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Continuing Education

12 Hours Every Year

hearing aid specialist

To maintain licensure, hearing aid specialists must complete a minimum of 12 hours of approved continuing education each year.

Credit hours obtained in excess of those required for the one-year reporting period may not be carried forward. A licensee’s continuing education requirements remain in effect during the time a license is inactive.

Each licensee shall document compliance with the continuing education requirement through attestation on the license renewal application. and may be subject to audit.
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Approved Continuing Education

Approved continuing education must be obtained by participation in or attendance at a course provided by an accredited college or university, a course or program approved by the International Hearing Society or an agency pre-approved course or program.

Continuing education must address subject matter specifically related to dealing in hearing aids as set forth in ORS 694.015(2) and OAR 331-620-0005(6).
CE credit will be awarded based on the following criteria:
(a) Completion and passing of academic courses taken from an accredited college or university are awarded 15 hours for each semester-based credit earned, 14 hours for each trimester-based credit earned or 10 hours for each quarter-based credit earned;
(b) Completion of professional courses which meet academic course requirements in content, instruction and evaluation will be assigned 15 hours for each semester-based credit earned, 14 hours for each trimester-based credit earned or 10 hours for each quarter-based credit earned; and
(c) Courses that do not meet standards as set forth in paragraphs (a) and (b) above, such as workshops, symposiums, seminars, laboratory exercises, or any applied experience with or without formal classroom work may be assigned credit at the rate of one hour for each hour of attendance.
No more than three hours may be earned in one year for courses in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Licensees must complete a two hour course in safety and infection control once every two years.
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Documentation supporting compliance with continuing education requirements must be maintained for a period of two years following renewal, and must be available to the agency upon request.
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Approved Courses

To obtain pre-approval of continuing education courses please submit a completed continuing education approval request form (below) to the Oregon Health Licensing Agency (OHLA). 

Continuing Education Approval Request Form (Word .DOC)
Individual courses must be submitted for agency approval prior to the date of the training.  Please see requirements above for information on the pre-approval process. 
Features a course library of over 500 continuing education courses spanning roughly two dozen topics related to hearing healthcare. There are three types of courses:  live eSeminars, self-study recorded courses, and self-study text courses. 
International Institute for Hearing Instrument Studies  
The institute is responsible for accrediting the International Hearing Society's education programs, including online distance learning courses and tests provided at the link above. 
CPR, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens Training
Blood borne pathogen courses must be compliant with U.S. Federal guidelines 29 CFR 1910.1030.  CPR, first aid and blood borne pathogens training may be obtained through hands-on, online or blended course instruction.
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