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Higher Training Scheme (HTS)
HTS open again for new registrants
The Higher Training Scheme is being revised and updated to ensure it meets service needs and is efficient to run. The initial phase has now been completed; the regulations have been updated and the scheme is open for new registrations.
All those registering on the scheme from 14th November 2019 will be subject to the new regulations. For those already registered on the scheme some aspects of the new regulations will apply. A summary of the main changes is outlined below, highlighting those which will also apply to existing registrants. All those involved in the HTS should read the full regulations to make sure they are familiar, and direct any queries to the HTS Committee, via the BAA. A full article regarding the changes and reasoning behind them will be published as soon as possible.
- The non-clinical modules have been discontinued. Those registered on a non-clinical module can still have it examined if submitted to the BAA by 1st December 2020. After this date examination and subsequent award is no longer possible.
- There is a three-year time limit to complete a module. Any existing registrants have until 1st December 2023 to complete the module.
- Supervisors need to gain accreditation, not departments. This will not apply to existing registrants. An application form for Supervisors to apply for accreditation is on the BAA website. Criteria for accreditation are given in the regulations section 5.
- The HTS committee no longer accredits M-level courses. The registrant needs to complete a mapping exercise with learning outcomes from the HTS module and M-level course using the form on the BAA website, and submit it for approval. This also applies to existing registrants if applying for examination after 1st December 2020.
- Exam results will not be given on the day. For existing registrants, this applies to all examinations held after 1st January 2020.
- The viva voce is a separate element of the examinations, and each element must be passed in order to be awarded the certificate. For existing registrants, this applies to all examinations held after 1st January 2020.
- The criteria for Examiners and Lead examiners has been revised and applies to all examinations from 1st January 2020 onwards.
The second phase of updating the scheme will be completed in 2020. This involves reviewing and updating the modules, and a full review of the examination process. If any members have any thoughts about either of these or if keen to help, please contact the HTS Committee via firstname.lastname@example.org
The Higher Training Scheme (HTS) is an in-service professional development scheme designed to enable individuals to acquire the required depth and breadth of knowledge and competence to fulfil the needs of specialist and advanced practitioners.
The HTS is a modular training course offered in accredited departments for qualified Audiologists looking to gain specialist training in a variety of clinical areas. To be eligible for the HTS you must:
be working as a qualified Audiologist
have an accredited centre prepared to train you
have evidence of M-Level study in the specialist area you wish to train in
To find out more about the HTS Scheme, log in to this website and view the HTS Information tab.
The HTS Committee is responsible for:
Supporting the effective delivery of HTS training and examinations
Accrediting centres who wish to provide HTS training
Ensuring Logbooks have been completed appropriately prior to examination
Answering questions regarding HTS training
If you have any questions regarding the HTS, please email email@example.com
Meet the Team
The current HTS Committee members are:
Jane Beavan - HTS Practical Exams Coordinator
Harriet Crook - Chief Examiner