Section .0100 - Examination

Link to law: http://reports.oah.state.nc.us/ncac/title 21 - occupational licensing boards and commissions/chapter 22 - hearing aid dealers and fitters/subchapter f/subchapter f rules.html
Published: 2015

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SUBCHAPTER 22F - LICENSing PROVISIONS

 

section .0100 - EXAMINATION

 

21 NCAC 22F .0101           TIME AND PLACE OF EXAMINATIONS 

The Board shall publicize the time and place of each qualifying

examination given pursuant to G.S. 93D-8 on the Board's website at least 90

days in advance of the examination.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 93D-3(c); 93D-8;

Eff. April 23, 1976;

Amended Eff. March 1, 2013; June 1, 2012; January 1,

1992; May 1, 1988.

21 NCAC 22F .0102           PLACE OF

EXAMINATIONS

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 93D‑3; 93D‑8;

Eff. April 23, 1976;

Repealed Eff. May 1, 1988.

 

 

 

21 NCAC 22F .0103           SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS AND FEES

(recodified to 21 NCAC 22A .0503 May 1, 2013)

 

21 NCAC 22F .0104           QUALIFICATIONS to REGISTER FOR EXAM

(a)  The Board may require supplemental information for

applications to determine the qualifications of each licensee, registered applicant,

and registered apprentice, as set forth in these Rules and in Chapter 93D of

the General Statutes of North Carolina.  Supplemental information may include

letters of recommendation, affidavits, photographs, official transcripts, and

personal appearances before the Board.

(b)  An apprentice may elect to take Part A, Part B, or Part

C of the licensing exam at any time during the apprenticeship by submitting an

application for license and exam registration prior to the registration

deadline.

(c)  An apprentice shall complete 365 days of apprenticeship

prior to taking Part D of the licensing exam.

(d)  The Board shall waive the application for license fee

and the exam registration fee for an applicant's initial registration to take

Part D of the exam only if the applicant took and passed Part A, Part B, and

Part C prior to completing 365 days of apprenticeship.

(e)  Except as provided in Paragraph (d) of this Rule, an

applicant shall submit a new application for license and exam registration and

pay the fees set forth in 21 NCAC 22A .0501 each time the applicant registers

for any parts of the licensing exam.

(f)  The Board shall not prorate the application for license

fee or the exam registration fee for retesting an applicant who failed any part

of the licensing exam.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 93D-3(c); 93D-5; 93D-6;

93D-9;

Eff. April 23, 1976;

Amended Eff. February 1, 1996; April 1, 1989; May 1,

1988;

Paragraph (d) recodified to 21 NCAC 22F .0122 Eff. May 1,

2013;

Temporary Amendment Eff. February 10, 2014;

Amended Eff. April 1, 2014.

 

21 NCAC 22F .0105           PASSING EXAMINATION

(a)  The exam consists of four parts:

(1)           Part A shall assess applicant's knowledge

of hearing testing through a computer simulation program;

(2)           Part B shall assess applicant's practical

knowledge and ability to make an ear impression;

(3)           Part C shall assess the applicant's

knowledge of relevant laws and regulations governing hearing aid specialists;

and

(4)           Part D shall assess the applicant's knowledge

of the following:

(A)          audiometry;

(B)          anatomy and physiology pertaining to the dispensing

of hearing aids;

(C)          hearing aids;

(D)          hearing aid technologies; and

(E)           the scope of practice for hearing aid specialists.

(b)  The Board shall annually review the contents and

outcome of the previous qualifying examinations and shall determine the minimum

performance criteria required for passing the examination.  In accordance with

G.S. 93B-8(a), each registered applicant shall be informed in writing of the requirements

for passing the examination prior to the applicant taking the examination.

(c)  An applicant shall pass all parts of the exam in order

to receive a license.

(d)  For a registered applicant who completes "one full

year of apprenticeship," as defined in 21 NCAC 22A .0401, all exam results

shall expire 31 months after the date of initial issuance of the apprentice

certificate.

(e)  If a registered applicant is exempt from the

apprenticeship requirement, or takes an exam more than 31 months after the date

of initial issuance of the apprentice certificate, the exam results shall

expire 19 months after the date of the exam.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 93B-8; 93D-1.1; 93D-3(c);

93D-8;

Eff. April 23, 1976;

Amended Eff. May 1, 1988;

Temporary Amendment Eff. February 10, 2014;

Amended Eff. February 1, 2015; April 1, 2014.

