Before a Hearing Aid Audiologist can practice in the private sector and dispense hearing aids they must have passed either a Foundation Degree in Audiology at a university approved by Health and Care Professions Council or passed the examinations of the now defunct Hearing Aid Council and completed 850 hours of post examination training. They must then register with the Health and Care Professions Council. For a detailed list of HCPC approved courses click this link
If you want information on careers in the NHS please refer to the British Society of Audiology.
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The HCPC has an aptitude test which will allow those with relevant qualifications and work experience to join the HCPC register as hearing aid dispensers. The test is primarily aimed at those currently dispensing in the NHS or abroad and who wish to work in the private sector. Information is published on the HCPC website explaining how to apply for the test and what it involves. The test is being organised by Queen Margaret University, in Edinburgh and Southampton University and will be recognised by the HCPC.