PS Certification and Training
How to Become Certified as a PS
According to The OSHA Hearing Conservation Amendment 29 CFR 1910.95: Para (g) (3) “A technician who performs audiometric tests must be responsible to an audiologist, otolaryngologist or physician.” The audiologist, otolaryngologist, or physician is the “professional supervisor.”
The Professional Supervisor of the Audiometric Monitoring Program© (PS) Workshop was created by CAOHC to clarify the PS responsibilities as stated in the federal regulation. The PS workshop is an intermediate-level course that outlines the scope of practice of the audiologist, physician or otolaryngologist performing the duties of a PS in an occupational hearing conservation program.
The workshop combines:
- Interactive analysis of employee case studies.
- Small-group discussions.
The course content includes a review of current literature and recommended practice guidelines for:
- Review of audiograms.
- Determination of work-related hearing loss.
- Follow-up of work-related hearing loss.
- Management of audiometric databases.
In addition, case studies encourage:
- Problem solving.
- Critical thinking.
- Small-group discussion regarding employee, employer and professional responsibilities in the prevention of hearing loss.
PS Certification and Course Requirements
Participants must meet the prerequisites below to begin the process of being credentialed as a Professional Supervisor.
- be an MD, DO or audiologist.
- provide a copy of a current state license prior to registering for the Professional Supervisor Course.
- provide a copy of their current curriculum vitae.
- provide a copy of their current job description detailing their experience with occupational hearing conservation, audiogram review and work-related determinations of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL).
- submit a letter of recommendation from their supervisor or another professional who can attest to the applicant's experience and familiarity with the course subject matter.
NOTE: Other hearing conservation-related professionals are also invited to participate in this course and will not need to provide the above information; however, these other professionals are not eligible to take the certification exam.
Course Learning Objectives
- Define the role and responsibilities of a Professional Supervisor of the Audiometric Monitoring Program© in occupational hearing conservation programs (HCPs).
- Establish key factors in the occupational audiometric database review process including recognizing and defining:
- problem audiograms.
- baseline revision.
- determination of work-related hearing change.
- Identify the federal standards and regulations that apply to HCPs.
- Define the pathophysiologic factors of NIHL and interactions between noise and other agents.
- Identify medical and legal aspects of managing audiometric monitoring components of an HCP.
- Recognize best practices of HCP management including:
- the essential elements of a quality HCP.
- program audits.
- evaluations and resources.
- Differentiate between regulatory compliance and best practices for NIHL prevention.
Continuing Education Credits
AAA and ASHA: The PS course qualifies for Continuing Education Units (CEU) from the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) which provides 0.6 CEU and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) which provides 0.75 CEU. Academy approval of this continuing education activity is based on course content only and does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedure, or adherence of the event to the Academy's Code of Ethics. Any views that are presented are those of the presenter/CE Provider and not necessarily of the facility granting credit.
ACCME and Amedco - Accreditation Statement - This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Amedco and the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing. Amedco is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Credit Designation Statement - Amedco designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
How to Re-Certify as a PS
The certification for the Professional Supervisor of the Audiometric Monitoring Program (CPS/A) is valid for five years. Those who certify must recertify by the end of the calendar year of the fifth year. (The certification expires on December 31st of the expiration year.) There are two options for recertification:
Option 1 - Exam Only
Renewal candidates can choose to take the recertification exam without attending a course workshop, however, exams are only given when there is a course is scheduled. Following any course workshop date, there is a window of ten calendar days allotted for exam completion. Renewal candidates who opt to take the “exam only” will be notified once the Professional Supervisor workshop ends and access to the exam begins. Candidates will be allowed two attempts to attain an 80% passing score for the Professional Supervisor (PS) online exam. Click here to register for the exam only.