 

21 NCAC 22F .0106           GRADING

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 93D‑3;

Eff. April 23, 1976;

Repealed Eff. May 1, 1988.

 

 

 

21 NCAC 22F .0107           COMMUNICATION OF RESULTS OF

EXAMINATIONS

(a)  The office of the Board shall issue written

notification concerning the applicant's performance on the qualifying

examination to each registered applicant by mailing exam results to the mailing

address provided by the applicant.

(b)  A copy of the applicant's exam results shall be mailed

to the applicant's Registered Sponsor at the mailing address on file with the

Board at the same time the results are mailed to the applicant.

(c)  The deadline for the Board to mail exam results shall

be 30 days after the examination.

(d)  The written notification shall be titled "Official

Notice of Examination Results" with the date of the notice printed below

the title.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 93B-8; 93D-3(c);

Eff. April 23, 1976;

Amended Eff. December 1, 2014; September 1, 2013; June 1,

2012; February 1, 1996; May 1, 1988.

 

21 NCAC 22F .0108           REVIEW OF EXAMINATION

(a)  As set forth in G.S. 93B-8(c) each

registered applicant who takes and does not pass the qualifying examination

shall be granted an opportunity to review the failed portion of the examination

that is in the custody and control of the Board in the presence of a

representative of the Board, upon written request from the applicant. 

(b)  An applicant shall make a written request

by completing the electronic form available on the Board website. The written

request shall include the applicant's name and Exam ID number, contact phone

number, e-mail address, and dates available for a review appointment.

(c)  The deadline to request an exam review

shall be 20 days after the date printed on the Official Notice of Examination

Results. 

(d)  The Board shall conduct exam reviews at

the Board's office by appointment.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 93B‑8; 93D‑3(c);

Eff. April 23, 1976;

Amended Eff. December 1, 2014; October 1, 2013; February

1, 1996; January 1, 1992; May 1, 1988.

 

21 NCAC 22F .0109           FEES

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 12‑3.1; 93D‑3;

Eff. April 23, 1976;

Repealed Eff. May 1, 1988.

 

 

 

21 NCAC 22F .0110           REFUNDS (recodified to 21 NCAC 22a

.0502 May 1, 2013)

 

21 NCAC 22F .0111           RECIPROCITY

21 NCAC 22F .0112           LICENSES

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 93D‑3; 93D‑5;

93D‑6;

Eff. April 23, 1976;

Repealed Eff. May 1, 1988.

 

 

 

21 NCAC 22F .0113           APPRENTICESHIP REQUIREMENTS

21 NCAC 22F .0114           TRAINING AND SUPERVISION

21 NCAC 22F .0115           SPONSORS' DUTIES

21 NCAC 22F .0116           SEPARATION OF APPRENTICE AND SPONSOR

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 93D-3(c); 93D-5; 93D-9; 93D-9(e);

Eff. April 23, 1976;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2012; February 1, 1996; January 1,

1992; April 1, 1989; May 1, 1988; November 4, 1980;

Repealed Eff. April 1, 2014.

 

21 NCAC 22F .0117           APPRENTICE TERMINATION

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 93D‑3; 150B‑9(c);

Eff. April 23, 1976;

Repealed Eff. May 1, 1988.

 

 

 

21 NCAC 22F .0118           CHANGE OF ADDRESS (recodified to 21

ncac 22i .0114 may 1, 2013)

 

21 NCAC 22F .0119           SPONSORS' RESIDENCE

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 93D‑3;

Eff. April 23, 1976;

Repealed Eff. May 1, 1988.

 

 

 

21 NCAC 22F .0120           CONTINUING EDUCATION

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 93D-3(c); 93D-11;

Eff. April 23, 1976;

Amended Eff. March 1, 1996; May 1, 1988;

Repealed Eff. September 1, 2013.

 

21 NCAC 22F .0121           REINSTATEMENT OF AN EXPIRED LICENSE

(a)  For those applicants seeking

reinstatement of a license that has been expired for more than 60 days but less

than five years, the applicant may satisfy the Board's requirement for annual continuing

education as a condition for license renewal by taking and passing the Board's

qualifying examination.

