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Hearing Aid Salesperson Permit 

Who Needs This Permit? 
Any salesperson in Nova Scotia engaged in testing, fitting and sales of hearing aids and accessories, irrespective of the method of sale (direct or from a retail store). 
Issuing Department / Agency: 
Service Nova Scotia
Where can you get this Permit and / or further information? 
  Contact: Business Licensing Section
Service Nova Scotia
  Telephone: 902-424-5200 (in metro)
  Toll-free: 1-800-670-4357 (within Nova Scotia)
  Visit: By Appointment Only - 902-424-5552
Application Forms & Process: 
Note:  There are a number of steps, listed below, to be completed before an application for this permit can be accepted.

You can get a form to apply for this permit by: 
       (1) downloading a form from our website; 
       (2) visiting any Access Nova Scotia Centre; or 
       (3) calling the office listed above. 

Regardless of the process used to apply for this licence, permit, registration or certificate, you must send in the signed original application containing your signature in ink. If a signed copy is not submitted, you will be requested to do so which may lead to a delay in the issuance process.

Information you will need to fill out your application form:

  • Your prospective employer's name, address.
  • Details are required if you have
  • ever been licensed under any federal or provincial statute
  • had a licence refused, suspended or revoked
  • been involved in a personal or corporate bankruptcy
  • unpaid judgements outstanding
  • been convicted of a offence under the law and not been pardoned
  • Your employment history for the past three years.

Applicants may apply for this permit in one of two methods:

    1. complete a 6-month apprenticeship under the supervision of a licensed hearing aid dealer, and provide written confirmation of that apprenticeship from the person who provided the training.
    2. successfully write the International Licensing Exam (ILE);

      Note: Although it is not required, a candidate may wish to undertake the Institute of Hearing Instrument Studies Correspondence Course, and take the course examination, in preparation for taking the ILE.  Information on the course is available from the office listed above.

    3. take a practical (live subject) exam supervised by the N.S. Hearing and Speech Clinic. Arrangements to undertake the practical exam are made by the Business Licensing Section
      Note: you cannot take the practical exam until you have passed the written exam.

  2. Anyone who has a master's degree in audiology and has Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) certification in Audiology is exempt from the above noted training requirements, provided that they can verify both their degree and certification. Applicants must include copies of both their Master's Degree and SAC certification with the eligible for approval.

    Only after all those steps have been completed will an application for this Permit be accepted.

    The application form must be signed by an official of the company for whom the applicant will be selling, and then submitted to the Department, along with the applicable fee (see Price below).

If all requirements are met and the application is approved, the permit will be mailed to the applicant. 

Waiting Period: 
10 business days
Provided that all the items that must accompany the application have been received
(Please allow several extra days for mail delivery.)
Expiry & Renewal: 
This permit will be valid until the expiry date of the permit held by the sponsoring company.  It can be renewed, the Department will send a renewal notice, but it is NOT sent to the individual permit holder. Instead, it is included in the notice which is sent to the licensed company for whom the individual works. 
Price & Payment: (No tax is charged)

Permit:  $52.95 per year

NOTE: The permit that is granted to a salesperson expires at the same time as the business licence granted to the sponsoring company in the first year of licensing. This means that an initial licence may be granted for a period of less than one year. The fee is pro-rated quarterly within the licensing year of each company. It will be necessary to contact the Licensing Section to determine the fee amount.

When you send in an application form, payment is by Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit card, cheque, or money order made payable to the Minister of Finance.

Related Requirements: 
Additional Information: 
Who is regulated under the Direct Sellers' Regulation Act? 
Companies and individuals engaged in testing, fitting, and sales of hearing aids, irrespective of the method of sale or the dollar amount. 

What is regulated? 
(1) All sales of hearing aids irrespective of the circumstances of the sale (does not have to be a direct sale). 
(2) The minimum educational / training standards of individuals selling hearing aids. 
(3) The contents of contracts. 

Legislative Authority: 
Direct Sellers' Regulation Act, Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1999, Chapter 8

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