state, U.S. territory, or foreign country; no matter the status. Online certifications/verifications are acceptable if they are current and show disciplinary history status.
  7. After review, if the application is deemed complete, the applicant is notified in writing by the International Hearing Society (IHS) that the individual is an eligible examination candidate. The candidate will receive registration information and instructions for the examination from IHS.
  8. Applicant sits for licensure examination. Applicant will be notified within 2-4 weeks of their pass/fail status. Note: The Board office is not able to provide the applicant with his or her score or score report.
  9. Passing applicants will be notified of their eligibility for licensure and will be mailed the Initial Licensure Form which they will need to submit to the Board Office along with the licensure fee. Once the Board Office receives the licensure form and fee the licensee will be issued a license and mailed the approval letter and license within 7-10 business days.
  10. Failing applicants will be notified of their unsuccessful examination attempt and can apply for future examinations with the Board Office. For instructions regarding the re-examination application process, please scroll down to the last section on this page.

The following steps apply to individuals who have been actively practicing in another state for at least 12 of the past 18 months and possess current National Board Certification:

  1. Apply for licensure by examination. Applicant submits the Application for Licensure by Examination along with the appropriate licensure fees listed on the application instructions. Please ensure that all fields are completed as instructed.
  2. Submit copies of contracts/receipts. Applicant must submit 2 contracts per month for 12 of the last 18 months immediately preceding the application. The applicant must be listed as the fitter and dispenser of the hearing aid on the contracts/receipts. For privacy purposes, the client’s last name may be omitted on the contracts/receipts.
  3. Submit proof of being at least 18 years of age. Applicant must submit a copy of his or her driver’s license or birth certificate.
  4. Submit proof of graduation from graduate of an accredited high school or its equivalent. Applicant must submit one of the following forms of verification:
    1. Copy of transcript,
    2. Copy of diploma,
    3. Copy of transcript from an associate’s program or higher, or
    4. Copy of GED certificate
  5. Submit proof of current National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences (NBS-HIS) certification. You must contact the NBC-HIS and request they send proof of your current National Board Certification directly to the Board Office.
  6. Complete for approved 2-hour Florida Laws and Rules course. Submit proof of completion for a 2-hour Florida laws and rules course from a board-approved provider listed on CE Broker to the Board Office.
  7. Request License Certification/Verification. This is required for applicants who hold or have ever held a license in another state, U.S. territory, or foreign country; no matter the status. Online certifications/verifications are acceptable if they are current and show disciplinary history status.

Application by Re-examination

If you did not pass your most recent examination attempt, you are eligible to apply for re-examination. Please see the following steps below:

  1. Apply for licensure by re-examination. Applicant submits the Application for Licensure by Examination along with the appropriate licensure fees listed ($150) on the application instructions, pursuant to Rule 64B6-2.005, F.A.C. Please ensure that all fields are completed as instructed.
  2. After review, if the application is deemed complete, the applicant is notified in writing by the International Hearing Society (IHS) that the individual is an eligible examination candidate. The candidate will receive registration information and instructions for the examination from IHS.
  3. Applicant sits for licensure examination. Applicant will be notified within 2-4 weeks of their pass/fail status. Note: The Board office is not able to provide the applicant with his or her score or score report.
  4. Passing applicants will be notified of their eligibility for licensure and will be mailed the Initial Licensure Form which they will need to submit to the Board Office along with the licensure fee. Once the Board Office receives the licensure form and fee the licensee will be issued a license and mailed the approval letter and license within 7-10 business days.
  5. Failing applicants will be notified of their unsuccessful examination attempt and can apply for future examinations with the Board Office.

Licensure by Exam Fees:

Application Fee$150.00 (non-refundable)
Initial Licensure Fee:$320.00
Examination Fee:
(Paid directly to International Hearing Society once approved)
$225.00

Make checks or money orders payable to the “Department of Health.” Applicants and licensees are responsible for the fees outlined in applicable board or department rule at the time an application is received.

 

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Florida Statutes

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Chapter 484, Part II: Fitting and Dispensing of Hearing Aids
Chapter 456: Health Professions and Occupations: General Provisions
Chapter 120: Administrative Procedure Act

Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.)

You will be connected to the Florida Department of State: State Library and Archives of Florida website, which is the official custodian of the administrative codes.

Rules: Chapter 64B6: Board of Hearing Aid Specialists