Massachusetts

Hearing Aid Specialist/Hearing Instrument Specialist

State Licensing Requirements – Massachusetts

The information below is provided by www.osha.com and is subject to change without notice. The Hearing Aid Academy is providing this information as a general guideline of the requirements for the state you wish to be licensed, however your education advisor will review your state’s licensing guidelines in detail with you once you enroll as a student.

Contact the state’s licensure board or regulatory agency for exact licensure, certification, or registration requirements in your jurisdiction.

Initial Licensure Requirements

Audiologists (on or after January 1, 2008)

  1. Must be of good moral character
  2. Applicants must meet the January 1, 2007, ASHA Standards and Implementation Procedures for a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology,
    or
  3. Applicants must meet the January 1, 2007, requirements for board certification from the American Board of Audiology.

Speech Language Pathologists

  1. Must be of good moral character
  2. Applicants must submit evidence that they meet the January 1, 2005, ASHA Standards and Implementation Procedures for a Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology.

Exemptions

  1. Physicians and physician-supervised personnel
  2. Hearing aid dealers
  3. Teachers of esophageal speech
  4. Certified industrial audiometric technicians
  5. Audiometric screening technicians
  6. Students in assistant training/certificate programs

Reciprocity/Endorsement

Individuals with a current license in another state that meet the requirements of Massachusetts in effect at the time of application. Applicant must also report any previous disciplinary actions.

Interim Practice/Temporary Licensure

N/A

Continuing Education for Licensure Renewal

  1. Licensees must complete a minimum of 20 hours of continuing education per biennium
  2. Dual licensees must complete a minimum of 30 continuing education hours; a minimum of 10 hours must be in the licensee’s area of licensure.

Board Oversight

Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, Board of Registration in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology

Board Composition

The Board shall comprise five state residents appointed by the governor; two members shall be licensed speech-language pathologists who have had at least three years of experience practicing in-state prior to appointment, two members shall be licensed audiologists who have had at least three years of experience practicing in-state immediately prior to appointment, and one shall be a member of the public; appointments shall be for a period of three years.

Resources

The information contained herein was collected and summarized annually. For detailed information on state licensure requirements, contact the state board and visit this website:

Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation

 

Questions regarding state advocacy issues? Call ASHA at 800-498-2071 and ask for the State Advocacy Team.

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