Education and Training for Hearing Instrument Dispensing

Minnesota Department of Health Education and Training for Hearing Instrument Dispensing

Beginning in May 2010, The Minnesota Department of Health convened a voluntary Education and Training Workgroup including hearing instrument dispensers, audiologists, consumers, manufacturer and distributor representatives, professional association representatives and business owners of dispensing practices.

The workgroup undertook the task to describe the knowledge and skills a person should acquire to practice hearing instrument dispensing competently at an entry level. The Workgroup developed two tables: Subject Matter Knowledge and Practical Skill Areas. The tables can be reviewed and printed at the following link:

Education and Training Model for Entry-Level Hearing Instrument Dispenser

These tables should help various audiences interested in the occupation; for example:

  • If you are a person seeking a career dispensing hearing instruments, the tables describe the scope of the occupation, providing both an overview and a detailed description of the knowledge and skill areas involved in practice;

  • If you are a candidate for the hearing instrument dispensing examination, the tables list the subject matter and procedures you must know and that are tested in the written and practical examinations administered by the Minnesota Department of Health;

  • If you are an employer seeking personnel, the tables list the qualifications you may expect a a job candidate to meet; and

  • If you are a certified dispenser, the tables provide a comprehensive checklist of knowledge and skill areas that must be maintained and further developed to be competent.

The Workgroup will continue to meet to further discuss the education and training options available or needed for persons interested in the occupation of Minnesota certified hearing instrument dispenser.

Please use the Contact Us link if you have questions about the above information and the knowledge and skills tables.

Please contact the Health Occupations Program at 651-201-3726, or by email at

Updated Monday, August 08, 2016 at 02:12PM