Hearing Aid Specialist Apprentice
Please visit our Licensing Overview & FAQs page for information on how we process applications. License descriptions below include required fees, but a detailed overview of all fees may be found on our Licensing Fees page.
HAS Apprentice License
- Eligibility: Any applicant seeking to practice in Nevada as a Hearing Aid Specialist Apprentice or treat a Nevada resident, regardless of residency or licensure status in another state, in order to complete the education, examination, and certification requirements established by the Board to qualify for licensure as a Hearing Aid Specialist.
- Education: Minimum high school diploma/equivalent to obtain license. Upon issuance of the license, the licensee must complete a 2-year in-service training program under the supervision of a licensed, qualified sponsor. An apprentice who has completed a formal education program in hearing instrument sciences is exempt from the in-service training requirements.
- Sponsorship: Must obtain a Sponsor who is a licensed, qualified Dispensing Audiologist or Hearing Aid Specialist. The Apprentice and Sponsor must work for the same employer during the Apprentice’s in-service training. An Apprentice Sponsorship & Training Agreement, signed by the applicant and the sponsor, must be submitted with the application for licensure.
- Certification: None required at application but requires NBC-HIS Certification for conversion to Standard HAS license upon completion of Apprentice training.
- Examination(s): None.
- Jurisprudence Exam: Not required at this time, however an optional exam is currently offered with plans to make this mandatory in the near future. All current and potential licensees should be familiar with the practice act and rules under which they are applying or licensed to work.
- Term Limit: May not be held longer than 3 years.
- Renewal: Expires 1 year from date of initial licensure. May be renewed annually for 2 additional 1-year periods.
- Continuing Education Required for Renewal: At least 10 hours annually based on the license expiration date and directly pertaining to the HAS profession. At least 1 of the 10 hours must relate to ethics, cultural competence, cultural humility, culturally responsive practices or diversity, equity, and inclusion. More information may be found on our Continuing Education page.
- Conversion: May be converted to Standard HAS license on submission of all of the following:
- Apprentice On-Site Training Completion & Competency Evaluation completed by Sponsor;
- Documentation of award of NBC-HIS Certification;
- Successful completion of required written and practical dispensing examinations;
- Payment of conversion fee. More information may be found on our Conversions page.
- Apprentice in Charge of Office: Per NAC 637B.0398 (4) "An apprentice shall not maintain, run or operate an office or a satellite office in which hearing aids are fitted and dispensed without the approval of the Board." Any application indicating this will be held pending a review by the Board at its next regular meeting.
- Official academic transcripts must be sent directly to the Board via mail or electronically from the educational institution if holding an associate degree or higher. A copy of a high school diploma/equivalent may be uploaded in the online application.
- Apprentice Sponsorship & Training Agreement must be completed, signed by both Apprentice and Sponsor, and uploaded in the online application.
- Military affiliation documentation (if applicable) must be uploaded in the online application to receive a 50% discount on initial licensing fees.
License & Application Fee: $250.00