Industry-leading training in conducting accurate, legislation-compliant hearing tests on adults in the occupational and medical settings.
The Occupational Audiometry Course is a comprehensive skills-focused, 4-day program that provides students with the legislation-compliant skills and knowledge required to conduct hearing tests, analyse test results and safely conduct ear inspections in adults.
The course runs over 4 days 8.15am to 5.00pm (although usually there’s an earlier finish on day 4). Students are required to attend all sessions.
The Occupational Audiometry Course provides comprehensive training in the skills and knowledge required to conduct legislation-compliant occupational hearing assessments in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
Course material is drawn from several key reference documents including:
While conducting a hearing test can be perceived as simply “pressing buttons” there is far more involved in completing the task accurately and according to best practice. Our aim in this course is to produce “thinking” graduates who have the confidence and ability to consistently obtain accurate results and make correct decisions in routine and challenging testing situations.
The Occupational Audiometry Course is taught to small-medium sized groups. This allows our teachers to provide one-on-one, hands-on practical tuition and individually tailor each student’s development of key audiometry skills.
This course has been approved by Coal Services and fulfills the training requirements for nurses to conduct NSW Coal Industry Order 43 health surveillance audiometric tests.
Also approved is our 2-day Intermediate Audiometry Workshop.
This course is primarily aimed at practitioners within the medical and occupational health sectors seeking audiometry training that’s fully compliant with workplace legislation, Australian Standards and industry best practice. Skills can be used for:
There are no formal per-requisites for attending this course. We have many students attending the course without prior background in audiometry or health assessment. The course does, however, include a lot of material and some is study required in order pass the written and practical assessments.
Once registered, students will be asked to bring to the course copies of two key reference documents:
Links to Australian state/territory health and safety regulatory bodies can be found here.
To graduate from this course students must demonstrate competence in the 16 elements described in AS/NZS1269.4. Assessment of competence is via practical assessment and open book written assessment.
The written assessment includes a pre-course assignment, quizes during the course and a take home written exam (due the week following the course).
On the final day each student’s practical skills are formally assessed, using well-practiced templates and guides worked on during the course.
The pass rate for this course on first attempt is high (over 95%), although we offer supplementary assessments if required.
Course graduates receive a graduation certificate from The Hearing Company, Australia’s leading occupational audiometry course provider. The certificate describes competency in the key aspects of occupational audiometry as detailed in: AS/NZS 1269.4, Managing Noise & Preventing Hearing Loss at Work Code of Practice and Work Health & Safety Regulations.
The skills obtained from this course can be used in any occupational audiometry setting in Australia (except WA) and the Asia Pacific region.
The course presenter is Glenn Johnson, an Occupational Audiologist (hearing assessment specialist) with over 30 years’ experience in clinical practice, hearing rehabilitation, teaching, management and consulting. Glenn is Director and Principal Audiologist of The Hearing Company. During the last 15 years he has designed and delivered training in occupational audiometry to over 2,000 students throughout Australia and several other countries.
With larger groups our experienced and friendly Skills Coaches assist Glenn during the practical sessions to ensure all students receive ample one-on-one supervision as they develop their new skills.
Here’s what some of our previous students have said about the Occupational Audiometry Course:
“It turns out that audiometry is not just circles and crosses on a graph! I now have much more understanding of audiometry, how the process works, rules and regulations and how to obtain accurate results. I now feel much more comfortable about explaining test results to our workers. As much as I don’t like homework and tests, I found the short daily quiz was valuable in showing me how much I had learned and gave me more confidence. Glenn taught at a good pace, was approachable and gave us plenty of hands on practice with individual directions on how to improve. Glenn explained things in simple terms, in different ways to suit the range of learning styles and paces in our group. The course was well paced with lots of variety in teaching methods to help us learn all the new skills.”
Rachel, Occupational Health Nurse, via Coober Pedy, SA (August 2023)
“Glenn, the course was great! You delivered all the key information I need for my job. I took away a lot of skills and knowledge and I’m now excited about implementing all I’ve learned at my workplace.”
Georgina, Exercise Physiologist, Adelaide, SA (August 2023)
“I found the Occupational Audiometry Course to be very engaging and enjoyable. Despite the long days, the course didn’t drag on. I was engaged the whole time. I enjoyed the interactions with Glenn and the other students. I learned a lot and now feel much more confident in performing an accurate hearing assessment. Excellent work, Glenn and the team. Keep up the good work – thanks Glenn and the team!”
Terri, Practice Administrator/Audiometrist, Launceston, Tas (August 2023)
“The course was fun! Who would have thought?! Glenn is an amazing teacher, very friendly and easy to approach and made learning enjoyable. I particularly enjoyed receiving one-on-one feedback during practice sessions and now feel confident to go ahead and implement all I’ve learned back at my workplace. Initially I was worried that the volume of content and pace of the course was going to be too fast for me. Now, at the end of the course, I realise that I need not have been concerned. I gave it a go, and it all worked out!”
Ronel, Admin, Virginia, SA (August 2023)
“Honestly, I was skeptical that a course in audiometry could be interesting. How wrong I was. We covered a lot of material in 4 days, but it never felt mundane or boring. Glenn made the content come alive with lots of real world examples and a great sense of humour. There was plenty of hands on practice with the audiometer and otoscope. Glenn is an excellent teacher. He was patient and very skilled at providing direction and correction. The course was engaging, fun and exceeded my expectations!”