(b)  For those applicants seeking

reinstatement of a license that has been expired for five or more years,

evidence of satisfactory completion of the Board's annual continuing education

requirement shall consist of the applicant taking and passing the Board's

qualifying examination.

(c)  If the applicant cited in Paragraph (b)

of this Rule has continuously held a valid license to fit and sell hearing aids

in another State or jurisdiction for the five consecutive years prior to

seeking North Carolina license reinstatement, that individual shall be required

to take and pass only the portion of the Board's qualifying examination that

addresses regulatory issues.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 93D-3(c); 93D-11;

Eff. February 1, 1996.

 

 

21 NCAC 22F .0122           reciprocity

Whereas the Board is not compelled to issue any license

pursuant to G.S. 93D-6, the Board shall not issue a license by reciprocity.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 93D-3(c); 93D-5; 93D-6;

93D-9;

Recodified from 21 NCAC 22F .0104(d) Eff. May 1, 2013.

 

section .0200 - continuing education

 

21 NCAC 22F .0201           Continuing education definitions

The following definitions apply to the Rules contained in

this Section:

(1)           "CE Program" means a continuing education

presentation where attendance is monitored and the participants are required to

be present at one or more designated physical locations.  The CE Program shall

consist of sessions which may be eligible for Board-approved CEU credit.  A CE

Program may be televised or conducted via the internet only if participants

must be at a designated location where attendance is monitored by the CE

Program provider.

(2)           "CEU accrual period" means the calendar

year (January 1 through December 31) immediately preceding the March license

renewal deadline.

(3)           "CEU reporting deadline" means the tenth

day of January which immediately follows the CEU Accrual Period.

(4)           "CEU Verification Report" means the

electronic form available on the Board website (www.nchalb.org) for recording

CEU credits earned to satisfy the license renewal requirement.

(5)           "Continuing Education Unit" (CEU) means

the reporting unit used in calculating approved continuing education hours.  One-tenth

of a CEU (0.10) equals one hour of approved instruction. Ten hours of approved

instruction equals 1.00 CEU credit.  The Board-approved CEU credits are

recorded to two decimal points (for example, a session conducted for two hours

would be recorded as 0.20 CEU).

(6)           "Educational objective" means a statement

of the working knowledge or understanding of presented content that a

participant should attain upon completion of the session.

(7)           "Hour" means a full clock hour (60

minutes) of instruction and learning, excluding any time allowed for any other

activity such as meals, breaks, or business or committee meetings.

(8)           "Program application" means the Board's

official application for the purpose of program review for Board-approved CEU

credit, which is available on the Board website.

(9)           "Presentation format" means the teaching

method utilized to impart information to the participants (for example,

lecture, panel discussion, demonstration, practicum, or debate).

(10)         "Report of Attendance" means the official

attendance verification form entitled "Continuing Education Report of

Program Attendance," which is available on the website in generic form and

in specific form for approved programs and self-study.

(11)         "Self-study" means independently completed

internet-based activities or events provided by the Board, or approved by the

International Institute for Hearing Instruments Studies (IIHIS), American

Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), or American Academy of Audiology

(AAA), for at least one hour of credit that includes an internet-presented

examination pertaining to the content of the self-study session.  Self-study

may be:

(a)           live, online presentations;

(b)           prerecorded, downloaded presentations; or

(c)           text-based, downloaded readings.

(12)         "Session" means an instructional or

learning event, with at least two primary educational objectives pertaining to

a single Board topic content category, and a specific amount of time allotted

for accomplishing the specified objectives.

(13)         "Topic Content Categories" means a system

to separate Board-approved sessions by content. "Category 1" is for

amplification and hearing rehabilitation issues. "Category 2" is for

hearing loss, regulations, and consumer-related issues.  "Category 0"

is assigned to unapproved sessions in a program when other sessions in the

program are approved.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 93D-3(c); 93D-11;

Eff. September 1, 2013.

 

21 NCAC 22F .0202           Annual Continuing education

requirements

(a)  A licensee shall complete and record with the Board at

least ten hours (1.00 CEU credit) of Board-approved continuing education

annually, including at least five hours (0.50 CEU credit) classified as

Category 1 in accordance with Rule .0203 of this Section.

(b)  The CEU Accrual Period for each license renewal shall

be the calendar year preceding license renewal. CEU credit cannot be carried

over from one CEU Accrual Period to the next, even if the CEU credit earned

exceeds the license renewal requirement.

