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Occupational Hearing Conservationist Certification & Recertification

Next Planned Courses:
September 2020
Please check back for updates and registration information as we navigate evolving university, state, and CAOHC protocols.


A Message from Course Director, Laura Kauth:

Since 2001, I have been privileged to provide CAOHC courses through the University of Iowa’s College of Nursing. We have weathered economic changes, high and low enrolments, changes in technology, flu seasons, personal disruptions and, well, weather. In all these years, we have worked to create a high-quality course that prepared students for hearing conservation certification and work. But in March of 2020, we were forced to make the very tough call of canceling our course. As preventative health care professionals, it was the right response to a global pandemic of alarming severity.

Since that date, we have adapted to the new normal. We’ve gotten experience in providing online education. CAOHC has provided guidance on a transition to a combined online/ hands on course, with requirements for distancing and mitigation during the in-person portions. The National Hearing Conservation Association has issued recommendations on safer workplace testing, so that compliance with health monitoring requirements doesn’t cause undue health risk. We have more of a handle on this disease, and how to avoid transmitting it.

We are planning our next course for September 2020, in keeping with our long history of offering a spring and fall certification. If conditions permit, we may be able to hold our standard, face-to-face course, but we are also preparing for an online class, with practicum and exam delivered in person to small groups in appropriate, distanced conditions.

We are ready to move forward, and look forward to seeing future hearing conservationists, online or in person, this fall.


Certification Description:

This two-and-a-half-day workshop is designed to familiarize participants with all facets of occupational hearing conservation and certify them as audiometric technicians. Upon completion, a certificate will be awarded which documents evidence of training now required by federal law. Participants will also qualify for certificate by the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC).


Recertification Description:

This workshop provides required training for those who already have CAOHC certification. The update includes review of hearing measurement techniques, employee education strategies, selection and fit of hearing protection, as well as current state and federal regulations relating to noise exposure and hearing conservation.


For more information, contact Molly James: molly-james@uiowa.edu or 319-335-7075.