Amplify your voice by becoming a member of HIPSBC
Through our partnership with the Canadian Hearing Instrument Practitioners Society (CHIPS) and the International Hearing Society (IHS), we connect and empower individual members by creating a unified voice to deal with the policy, legislative, regulatory and consumer issues that affect the profession and our patients. Through provincial and national grassroots initiatives, we advance the role of hearing instrument practitioners – thus improving the hearing health and quality of life for British Colombians.
Membership delivers important benefits, paying for itself in the value delivered through:
- Conferences and Professional Growth
- Professional development and advanced learning opportunities, providing continuing competency credits or advanced certifications.
- Reduced rates at the annual Western Canadian Symposium – an important learning and networking event held every other year in BC.
- Professional development and advanced learning opportunities.
- Career and recruitment opportunities.
- Networking and resource sharing.
Who Can Be a Member?
Membership is open to all registered Hearing Instrument Practitioners in British Columbia including registered dispensing Audiologists.
HIPSBC members are actively engaged in service to their fellow practitioners and to hearing impaired individuals in their communities. They provide services for the testing, selection and fitting of hearing aids, as well as ongoing follow-up care and counseling.
The Hearing Instrument Practitioners Society of BC (HIPSBC) works closely with the Canadian Hearing Instrument Practitioners Society (CHIPS), the national association, and the International Hearing Society, in joint efforts to raise professional standards, implement best clinical practice and advocate on behalf of the hearing impaired
Hearing Instrument Practitioners must pass provincial examinations and meet appropriate training requirements. Additionally, HIPSBC members are required to maintain their professional competency through continuing education. These criteria assure the general public that HIPSBC members are committed to meeting the highest standards of professional healthcare.
As a condition of membership, HIPSBC members must pledge to abide by the Society’s Code of Ethics. The Code sets standards of professional integrity and practice including relationships with patients, colleagues and the general public, as well as rules governing advertising. Adherence to these standards is required, and by violating any part a member is subject to removal from the Society
The annual dues of $350 guarantees your access to all the value-added benefits HIPSBC, CHIPS and IHS provide.