(c)  A licensee may receive CEU credit for only one of the

sessions when sessions with essentially identical content are presented at the

same or different CE Programs during any two consecutive Board CEU Accrual

Periods. The Board shall determine whether sessions have essentially identical

content by reviewing the presenters, educational objectives, and content for

each session as provided on the program application.

(d)  A licensee completing the same self-study during any

two consecutive CEU Accrual Periods shall be granted CEU credit only once.

(e)  An individual passing the licensing exam during a CEU

Accrual Period satisfies the continuing education requirement for the

corresponding license renewal.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 93D-3(c); 93D-11;

Eff. September 1, 2013.

 

21 NCAC 22f .0203           CONTENT CATEGORIES

(a)  Sessions assigned to Category 1 or Category 2, as

described herein, satisfy the continuing education requirement for license

renewal.  Category 0 sessions, as described herein, do not satisfy any part of

the continuing education requirement.

(b)  Category 1 is for amplification and hearing

rehabilitation issues, and shall be assigned to continuing education sessions

which are comprised of the following topics:

(1)           hearing aid technology:  instrument

circuitry and acoustic performance data;

(2)           earmold or shell coupling systems:  design,

selection, modifications, and ear impressions;

(3)           hearing aid selection procedures,

verification, fitting and adjustment techniques, and servicing or repairs; and

(4)           aural rehabilitation using amplification:  auditory

training, hearing aid orientation and counseling techniques, and hearing aid

validation techniques.

(c)  Category 2 is for hearing loss, regulations, and

consumer-related issues, and shall be assigned to continuing education sessions

which are comprised of the following topics:

(1)           biological, physical, and behavioral bases

underlying normal and pathological hearing processes;

(2)           detection, assessment, or monitoring of

hearing impairment (such as measurement techniques and test interpretation),

including intraoperative monitoring;

(3)           cochlear implants or implantable hearing

devices;

(4)           central auditory processing;

(5)           assistive listening devices, including FM

Systems and ancillary wireless devices;

(6)           techniques for development of speech and

language in children with hearing loss, or augmentative and alternative

communication strategies for children or adults with hearing loss;

(7)           cerumen management, dizziness, or tinnitus

as it directly pertains to persons with hearing loss;

(8)           hearing impaired consumers' views of the

hearing health care industry and consumer complaints;

(9)           infection control issues for the hearing

health care profession;

(10)         professional conduct and regulatory issues

pertaining to the fitting and selling of hearing aids; and

(11)         hearing aid business practices such as

hearing aid office management, sales contracts, and hearing aid marketing or

industry trends.

(d)  Category 0 shall be assigned to all unapproved sessions

in a continuing education program, including sessions comprised of the

following programs, activities and topics:

(1)           financial planning unrelated to the fitting

or programming of hearing instruments;

(2)           computer training unrelated to the fitting

or programming of hearing instruments;

(3)           employment contracts;

(4)           balance mechanism or tinnitus, if not

directly pertaining to persons with hearing loss;

(5)           cerumen management, if not directly

pertaining to persons with hearing loss;

(6)           training designed for license examination

preparation;

(7)           factory tours, poster sessions, open forum

sessions, and poster-type sessions conducted at a CE Program where participants

are free to determine the amount of time that they interact with multiple

presenters; and

(8)           all other topics not listed as approved for

Category 1 or Category 2.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 93D-3(c); 93D-11;

Eff. September 1, 2013.

 

21 NCAC 22F .0204           CE PROGRAM APPLICATION

(a)  Any individual or program sponsor shall submit a

program application to the Board to request Board-approved CEU credit for a CE

program.  The person designated on the Board's program application as the

program's applicant shall receive all Board communication related to program

submission and approval.

(b)  The applicant shall complete and submit a duly made

application prior to the Board's evaluation of the program for approval.  A

duly made application shall consist of responses to all information requested

on the application form, the required application fee in accordance with Rule 21

NCAC 22A .0501, a copy of the published program announcement and the published

time-ordered program agenda listing the exact time that each session begins and

ends, which sessions are divided into parts, and scheduled breaks.

(c)  The Board shall use the initial duly made application

to determine Board-approved CEU credit for the program.  The initial program

applicant shall be responsible for the accuracy of the submitted information. 

