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Diploma of Hearing Device Prescription and Evaluation

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This training is subsidised by the NSW Government
(TAFE NSW – Open Training and Education Network, Provider Code: 90004)
TAFE NSW Course Number: HLT51307-01V04
National Course Code: HLT51307
Training Package: HLT07 Health

Course description

This course is for people who work or want to work as a hearing aid audiometrist.

You will learn to screen for and assess hearing impairment, and to take appropriate action based on the results of your testing. Such actions could include referral for further audiological or medical assessment, and the prescribing and dispensing of hearing aids and other assistive devices that can assist in hearing rehabilitation excluding cochlear implants and bone anchored hearing aids. Actions could also include working with clients and their carers in hearing health education programs to maximise the participation of hearing impaired people in aspects of personal and community activities that are part of their personal need or aspiration.

The Health Training Package (HLT07) identifies six (6) units of competency from HLT41307 Certificate IV in Audiometric Assessment as prerequisite for entry to this qualification. If you have not already successfully completed these units of competency prior to enrolment in this course, you must complete these units, before commencing other units that are part of this course. Contact the campus prior to enrolment for more information.

ENROLLING IN FIRST AID UNITS OF COMPETENCY

If you are seeking to enrol in a First Aid unit of competency you are advised that to complete the unit you must be able to perform basic life support skills, for example control bleeding and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). If you have a disability that would prevent you from performing required basic life support skills you are advised that you will not be able to achieve the unit of competency.

Please see ‘Other Requirements’ below for important information regarding Work Placement requirements and Student rights and responsibilities.

We highly recommend you complete a personalised career and study profile to confirm this course is right for you, you will find the Career Voyage link under Need Help Deciding below.

Other information

Your enrolment is not finalised until you have paid upfront or requested VET FEE-HELP assistance for the course or program by the census date. TAFE NSW does not:

  • provide fee exemptions, concessions or instalment payments for, fee for service (commercial) courses and programs - provide the option to co-enrol with another TAFE NSW college - allow a transfer to another course or TAFE NSW college

    Refunds are granted in accordance with the TAFE NSW VET FEE-HELP Tuition Fee and Refund Policy, visit www.oten.edu.au for information. Are you under 17 years of age? Before enrolling please read the NSW Department of Education and Communities - The new school leaving age.

Course related resources

To ensure you leave us with the most up to date qualification...
If during or after your enrolment, the course in which you are enrolled is updated in line with national industry standards, the Institute reserves the right to transition you into an alternate course. If this becomes necessary, the Institute will advise you of the change and the arrangements which will be available for you to complete your alternate course.

What are the entry requirements? (including Recognition of Prior Learning)

To gain entry into HLT51307 Diploma of Hearing Device Precription and Evaluation a candidate must demonstrate competence through a recognised training program or recognition process, in the following units of competency (or their equivalent)

from HLT41307 Certificate IV in Audiometric Assessment:

HLTAU402D Conduct screening hearing tests for industrial hearing loss HLTAU403D Conduct hearing assessments HLTFA311A Apply first aid HLTHIR301C Communicate and work effectively in health HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes

Are there any additional local entry requirements?

A number of courses may require prospective students to provide additional information such as documentation, an expression of interest, evidence that you are already employed as an apprentice, or preferred prior study (or equivalent).

To gain entry into HLT51307 Diploma in Hearing Device Prescription and Evaluation a candidate must be 18 years old, have completed Year 12 or equivalent and have access to a suitable placement for clinical work that is supervised by an appropriately qualified person, who will be their supervisor for the course. Once candidates have found a supervisor they will need to complete the Supervisor Statement form attached. Candidates must complete a Supervisor Statement form to be accepted into the course.

Credit (or recognition) for modules/units may be granted based on previous learning, studies, work and/or life experiences. For more information on Credit for this course please refer to 'If you have the skills, get credit for a unit or this course' below.

Please note: Some industries have their own legislative or licensing requirements. TAFE NSW recognition does not apply to these.

Other requirements

WORK PLACEMENTS

Many TAFE courses have a compulsory work placement component to assist you to apply your learning in a practical environment and you may be required to comply with some (or all) of the following.

1. HEALTH - NSW MINISTRY OF HEALTH - If you are over 18 you will be required to undertake a National Criminal Record Check. Visit:

http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/about_us/structure/specialist_operations/forensic_services/criminal_records_section

  • You will be required to sign the NSW Health Student Undertaking where you agree to notify NSW Health if your status changes after the date of issue of your National Police Certificate or during the completion of your course.
  • You will be required to undertake Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Infectious Diseases and provide your Health Care Worker/Student Vaccination Record Card.
  • You will be required to read and sign the NSW Health Code of Conduct form.
Visit: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/ and type 'clinical placement' in search area.

2. AGED CARE WORK - As per NSW Health requirements for the National Criminal Record Check

3. COMMUNITY AND CHILDREN'S SERVICES - Anyone in child-related work (including student placements and volunteers) MUST have a current Working with Children Check (students/volunteers free) in line with the Office of Children's Guardian phase-in schedule and processes. Visit:

http://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/Working-with-children/working-with-children-check

4. STUDENT READINESS FOR WORK PLACEMENT - Generally work placements will only occur after there has been a reasonable amount of student/teacher contact and when the teacher is satisfied that you are ready to benefit from workplace learning and perform workplace duties. Your teacher can provide further information.

STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES - For more information visit:

https://www.tafensw.edu.au/courses/rights-and-responsibilities/index.htm#.U8X86PmSzAk

Will I need to undertake Work Placement?

Audiometry placement and supervision

To complete this course you will need to find placement with a qualified supervisor, which equates to approximately 170 practical hours. To seek a suitable placement you might contact:
• Hearing health or hearing aid practices in your local area
• Audiometrists and audiologists from the yellow pages
• Professional associations such as Australian College of Audiology (ACAud), or the Hearing Aid Audiometrists Society of Australia (HAASA).

Requirements of a supervisor:
Supervisors may be audiologists who are eligible for full membership of the Audiological Society of Australia (ASA) with a current Certificate of Clinical Practice (CCP), or a suitably qualified practitioner such as an audiometrist who is a member of ACAud or HAASA and an Office of Hearing Services (OHS) accredited hearing aid dispenser. Supervisors must have at least two years’ experience in the hearing health industry.
Applicant Responsibilities in Clinical Placement:

For your awareness, if you are on clinical placement in a public or private facility you may be requested to undergo occupational screening and be vaccinated against infectious diseases.

It is your responsibility to meet the requirements of compulsory clinical placement in terms of cost, travel, accommodation, as well as other clinical placement requirements such as criminal record check and immunization.

Course applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

1. A suitable supervisor has signed the supervisor’s section (i.e. Section 2) of the Supervisor Statement form

2. Students MUST complete and submit the following forms:

(1) Supervisor Statement form, (2) Student Declaration form, (3) Prohibited Employment Declaration form.

Under 17 and wanting to leave school?

If you are under 17 and want to leave school, your options have been affected by a recent change in NSW law. From January 2010 you must complete Year 10 and then continue in either full-time education, training, paid employment or a combination of these options until you’re at least 17 years of age. More information about options for school students under 17 is available from the NSW Department of Education and Communities - The new school leaving age.

What kind of work could I do?

Hearing aid audiometrist.

What further study is available once I finish this course?

This qualification is designed to develop the knowledge and skills required to work as an audiometrist or hearing aid audiometrist.

Pathway to university or higher education

Thinking of studying next year? Not sure if you should go to TAFE or uni? Let us help you decide. At TAFE NSW - Western Sydney Institute we offer you the flexibility to fast-forward your career with Pathways.

Choosing to study at TAFE before going on to uni can see you graduating and entering a competitive workforce sooner — and not with one, but two, nationally recognised qualifications! For more information visit oten.tafensw.edu.au/uni

Do I need additional resources to study this course?

You will be required to purchase the following textbook. Introduction to Audiology by Martin & Clark (9th, 10th & 11th editions are all acceptable). You may also need to complete a First Aid certificate at your own expense.

Your learning materials will be provided in:

• Five CDs
• On-line tutourial
• On-line resources

This qualification is completed by:

• Submitting assignment work
• Attendance at compulsory on-the-job training of approximately 170 hours (duration)
• Optional attendance to on-line tutorials
• Submitting three videos for assessment of practical competency
• Sitting written and on-line tests

How much is the course?

The Unit of Study fees below apply if this is not your first qualification. Your actual fee may be less depending on your previous study. We will advise you of any fee reductions you are entitled to before you enrol.

The cost of this course is $4,930.

Please Note: Smart and Skilled government subsidised places are limited. Programs will commence subject to a sufficient number of participants.

Important changes to TAFE NSW fees for 2015
From 1 January 2015 the NSW Government will be introducing changes to how students access government subsidised training in NSW. These changes are part of the Smart and Skilled reform of the NSW vocational education and training system and affect all new and continuing students. It covers all qualification levels Certificate II to Advanced Diploma, selected Foundation Skills courses at Certificate I and II levels, all apprenticeships and selected traineeships. For more information and how this may affect the fees you pay please visit smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au.

For full details on TAFE NSW fees please visit our Fees and Financial Assistance page.

VET FEE-HELP student loans are available for this course

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Students who are entitled to a NSW State Government subsidised place in this course may be eligible for a VET FEE-HELP student loan to cover their tuition fees.

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Unique Student Identifier (USI)

From 1 January 2015, all students participating in Nationally Recognised Training in Australia will need to have a Unique Student Identifier, or USI.

This includes students completing an apprenticeship, skill set, certificate or diploma course.

A USI gives you access to your online USI account and will contain all of your nationally recognised training records and results from 1 January 2015 onwards. Your results will be available in your USI account in 2016.

When applying for a job or enrolling in further study, you will often need to provide your training records and results. One of the main benefits of the USI is that you will have easy access to your training records and results throughout your life.

How to get a USI

It is free and easy for you to create your own USI online at usi.gov.au. Your local Customer Service office can also provide further information and assistance. If you already have your USI you can enrol with TAFE WSI.

How do I enrol?

To register your intention to enrol in this course please use one of the enrolment options below. You can also register by phone by calling 1300 881 114.

Apply

To apply by phone please call 1300 881 114 (8.30am – 5.00pm AEST).