In order to apply for a hearing aid
apprentice permit, the applicant shall:
Submit an Application for a Hearing Aid Apprenticeship Permit and the required
(b) Submit a "Statement of
Supervision" from the licensed Georgia hearing aid dispenser who will supervise
the apprentice permit holder's practice;
(c) Submit a "Statement of Supervision" from
the licensed Georgia hearing aid dealer who will employ the apprentice permit
holder, supervise the apprentice permit holder and who can attest that the
applicant is capable of making the tests and applying the techniques required
to dispense hearing aids in accordance with OCGA 43-20;
(d) Submit proof of age as confirmed in a
secure and verifiable document, as defined in Code Section
(e) Submit proof of passage of the practical
portion of the examination required for a license to dispense hearing
of the application, a non-renewable apprentice permit will be issued for a
period of one (1) year. A non-renewable, one-year apprentice permit allows the
permit holder to practice while in an apprenticeship and under the supervision
of a licensed dispenser.
(a) The applicant may
request delay in issuance of the apprentice permit for good cause shown, and
the granting, or denial, of such request is within the discretion of the Board.
The holder of an apprentice permit may request a stay of the effective period
of the permit for good cause shown, and the granting, or denial, of such
request is within the discretion of the Board.
(b) Every apprentice permit holder shall be
approved to sit for the next available written exam and every subsequent
scheduled examination until all sections of the written exam are passed, or the
permit expires or is revoked by the Board. The board shall have the power to
revoke a permit without a hearing if the holder of an apprentice dispenser
permit fails to pass the written portion of the examination on two
apprentice permit holder shall be at all times the permit is in force in an
"apprenticeship" under the indirect supervision of a Georgia licensed hearing
aid dispenser. Adequate supervision by a Georgia licensed hearing aid dispenser
shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
(a) Indirect supervision means the Georgia
licensed hearing aid dispenser responsible for the apprentice permit holder's
supervision is, at a minimum, accessible by telephone during working hours and
must be readily available to the apprentice permit holder for direction,
guidance and instruction;
supervising Georgia licensed hearing aid dispenser shall be in face-to-face
contact for a minimum of eight (8) hours during the apprentice permit holder's
work week. The onsite contacts shall include, but are not be limited to, a
documented review by the supervisor of all paperwork prepared, and the direct
observation of testing procedures by the apprentice permit holder;
(c) Both supervisors and supervisees are
required to maintain a contemporaneous record of the date, duration and a brief
summary of the pertinent activity for each supervision session to be submitted
to the Board upon request. At any time the Board has the right to request
documentation of supervision.
While under indirect supervision of a Georgia licensed hearing aid dispenser,
an apprentice permit holder may engage in the practice of dispensing of hearing
may be no more than two (2) apprentice permit holders under a supervising
Georgia licensed hearing aid dispenser at any given time. Apprentice permit
holders must cause a current supervising Georgia licensed hearing aid dispenser
to submit to the Board in writing that they are no longer the apprentice permit
holder's supervisor, and the reason for the disassociation in order for an
apprentice permit holder to obtain a new supervising Georgia licensed hearing
(5) All apprentice
permit holders must be identified as such by name tags. Dealers employing
apprentice permit holders shall post office signage indicating apprentice
permit holders are present and may be involved in the fitting and dispensing of
hearing aid devices.
Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 276-9-.01
Original Rule entitled
"Attachments to Application" adopted. F. Apr. 7,
1978; eff. Apr. 27, 1978.
Repealed: By Ga. L. 1978; eff.
April 3, 1978.
ER 276-9-0.11-.01 entitled "Attachments to Dealer License Applications"
adopted. F. Feb. 16, 1979; eff.
Jan. 29, 1979, the date of
Permanent Rule of same title adopted. F. May
16, 1979; eff. June 5, 1979.
F. Nov. 8, 1983; eff.
Nov. 28, 1983.
F. July 17, 1984; eff.
August 6, 1984.
Repealed: F. June 9,
2008; eff. June 29, 2008.
Adopted:New Rule entitled "Apprentice Permit." F.
Jan. 26, 2015; eff.
Feb. 15, 2015.