The American Board of Audiology® (ABA) has partnered with the American Cochlear Implant (ACI) Alliance to offer the Cochlear Implant Specialty Certification (CISC®) credential exam at the Cochlear Implant (CI) Symposium in Washington, DC this fall. The exam will be offered on October 26. Regular registration for the exam closes on August 26. Late registration (which includes an additional fee) will end on September 26.

Audiologists who hold the CISC are experts in all areas of cochlear implant knowledge, including expectations, surgical considerations, device operation, and rehabilitation. The CISC was developed to standardize training and knowledge of CI audiologists, elevate professional standards in audiology, and recognize those professionals who have acquired specialized knowledge in the field of cochlear implants.

To earn the CISC, a candidate must first submit an application verifying professional experience and education requirements. To learn more about the CISC, visit

The successful applicant then must pass a challenging examination that covers eight cochlear implant knowledge domains: Candidacy Considerations, Counseling/Expectations, Surgical Considerations, Programming Principles/Speech Coding, Device Operation, Troubleshooting, Rehabilitation, and Outcomes.

Only those who are able to achieve the designated examination score earn the CI credential. Once earned, the certification must be renewed every 3 years through 60 hours of continuing education, 30 of which must be specific to cochlear implants.

The CI Symposium will be held October 24-26, at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

To apply for ABA board certification or a specialty certification, visit

SOURCE: The American Board of Audiology