Hearing Aid Salesperson Permit

Apply for a Hearing Aid Salesperson Permit. You need the permit to test, fit and sell hearing aids and accessories. Your employer needs to be a licensed hearing aid dealer with a retail outlet in Nova Scotia. You also need to satisfy educational requirements.

By law, you must have a Hearing Aid Salesperson Permit to test, fit or sell hearing aids and accessories on behalf of a licensed hearing aid dealer. Sales methods include direct sales or through a retail store.

Eligibility

You need to be 19 or older to apply. Your employer needs to have the Hearing Aid Dealer Permit.

You also need to meet 1 of the following educational standards:

Contact the Business Licensing Section for application options if you’re currently licensed in another Canadian province or territory (or were previously licensed in another country), unsure about your experience equivalency or can’t get your degree information.

How to apply

Applying with a master’s degree in audiology

  1. Complete the application form.
  2. Check the application for details on all required supporting documents.
  3. Include your registration number with the Nova Scotia College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists.
  4. Include payment with your application.
  5. Send your completed application, supporting documents and payment by mail or fax.

Applying with a 6-month apprenticeship with a licensed hearing aid dealer

  1. Complete the application form.
  2. Check the application for details on all required supporting documents.
  3. Include a letter of completion for your apprenticeship with a licensed hearing aid dealer. A representative of the licensed hearing aid company needs to write the letter. The letter needs to state your name, the name of the hearing aid company and confirmation that you competed at least 6 months in an apprenticeship role.
  4. Include payment with your application.
  5. Send your completed application, supporting documents and payment by mail or fax.
  6. Department of Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services arranges for you to take the written International Licensing Exam through the International Hearing Society and the practical exam through a speech clinic at Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres.
  7. Once you pass the International Licensing Exam, you’re cleared to take the practical exam at Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres. The Department of Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services notifies the speech clinic to make arrangements for your practical exam.
  8. When the speech clinic confirms you passed the practical exam, the Department of Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services issues the permit.

How long it takes

It should take 2 weeks for your employer to get your permit. It can take longer if more information is needed or if your application hasn’t been filled in correctly.

Cost

Activity Fee
Permit $52.95

The cost is prorated if you get your permit at a different time than your employer.

Payment options

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, cheque, money order. A cheque or money order should be made payable to the Minister of Finance. Payment options may vary depending on how you apply.

Before you start

Make sure you have:

  • signature of your employer, who must be an officer (or designate) of a licensed hearing aid dealer
  • business operating name and address of your employer
  • Registry of Joint Stock Companies number of your employer
  • your 3-year employment history

Application form


Renewal

The hearing aid dealer needs to renew your Hearing Aid Salesperson Permit by 31 January each year. They should get a renewal notice in the mail before the renewal date. Renewal of the individual seller is at the discretion of the hearing aid dealer.