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.
If a company or person is found guilty of an offence under the Direct Sellers’ Regulation Act, they can be fined up to $10,000.
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:
- master’s degree in audiology and be registered with the Nova Scotia College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
- 6-month apprenticeship with a licensed hearing aid dealer and completion of the International Licensing Exam (ILE) and successful completion of the practical exam
How to apply
- Complete the application form.
- Check the application for details on all required supporting documents.
- Include an official copy of your educational credentials (that meet required eligibility educational standards).
- Include payment with your application.
- Send your completed application, supporting documents and payment by mail or fax.
- If you need to complete the International Licensing Exam, arrangements are made for you to take the written exam (through the International Hearing Society) and the practical exam (with the Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Clinic).
- Once you pass the International Licensing Exam you’re cleared to do the practical exam (Service Nova Scotia notifies the speech clinic to make arrangements for your exam).
- Speech clinic confirms you’ve passed the practical exam and Service Nova Scotia 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.
The cost is prorated if you get your permit at a different time than your employer.
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
The hearing aid dealer needs to renew your Hearing Aid Salesperson Permit by January 31 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.