Historical first - professional registration for Educational Audiologists
The first ever professional registration for Educational Audiologists has been announced by the British Association of Educational Audiologists (BAEA). The voluntary registration is with UK's Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP) who enforce high standards of practice and maintain a public database of registrants for six disciplines.
Guidance for Educational Audiologists to register with RCCP
Three registration options are outlined on the RCCP website:
- The "Graduate Registration" option is for 2018 (and beyond) PGDip Ed Aud graduates who are automatically eligible because of course accreditation. This route will open after exam board in late July.
- The "Standard Registration" option will apply from 2020 and beyond, to applicants who are 2 years postgraduation, from an accredited course.
- The "Equivalency Registration" option is for all others (NB: 6 years of practice is inclusive of Teacher of the Deaf experience). This route will open for all Ed Auds, once Educational Audiology Scrutineers have been put in place.
The online application can be accessed at https://www.rccp.co.uk/articles/87/How-to-Submit-anApplication-to-the-Register
As you will see, the link to guidance notes refers only to Graduate registration and not Equivalency. The "application type" drop-down menu on the online application lists 3 types: Student, Graduate, Standard (for all others).
Equivalency route applicants should choose "standard" and RCCP scrutineers will recognise the application as "equivalence route" at this time. The application must include:
- Certificate for MSc or PGDip Educational Audiology
- Work experience descriptors
- Reference from workplace line manager (even if not an Ed Aud)
- DBS disclosure
- Two proposers who are either RCCP-registered proposers (Educational Audiologist, Hearing Therapist or Audiologist) or HCPC-registered Clinical Scientist or Hearing Aid Dispenser.