If a subsequent application for the same CE program is received by the Board

from another applicant, the Board shall respond by providing either a copy of

the Board's written notification of approval or denial of the initial

application, or written notice of the status of the initial application.

(d)  A program sponsor may seek prior approval for a CE

Program or submit a program application after the CE program date.  CE Program

sessions shall not be advertised as "approved by the Board" until

Board approval is granted.  Prior to Board approval, published announcements

shall state that "sessions have been submitted for approval."

(e)  The Board will accept one program application for a

series of CE Programs if:

(1)           the initial program starting date is more

than 30 days after the Board receives submission of the duly made application;

(2)           identical content will be presented at each

program on different dates or at different locations during the same calendar

year; and

(3)           all program dates and locations are listed

on the application.

(f)  The Board shall not accept a program application for a

series of identical CE Programs submitted after the starting date of a program

in the series pending approval.  A separate program application is required for

each program that has already occurred.  Future program dates in the series may

be combined on one application as set forth in Paragraph (e) of this Rule.

(g)  A licensee shall submit to the Board a signed Report of

Attendance with the program application when seeking Board approval for a

program after the program date.

(h)  The program sponsor shall submit to the Board a program

application with a roster of licensees who attended a CE Program when seeking

Board approval for a program after the program date.

(i)  The deadline to submit a program application shall be

the 10th day of January following the calendar year in which the program was

offered.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 93D-3(c); 93D-11;

Eff. September 1, 2013.

 

21 NCAC 22F .0205           CONTENT APPROVAL PROCESS

(a)  The Board shall use the start date of a program to

determine the CEU Accrual Period assigned to Board-approved CEU credit.  The

Board shall deny CEU credit for a program when the program application does not

list the date and location of the program.

(b)  In order for the Board to assign CEU credit, each

program application received by the Board shall subdivide the CE Program into

sessions classified according to the Topic Content Categories set forth in Rule

.0203 of this Section. The Board shall evaluate sessions for approval using the

following criteria:

(1)           the content of a session;

(A)          educational objectives clearly demonstrate relevance

to the fitting and selling of hearing aids;

(B)          presentation enhances a practitioner's knowledge of

issues relating to the fitting and selling of hearing aids; and

(C)          format includes time for questions and answers;

(2)           the length of each session and published

breaks;

(A)          no credit shall be offered for any session less than

one full hour;

(B)          for sessions lasting longer than one hour, 0.05 CEU

credit shall be issued for each additional full half-hour increment (a session

lasting one hour and 45 minutes shall be issued 0.15 CEU);

(C)          any session lasting more than three hours shall

include a published break, lasting at least 15 minutes, or the session shall be

eligible for a maximum of 0.30 CEU credit;

(D)          for every three hours of continuous presentation time

(regardless of the number of sessions presented during that time interval), a

published break must be provided in order for any additional program sessions

to be eligible for CEU credit; and

(E)           if a session is divided into parts, all such parts

must pertain to the same Board topic content category.  No single part may be

of a duration of less than one hour.  The session shall be clearly listed in

the published program agenda as being divided into parts with attendance

required at all parts in order to receive CEU credit.  A session is considered

to be divided into parts if there is a published break scheduled to interrupt

the session during the CE Program; and

(3)           the way in which attendance is monitored;

(A)          the program provider shall have a program representative

verify attendance at each session of a CE Program;

(B)          a speaker or facilitator shall be present to

actively interact with the participants and monitor attendance for sessions

relying primarily on prerecorded (audio or video) materials or computer-generated

presentations;

(C)          there shall be an announced means for participants

to ask questions during each session for all televised or telephone distance

learning presentations; and

(D)          the published program announcement shall state that

a program representative will be present at each distance learning site to

monitor attendance.

(c)  The Board shall post the processing and approval status

of an application on the Board website in addition to posting a CE Program

Report of Attendance for each approved CE Program which shows the

Board-approved CEU credit for each session of the program.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 93D-3(c); 93D-11;

Eff. September 1, 2013.

 

21 NCAC 22f .0206           APPEALS AND CE PROGRAM modification

(a)  Only the initial applicant shall possess the right to

appeal the decision of the Board.  The applicant's appeal shall include a

written statement and any supplemental documentation to support the appeal. The

appeal shall be submitted prior to the end of the CEU Accrual Period for the

program. The Board shall review the appeal using Rule 21 NCAC 22F .0205 to

determine program approval.  The Board shall respond in writing to the

applicant within 30 days.  An applicant who is not satisfied with the Board

decision after the appeal may request an administrative hearing in accordance

with 21 NCAC 22L .0103.

