Health regulation is enacted by the provincial government to protect the public from incompetent and unethical practice. The College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia (the College) regulates three health professions: Audiology, Hearing Instrument Dispensing and Speech-Language Pathology. We ensure each of the approximate 1500 professionals regulated has met minimum requirements in the following areas: academic; clinical practicum; and continuing education/competencies. We validate that the applicant is not an impostor, is qualified to practice, is entitled to work in Canada, has adequate professional liability insurance and whether or not he/she has a criminal record.
The College is funded entirely by fees paid by the professionals we regulate. The Board of the College is comprised of eight elected professionals and four public representatives appointed by the government. Thus the term self-regulation is often used to describe the model of health regulation in British Columbia.