Crystal, Nurse Practitioner and business owner, Melbourne,Vic (October 2022)
“This was a great course! Who knew audiometry could be so interesting and involved! I feel I’ve gained a really valuable clinical skill. The course included quality presentations and materials and I felt very supported in learning. I very much enjoyed the combination of theory and practice each day with plenty of time to learn new information and skills. Glenn (course presenter) provided positive feedback and encouragement throughout and he was always approachable. I would absolutely, highly recommend this course!”
Heidi, Practice Nurse Manager, Alice Springs, SA (October 2022)
“The Occupational Audiometry Course was fantastic. Great mix of practical and theory with excellent coaching from lecturers. I now feel confident with all aspects of audiometric testing and reassured by my greater understanding of the Australian Standard and Code of Practice. Overall an excellent course! Very enjoyable and informative. I would definitely recommend the course. Well done!”
Susan, Occ Health Nurse, Adelaide, SA (September 2019)
“This course should be part of the teaching program for all occupational health providers. The course provided a good depth of knowledge, has a strong practical focus and was very relevant to the occupational health service in our medical practice. It was very well run and overall a great course.”
Dr Kevin, GP/practice owner, Gold Coast, Qld (October 2022)
“I had minimal experience in hearing testing and found this course was ideal for building my knowledge and understanding. The balance of theory and practical was just right and delivered in a way that was non-intimidating. The course was very well developed and delivered, with a good mix of theory and practice. Exams can be intimidating, but not this one. We were well prepared in all the key areas.”
Ann, Health Screener, Mt Gambier, SA (November 2021)
What do the student feedback forms say? Course evaluations from hundreds of students reveal:
A range of teaching methods are utilised during the course to assist students to learn the key skills, including hands on practice, written exercises, role plays, industry anecdotes, visual and auditory presentations, quizzes, demonstrations and “at-elbow” supervision. We also aim to engage and challenge, and many graduates find the course to be interesting (and even fun!). Our teachers certainly enjoy what they do, and this comes out in the teaching.
We supply all practice equipment including audiometers, otoscopes and consumables. On the first day of the course students are issued with a comprehensive Course Manual and Workbook.
Lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea will be provided each day.
Course material is drawn from several key Australian audiometry reference documents including:
Yes, except in Western Australia.
Most states/territories follow the specifications of the Work Health and Safety Regulations (or similar), the Managing Noise and Presenting Hearing Loss at Work Code of Practice and Australian Standard AS/NZS1269.4. The Occupational Audiometry Course provides full compliance with these key documents.
The WA government has specific, stringent requirements for conducting workplace audiometry and managing test results; and significantly different to the requirements in other parts of the country.
Yes, the course materials and skill set are drawn directly from the detailed list of 16 “competency requirements” for audiometric testers described in Appendix D of AS/NZS 1269.4; the primary reference document for conducting occupational audiometry in Australia.
In short, there is a lot of material to cover and skills to learn.
Our focus is on ensuring students complete the course with confident in their new skills and knowledge, and this takes time. We provide multiple one-on-one practice sessions, each building on the previous until students are capable of independently and accurately completing a full assessment.
The Australian Standard is also a very detailed document, and we need to time to both teach the material and allow time to discuss how to integrate into everyday practice in the workplace.
We acknowledge that people learn at different paces (some much faster than others) and in any group this is a challenge for the teachers. We’ve found that running the course over 4 days allows the majority of students to pass, without being too stressful for less confident learners.
The following fees are payable should a participant withdraw from the course:
Yes, we accept transfers to another person but only within the same course. Deferring a registration to another course (different dates) is regarded as a cancellation.
No, passing the course is not guaranteed although the pass rate is very high (over 90%).
Students must pass written and practical assessments to obtain a Graduation Certificate.
To pass the practical assessment students are required to demonstrate “competence” (as specified in AS/NZS1269.4) in the key aspects of hearing assessment. The written assessment is undertaken via a pre-course assignment and in-course quizes awe well as a take home (open book) exam that’s due the week following the course.
Passing the course usually requires some application, effort and study. While not everyone is enthusiastic about assessments, we draw on over 30 years’ experience (and enthusiasm!) to design methods and materials to support the majority of students (so far, 2,0000 and counting…) to learn what’s required over 4 days.
No, this is not required although students are welcome to bring equipment if they would like advice on how to use a particular audiometer.
We supply all required practice equipment, including audiometers, otoscopes and consumables.
Yes, the Occupational Audiometry Course provides up to 28 hours of contact and tuition, which can be claimed towards CPD requirements.
We conduct public courses several times a year in the location of most demand; usually Sydney, Brisbane or Adelaide.
We also regularly conduct in-company courses for organisations with multiple employees to be trained. This can work out as a cost-effective and efficient way to upskill a team. Our equipment and teaching personnel are completely portable.
We offer a range of courses focussed on conducting occupational audiometry. These include a half-day workshop on fitting insert earphones (which offer superior external noise reduction) through to 1 and 2-day courses which teach basic or fundamental audiometry skills. See our range our course here.
The Hearing Company specialises in supporting audiometry practices with professional training, equipment and advice.