(b)  The program sponsor shall submit documentation to the

Board within 30 days after the CE completion date regarding any modifications

to a program approved by the Board, and shall notify program participants that

approved CEU credit is subject to change due to modifications in the agenda.

(c)  The program sponsor shall write all program

modifications in the appropriate section on the Report of Attendance and sign

the form in the area designated for CE Program modifications if any session of

an approved CE program is modified after publication of the program

announcement or after submission of the program application to the Board.

(d)  The Board may modify its approval of sessions and the

CEU credit allowed when a program is changed after receiving Board approval. 

The Board shall update the program status on the website to reflect CEU credit

changes.

(e)  The program applicant shall submit a new program

application if:

(1)           the Board approved a CE Program for

multiple dates and the content or duration of the CE Program changes after one

or more of the approved program dates have occurred.  The remaining program

dates shall constitute a new CE Program; or

(2)           the program sponsor offers a pre-approved

CE Program on additional dates.  The additional date(s) shall constitute a new

CE Program, unless the program sponsor notifies the Board within 20 days of the

canceled CE Program's date that a different date has been substituted.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 93D-3(c); 93D-11;

Eff. September 1, 2013;

Amended Eff. December 1, 2014.

 

21 NCAC 22F .0207           RECORDING CEU CREDIT

(a)  A licensee shall have proof of attendance in order to

record CEU credit with the Board:

(1)           For pre-approved CE Programs, the program

sponsor shall provide each licensee in attendance with the approved CE Program

Report of Attendance.  At the conclusion of each session, the program sponsor's

representative or the session speaker shall sign the CE Program Report of

Attendance of each licensee in attendance in the space provided for attendance

verification.  Alternatively, a program sponsor may initial or rubberstamp the

space for session attendance verification after each session and then sign the bottom

of each page of the Report of Attendance at the end of the program; or

(2)           If the CE Program is not pre-approved, the

licensee shall print a generic CE Program Report of Attendance from the Board

website and take it to the program to complete the session titles as listed on

the program sponsor’s agenda presented to participants on the day of the

continuing education event.  The licensee shall obtain the hand-written

signature of the program sponsor's representative or the session speaker on the

Report of Attendance at the end of each session.

(b)  The program applicant shall submit a roster of

licensees who attended a CE Program no later than 30 days following completion

of a pre-approved CE Program:

(1)           If the program applicant is recording CEU

credit with the Board on behalf of licensees, the payment of the recording fee as

set forth in Rule 21 NCAC 22A .0501 and an original Report of Attendance for

each licensee shall accompany the submission of the roster; or

(2)           If licensees are responsible for recording

CEU credit with the Board, including paying the recording fee, the program

applicant shall provide the original signed Report of Attendance form to each

licensee at the end of the program, and shall submit only the roster.

(c)  The Board shall accept the Board form entitled "Continuing

Education Report of Program Attendance" for attendance verification when

recording CEU credit.  The Board shall reject certificates of attendance issued

by any entity other than the Board as proof of attendance or as verification of

CEU credit earned.

(d)  A licensee shall record CE Program CEU credit with the

Board by submitting all of the following:

(1)           an electronic CEU Verification Report;

(2)           an original Report of Attendance; and

(3)           a recording fee for each CE Program as set

forth in Rule 21 NCAC 22A .0501.

(e)  A licensee shall record self-study CEU credit with the

Board as set forth in Rule .0208 of this Section.

(f)  The Board shall accept an electronic image of the

Report of Attendance as the original Report of Attendance when submitted

electronically in conjunction with a CEU Verification Report or a roster.

(g)  A licensee shall record sufficient Board-approved CEU

credit to satisfy the continuing education requirement for license renewal by

the CEU reporting deadline, which is the 10th day of January immediately

following the CEU Accrual Period.

(h)  A licensee's failure to record sufficient CEU credit

with the Board by the CEU reporting deadline shall be grounds for disciplinary

action.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 93D-3(c); 93D-11; 93D-13;

Eff. September 1, 2013.

