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Licensing RequirementsIn order to become licensed, an applicant must submit:
BOARD OF MEDICAL EXAMINERS
HEARING AID DISPENSERS EXAMINING COMMITTEE
P.O. BOX 45038
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY 07101
Applicants for licensure to fit and dispense hearing aids in New Jersey must successfully complete a written and practical examination, except for applicants who qualify for licensure by endorsement.The examination, the New Jersey rules and regulations sections, and the practical examination are given semiannually on or about the second Friday of the months of March and September.
ELIGIBILITY TO TAKE THE EXAMINATION
TEMPORARY LICENSE: N.J.S.A. 45:9A-16a and N.J.A.C.13:35-8.4
The purpose of this limited license is to allow those applicants who have previously completed the required training and have the experience to work, under the supervision of a New Jersey licensed dispenser (sponsor), while waiting for the next scheduled licensure examination. A temporary license also gives the applicant an opportunity to improve his or her skills and to prepare for the written and practical examinations.
Applicants who can provide proof of at least two years of prior training and experience from another jurisdiction may be considered for a temporary license under the sponsorship of a New Jersey licensed hearing aid dispenser, or DIRECT EXAMINATION. Acceptable documentation (when appropriate) includes: 1) verification of licensure, Hearing Aid Dispensers(HAD) Form 13; 2) a letter from a former employer indicating the date of employment, the number of hours worked per day, the number of days worked per week and the number of hearing aids you fitted and dispensed; and 3) any other pertinent documentation and/or information you wish to have considered as proof of your experience. Applicants approved for DIRECT EXAMINATION are not required to obtain a sponsor.
TRAINING PERMIT: N.J.S.A.45:9A-16b and N.J.A.C.13:35-8.3
The purpose of this limited license is to allow applicants an opportunity to obtain the necessary six months' training and experience under the direct supervision of a sponsoring New Jersey licensed hearing aid dispenser. Applicants committed to train continuously on a full-time basis (at least 40 hours per week), and who complete such training in six months, will satisfy the training requirements to take the examination.
Those committed to train on a part-time basis (at least 20 hours per week) will need 12 months to complete the requirements. Less than 20 hours of training during a given week shall not be creditable toward the 1,040 hours of required training.
When part-time is indicated, the sponsor and the applicant are required to submit an affidavit indicating the number of hours per day and days per week the applicant will be training and/or dispensing under the direct supervision of the sponsor at the sponsor's business location. The affidavit must show the day of the week, followed by the starting and quitting times, and total hours, e.g., "Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. -- 3 hours, Friday 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. -- 3 hours," etc. Also included in the affidavit must be the applicant's present work schedule.
LICENSURE BY ENDORSEMENT
Applicants for licensure by endorsement, must submit or have submitted on their behalf, the following documentation/information:
The Committee recognized that audiologists may gain some hands-on experience fitting and dispensing hearing aids while pursuing their master's degree and, in some cases, during their clinical fellowship year (CFY). Therefore, the Committee will, upon adequate documentation, accept such experience as credit toward the two years' experience requirement for a temporary license and/or to take the examination.
Upon verification that an applicant for temporary license or "direct examination" currently holds an unlimited license to practice audiology in New Jersey, the following procedure and policy applies regarding credit for training and experience:
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