Qualifications For Licensure Audiologists
To qualify for a full license in audiology, an applicant must:
- Submit to fingerprinting.
- Effective January 1, 2008, hold a doctoral degree or equivalent in audiology from an accredited educational institution. (Prior to January 1, 2008, hold a masterís degree or equivalent in audiology from an accredited educational institution.)
- Have completed 300 hours of supervised clinical practicum in three different clinical settings.
- Have completed the 4th year externship under the direction of an audiology doctoral program. (Prior to January 1, 2008, completed 36 weeks of full-time or 72 weeks of part-time supervised Required Professional Experience (RPE).)
- Effective January 1, 2013, pass the national audiology exam administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) Praxis Series with a minimum score of 170. (Prior to January 1, 2013 the minimum passing score was 600.) The exam must not be more than five years old. You must authorize ETS to report your test score to our Board using Report Code R8544.
For further information pertaining to the national examination dates and locations or to obtain a bulletin containing the examination information, visit www.ets.org/praxis.
FOUR PATHWAYS TO LICENSURE:
Required Professional Experience (RPE)
If you are applying for your temporary RPE license, all coursework and your clinical practicum hours must be completed.
Licensed in Another State
Must possess an active and current license from another state. If you also hold a current ASHA certification, you must use Option #2.
Previously Licensed in California
Held a license in California that expired more than 5 years ago.
Completed education in a foreign country (including Canada)
Dispensing Hearing Aids:
If you wish to dispense hearing aids, you must take and pass the California hearing aid dispensers written and practical licensing examinations. Please see examination information under the Applicant-Hearing Hearing Aid Dispensing page.