 

21 NCAC 22F .0208           SELF-STUDY

(a)  Self-study may be completed to satisfy up to all 10

hours of the continuing education requirement during each CEU Accrual Period.

(b)  Each self-study event shall be one session and up to 10

sessions completed in the same CEU Accrual Period may be reported on one self-study

Report of Attendance as a self-study Program.

(c)  A licensee shall record self-study CEU credit with the

Board by submitting all of the following:

(1)           an electronic CEU Verification Report;

(2)           a completed self-study Report of

Attendance;

(3)           an official transcript listing the licensee's

score of 80 percent or greater on an internet-presented examination pertaining

to the content of the self-study activity; and

(4)           the recording fee as set forth in Rule 21

NCAC 22A .0501 for each self-study program.

(d)  The Board shall accept electronic images of the self-study

Report of Attendance and official transcripts when submitted electronically in

conjunction with the CEU Verification Report.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 93D-3(c); 93D-11;

Eff. September 1, 2013.

 

21 NCAC 22F .0209           CONTINUING EDUCATION RECORDS

(a)  The Board shall maintain a cumulative record of the CEU

credit recorded for each licensee during the three most recent CEU Accrual Periods.

(b)  A summary of recorded CEU credits may be viewed on the

Board website.  A request for a full copy of a licensee's CEU record, including

copies of the original forms submitted for the three most recent CEU Accrual

Periods, is subject to the provisions of G.S. 132-6.

(c)  The Board shall destroy all records of program

applications and CEU credits reported to the Board no sooner than five years

after such records are received by the Board.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 93D-3(c); 93D-11; 93D-13;

Eff. September 1, 2013.

 

SECTION .0300 – APPRENTICESHIPS

 

21 NCAC 22F .0301           APPRENTICESHIP REQUIREMENTS

(a)  An individual who seeks a license under G.S. 93D shall

complete "one full year of apprenticeship" as defined in 21 NCAC 22A

.0401, unless the individual is eligible for waiver of the apprenticeship

requirement under G.S. 93D-5(c).

(b)  Under the supervision of the proposed sponsor, an

individual shall complete the apprentice registration application and pay the

fee as set forth in 21 NCAC 22A .0501.

(c)  An apprentice may perform duties within the scope of

practice for a Hearing Aid Specialist under the registered sponsor's

supervision only after the apprentice certificate is approved and posted on the

Board's website.

(d)  For an apprenticeship issued prior to the effective

date of this Rule, the registered sponsor shall provide general supervision to

the apprentice until the expiration date of the apprentice certificate.  For

any renewal of an apprenticeship or issuance of an apprenticeship after the

effective date of this Rule, the registered sponsor shall provide supervision

in accordance with 21 NCAC 22F .0302.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 93D-1.1; 93D-3(c); 93D-5; 93D-9;

Eff. April 1, 2014.

 

21 NCAC 22F .0302           SPONSOR's DUTIES

(a)  The registered sponsor shall assist the apprentice in

submitting all required applications and reports of the apprenticeship

experience and shall act as a liaison between the Board and the apprentice.

(b)  In accepting an apprentice, the registered sponsor

shall be responsible for the conduct of the apprentice in his performance of

his duties as an apprentice.

(c)  The registered sponsor shall provide an apprentice personal

supervision until receiving an Official Notice of Examination Results

confirming that the apprentice successfully passed Part A, Part B, and Part C

of the licensing exam, and then the registered sponsor shall provide an

apprentice general supervision for the remainder of the apprenticeship.  A

registered sponsor providing general supervision may incorporate direct or

personal supervision at the discretion of the registered sponsor.  General,

direct, and personal supervision are specifically defined in 21 NCAC 22A .0401.

(d)  The registered sponsor shall provide apprentice

training and supervision in the following areas:

(1)           anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the

auditory mechanism;

(2)           measurement techniques and test

interpretation for assessment of hearing impairment and hearing handicap;

(3)           hearing aid technology including instrument

circuitry and acoustic performance data;

(4)           design, selection, and modification of

earmold or shell coupling systems;

(5)           hearing aid selection procedures and

fitting, verification, and adjustment techniques;

(6)           post-delivery care including hearing aid orientation

and counseling techniques and hearing aid servicing;

(7)           ethical conduct and regulatory issues

concerning the fitting and selling of hearing aids; and

(8)           all areas within the scope of practice as

defined in G.S. 93D-1.1.

