Assessment-based certificate programs use evidence-based instructional design principles to ensure efficient learning and retention of information. They provide instruction and training (non-degree granting) and assess mastery of the intended learning outcomes and include access to a toolbox of resources for the full registration period.

All ABA credentials are voluntary and independent. An audiologist does not need to be a member of any particular professional membership organization to be eligible for, or to obtain, a certificate. Certificates are valid for five (5) years after successful completion of the programs and certificate holders may need to complete updated content to extend their certificates.

Certificate Holder—Audiology Preceptor® (CH-AP)

CH-AP is an online self-study program for licensed audiologists, first offered in 2016, that is designed to:

  • teach preceptors (clinical educators) how to facilitate an AuD student's transition from novice clinician to competent independent professional;
  • create training standards around the vocation of audiology precepting, advancing a pathway for an individual to become recognized as an audiology preceptor; and
  • develop a greater pool of trained audiology preceptors to provide critically important opportunities for students to apply classroom learning in authentic clinical settings.

The CH-AP certificate program includes four (4) modules that can be completed in any order to earn 0.8 Tier 1 CEUs (0.2 CEUs for each module). When all four modules are completed within twelve (12) months from initial registration date and licensure is verified, the CH-AP certificate will be awarded.

The four-module package is no longer available for registration and an updated five-module CH-AP package will be ready for registration by the end of January. Please check back at the end of January to register for the updated five-module CH-AP package.

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Certificate Holder—Tinnitus Management® (CH-TM)

CH-TM is an online self-study program for licensed audiologists, first offered in 2018, that is a  comprehensive tinnitus management education program providing essential information for assessing and managing patients with tinnitus or decreased sound tolerance.  

The CH-TM certificate program includes seven (7) modules in two (2) parts that must be completed in order to earn 1.4 Tier 1 CEUs (0.2 CEUs for each module). When both parts are completed within eighteen(18) months from initial Part 1 registration date and licensure is verified, the CH-TM certificate will be awarded.

  • Module 1- Tinnitus Definitions & Theoretical Foundations: Identifies the different types and characteristics of tinnitus, its prevalence in the US and globally, and different theories of its etiology.
  • Module 2 – Management of the Patient with Tinnitus: Provides a snapshot of the experience of tinnitus, along with a broad synopsis of assessment approaches, intervention techniques, and practice management considerations.
  • Module 3 – Business Management Considerations: Discusses the unique demands and business factors associated with integrating tinnitus and DST services into an audiology practice.
  • Module 4- Audiological Evaluation of the Patient with Tinnitus: Teaches how to assess the results of a comprehensive audiological evaluation as a basis for clinical decision-making for a patient with tinnitus.
  • Module 5 – Tinnitus Intervention Techniques: Reviews varied approaches that may be used as intervention for patients with tinnitus, including indications for use, benefits, and limitations of each technique.
  • Module 6 – Management Plan for the Patient with Tinnitus: Teaches how to educate and collaborate with patients and other providers to develop a management plan for a patient with tinnitus.
  • Module 7 – Management of the Patient with Decreased Sound Tolerance: Summarizes the characteristics and prevalence of DST along with assessment approaches, treatment techniques, and practice management considerations for these patients.


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