(a)        No person shall undertake any activity within the scope of practice of a hearing aid specialist in this State unless the person first has been issued a license by the Board or is an apprentice working under the supervision of a Registered Sponsor. Except as hereinafter provided, each applicant for a license shall pay a fee set by the Board, not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00), which fee may be prorated by the Board, and shall show to the satisfaction of the Board that the applicant:

(1)        Is a person of good moral character.

(2)        Is 18 years of age or older.

(3)        Has an education equivalent to a four-year course in an accredited high school.

(4)        Repealed by Session Laws 2007-406, s. 3, effective August 21, 2007.

(b)        Except as hereinafter provided, no license shall be issued to a person until he has successfully passed a qualifying examination administered by the Board.

(c)        No license shall be issued to any person until the person has served as an apprentice as set forth in N.C. Gen. Stat. § 93D-9 for a period of at least one year; provided, that the one-year apprenticeship requirement shall be waived for the following:

(1)        Persons qualified under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 93D-6

(2)        Persons holding a permanent license as an audiologist under Article 22 of Chapter 90 of the N.C. Gen. Stat..

(3)        Persons holding a temporary license as an audiologist under Article 22 of Chapter 90 of the N.C. Gen. Stat. who have undergone 250 hours of supervised activity fitting or selling hearing aids under the direct supervision of a Registered Sponsor.

(4)        Persons continuously licensed to fit or sell hearing aids in another state or jurisdiction for the preceding three years.

(5)        Persons who have worked full-time for one year in the office of and under the direct supervision of an otolaryngologist fitting or selling hearing aids. ?(1969, c. 999; 1975, c. 550, s. 2; 1981, c. 601, ss. 7, 8; c. 990, s. 1; 1991, c. 592, s. 2; 2007-406, s. 3; 2011-311, s. 5; 2012-194, s. 66; 2013-296, s. 2; 2013-410, s. 32.5(e).)

Terms Used In North Carolina General Statutes 93D-5

  • following: when used by way of reference to any section of a statute, shall be construed to mean the section next preceding or next following that in which such reference is made; unless when some other section is expressly designated in such reference. See North Carolina General Statutes 12-3
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, shall be construed to extend to and include the District of Columbia and the several territories, so called; and the words "United States" shall be construed to include the said district and territories and all dependencies. See North Carolina General Statutes 12-3