(e)  Failure by a registered sponsor to properly train or

supervise an apprentice shall be grounds for disciplinary action after proper

notice and hearing as set forth in Subchapter 22L.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 93D-1.1; 93D-3(c); 93D-9; 93D-13;

Eff. April 1, 2014.

 

21 NCAC 22F .0303           CERTIFICATE EXPIRATION

(a) The initial apprentice registration certificate, and any

subsequently issued replacement certificates issued within the first year of apprenticeship,

shall expire after the apprentice has held a valid certificate for a total of

365 days.

(b)  When an apprentice registers for the licensing

examination in accordance with 21 NCAC 22A .0503(d), the Board shall extend the

apprentice registration certificate, at no additional charge to the apprentice. 

The extended certificate shall expire 30 days after the date on the Official

Notice of Examination Results for the apprentice.

(c)  An apprentice registration certificate obtained by

renewal in accordance with 21 NCAC 22A .0501(2) shall expire 30 days after the

date on the Official Notice of Examination Results of the next available exam.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 93D-3(c); 93D-5; 93D-9;

Eff. April 1, 2014.

 

21 NCAC 22F .0304           EARLY TERMINATION OF APPRENTICESHIP

(a)  If the apprentice or registered sponsor terminates the

apprenticeship for any reason, the apprentice certificate shall be invalid and

the apprentice shall cease to perform duties within the scope of practice for a

Hearing Aid Specialist until a valid certificate is issued by the Board.

(b)  If the apprentice fails to work at least 27 hours per

week for two consecutive weeks during the apprenticeship period, the registered

sponsor shall terminate the apprenticeship and notify the Board as provided in

Paragraph (c) of this Rule.

(c)  No later than 14 days after termination of the

apprenticeship the following shall occur:

(1)           the apprentice and registered sponsor shall

return all copies of the apprentice certificate to the office of the Board;

(2)           the registered sponsor shall notify the

Board in writing of the termination of the apprenticeship; and

(3)           the registered sponsor and apprentice shall

submit a Report of Apprenticeship Experience in accordance with Rule .0305 of

this Subchapter.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 93D-1.1; 93D-3(c); 93D-5;

93D-9;

Eff. April 1, 2014.

 

21 NCAC 22f .0305           report of apprenticeship experience

(a)  The Report of Apprenticeship Experience form shall be

available on the Board's website (www.nchalb.org) to

report supervised training and one full year of apprenticeship as defined in 21

NCAC 22A .0401 including:

(1)           contact information for apprentice and

registered sponsor;

(2)           verification of training;

(3)           verification of at least 27 hours of work

per week; and

(4)           a sworn statement of both the apprentice

and sponsor that information submitted to the Board is true and accurate.

(b)  The registered sponsor and the apprentice shall jointly

submit a Report of Apprenticeship Experience no later than 14 days following

the date that any of the following conditions exist:

(1)           the apprentice held a valid apprentice

registration certificate for 365 days;

(2)           the apprentice or registered sponsor terminates

the apprenticeship for any reason; or

(3)           the Board issues a written request for the

submission of a Report of Apprenticeship Experience to the registered sponsor

or apprentice.

(c)  If an apprentice or sponsor is not cooperative in

completing the joint report, the other party shall submit a report with an explanation

by the submission deadline.

(d)  Failure to submit a Report of Apprenticeship Experience

as required in this Rule shall be grounds for disciplinary action after proper

notice and hearing.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 93D-1.1; 93D-3; 93D-9;

93D-13;

Eff. April 1, 2014.

 

21 NCAC 22f .0306           APPRENTICE DISCIPLINE

(a)  Apprentices shall comply with the Rules set forth in

this Chapter, including the code of ethics as set forth in Subchapter 22J, and

with the provisions set forth in Chapter 93D of the General Statutes of North

Carolina.

(b)  The Board shall refer all matters on noncompliance to

the Committee on Investigations as set forth in Subchapter 22L. The Committee

on Investigations shall determine whether sufficient grounds exist to:

(1)           invalidate an apprentice registration certificate;

(2)           deny future applications for issuance or

renewal of an apprentice registration certificate; or

(3)           deny, suspend or revoke a license or

registration of the Registered Sponsor after proper notice and hearing.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 93D-1.1; 93D-3; 93D-9;

93D-13;

Eff. April 1, 2014.