21 NCAC 22F .0302          SPONSOR's DUTIES

(a)  The registered sponsor shall assist the apprentice in submitting all required applications and reports of the apprenticeship experience and shall act as a liaison between the Board and the apprentice.

(b)  In accepting an apprentice, the registered sponsor shall be responsible for the conduct of the apprentice in his performance of his duties as an apprentice.

(c)  The registered sponsor shall provide an apprentice personal supervision until receiving an Official Notice of Examination Results confirming that the apprentice successfully passed Part A, Part B, and Part C of the licensing exam, and then the registered sponsor shall provide an apprentice general supervision for the remainder of the apprenticeship.  A registered sponsor providing general supervision may incorporate direct or personal supervision at the discretion of the registered sponsor.  General, direct, and personal supervision are specifically defined in 21 NCAC 22A .0401.

(d)  The registered sponsor shall provide apprentice training and supervision in the following areas:

(1)           anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the auditory mechanism;

(2)           measurement techniques and test interpretation for assessment of hearing impairment and hearing handicap;

(3)           hearing aid technology including instrument circuitry and acoustic performance data;

(4)           design, selection, and modification of earmold or shell coupling systems;

(5)           hearing aid selection procedures and fitting, verification, and adjustment techniques;

(6)           post-delivery care including hearing aid orientation and counseling techniques and hearing aid servicing;

(7)           ethical conduct and regulatory issues concerning the fitting and selling of hearing aids; and

(8)           all areas within the scope of practice as defined in G.S. 93D-1.1.

(e)  Failure by a registered sponsor to properly train or supervise an apprentice shall be grounds for disciplinary action after proper notice and hearing as set forth in Subchapter 22L.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 93D-1.1; 93D-3(c); 93D-9; 93D-13;

Eff. April 1, 2014;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 6, 2016.