The pathway to licensure as a hearing aid provider for veterans and members of the military may be through original licensure or licensure by endorsement. Veterans and members of the military seeking licensure should review Rule 1.10: Credit for Military Education, Training, or Experience. All applicants should also review the Hearing Aid Provider Application Checklist, as well as all other relevant statutes and rules.
For individuals who have relevant military experience and who currently hold a hearing aid provider license (in good standing) from another U.S. state or jurisdiction, licensure requirements are listed in Rule 1.2: Licensure by Endorsement. Rule 1.2(D) specifies military experience that generally conforms to the scope of practice of Colorado-licensed hearing aid providers may be credited towards active practice requirements that substitute for minimum education, examination, or certificate requirements.
For individuals who do not currently hold a hearing aid provider license from another U.S. state or jurisdiction, licensure requirements are listed in Rule 1.1: Original Licensure. Additionally, pursuant to Rule 1.10(E) (Credit for Military Education, Training, or Experience), relevant military experience may be credited towards the minimum amount of experience required for applicants who have not passed the National Competency Examination and who do not hold an associate‚ degree in hearing aid fitting and dispensing (passing of an approved entry-level examination is still required).
Other helpful information for veterans and members of the military can be found on DORA‚ main Military and Veterans Programs site. This website also contains information for relocated military spouses.
If you have questions on licensing of veterans or members of the military, please contact Laura.Bravo@state.co.us