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(a) The qualifying examination provided in Section 34-14-4 shall be designed to demonstrate the applicant's adequate technical qualifications by testing the applicant in three separate sections consisting of a written examination, a practical examination, and a state law examination. The board may revise standards for the qualifying examination, so long as the following minimum requirements are satisfied:
(1) Written examination scores from states with existing reciprocity agreements with the board are considered valid for 12 months from the date of examination in the other state if the examination is determined by the board to be similar in content to the qualifying examination required for licensure in this state.
(2) An applicant who fails one or more sections of the qualifying examination may retest failed sections for the qualifying examination in the following manner:
a. An applicant who fails the written examination section shall retake the entire written examination section.
b. An applicant who fails the Alabama law section shall retake the entire Alabama law section.
c. An applicant who fails the practical examination section shall be retested in only those portions of the practical examination that he or she failed.
d. An applicant who fails to successfully complete a retest pursuant to paragraphs a., b., or c., or any combination of these, may retake the entire three-section qualifying examination within one year from the initial test.
(b) The three-section qualifying examination may not include questions requiring a medical or surgical education. The purpose of the examination, at a minimum, is to provide the opportunity for a person with a high school level education, or its equivalent, with appropriate study through the apprentice training program and training and supervision under the direction of a licensed dispenser, to enter the profession.
(c) The practical examination section of the qualifying examination shall include all of the following areas:
(1) Pretest procedure.
(2) Pure tone air conduction and masking.
(3) Pure tone bone conduction and masking.
(4) Speech audiometry and masking.
(5) Ear impressions.
(6) Audiogram interpretation and fitting.
(7) Troubleshooting hearing aids.
(a) An applicant who fulfills the requirements regarding age, character, education, and health, as set forth in subsection (a) of Section 34-14-4, may obtain an apprentice permit upon application to the board and payment of any required application and permit fees as prescribed by rule of the board.
(b) Upon receiving an application as provided under this section and accompanied by the required fees, the board shall issue an apprentice permit which shall entitle the applicant to engage in the fitting and sale of hearing instruments for a period of one year under the direct supervision of a person holding a valid Alabama dispenser license or hearing aid specialist license, when designated by the sponsor, provided the apprentice has successfully completed the International Institute for Hearing Instrument Studies distance learning program. A sponsoring dispenser is responsible for the actions and training of the apprentice. An apprentice permit may be renewed for an additional year, upon terms and conditions established by the board. An applicant may not be issued a second permit within a five-year period following the expiration date of the initial permit.
(c) An apprentice or applicant who successfully completes the hearing aid specialist examination may obtain a hearing aid specialist license upon application to the board, and payment of the required fees, which shall entitle the applicant to engage in the sale or fitting of hearing instruments until January 30th of the following year under the direct supervision of a person holding a current Alabama hearing aid dispenser's license. The licensed dispenser shall be totally responsible for the supervision of all activities of the hearing aid specialist pertaining to the sale and fitting of hearing instruments.
(d) The dispenser who is responsible for the supervision and training of an apprentice shall not have more than four apprentices under his or her supervision at any time. There shall be no limitations on the number of hearing aid specialists a dispenser may have under his or her supervision at any given time.
(e) The dispenser responsible for the supervision and training of any apprentice or hearing aid specialist shall be subject to administrative actions with respect to licensure and to civil liability for all actions of an apprentice or hearing aid specialist under his or her supervision when the apprentice or hearing aid specialist engages in unethical, prohibited, fraudulent, deceptive, and misleading conduct involving the fitting and dispensing of hearing instruments.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Alabama Code Title 34. Professions and Businesses § 34-14-5 - last updated January 01, 2019 | https://codes.findlaw.com/al/title-34-professions-and-businesses/al-code-sect-34-14-5.html
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