Certificate Program for Otolaryngology Personnel (CPOP)

Certificate Program for Otolaryngology Personnel (CPOP)

Meeting dates and location being confirmed for the 2013 CPOP Workshop. 

Certificate Program for Otolaryngology Personnel (CPOP)

The Certificate Program for Otolaryngology Personnel (CPOP) is a three-phase training program to teach otolaryngology office personnel basic hearing testing. In this curriculum, allied health professionals learn to function as part of the hearing healthcare team under the supervision of an otolaryngologist.

This program is psychometrically sound and designed to be a highly cost effective way to increase office efficiency.

Otologic technicians will allow audiologists the opportunity to provide advanced hearing and balance services and focus on challenging patients. For practices with no audiologist, basic testing can be provided at the time of a visit. One emphasis of the training is for the trainee to learn his/her limitations. 

Program Overview

Each CPOP registrant must be sponsored by an otolaryngologist, who will provide guidance and oversight.

The sponsoring otolaryngologist is responsible for monitoring the participant’s progress, providing direction and outlining the technician’s role in the office.

To maximize the learning experience training is provided in three phases:

  • a self-study
  • a hands-on workshop
  • a six-month supervisory period

Completing all three phases will require a commitment of seven-months to one-year by the participant, depending on the level of experience.

Three Phases

Student gains a basic understanding of hearing and vestibular anatomy, physiology, and testing at their own pace. This section entails reading assignments, quizzes, and an open book exam. A passing score on the open book exam is needed for the participant to attend the hands-on workshop.

Hands-on Workshop
Two and a half day hands-on training workshop combines lectures and hands-on demonstrations that build on the reading material. Attendees will perform otoscopic examinations, tuning fork tests, pure tone air and bone conduction tests with and without masking, speech recognition threshold and word recognition tests with and without masking, and tympanometry. The workshop also includes an ENG demonstration.

Supervisory Period
Six-month supervisory period begins with the completion of the hands-on workshop. Log books with testing performance procedures are provided to participants to record progress. Each procedure must be performed the indicated number of times during the six-month period. The sponsoring otolaryngologist attests that the sponsored participant can successfully complete each procedure without assistance. At the end of the six-month period log books are submitted to the AAO-HNSF and a certificate of knowledge is awarded. 

Target Audience

This training is open to anyone interested in hearing and balance testing. Each particpant must be sponsored by an otolaryngologist willing to provide guidance and supervision during the program.

The $1,500 program fee includes the program binder (including course outlines, objectives, activities, and additional readings), Introduction to Audiology textbook, and attendance for one 2½ day hands-on workshop (including breakfast, lunch, snacks and program handouts).  Travel and lodging are not included.

Please Note: In June 2010, CMS clarified the Medicare policy on billing for audiology services.  CMS indicated that qualified technicians, includig those trained in the Certificate program, can only perform diagnostic audiology tests that have a technical and professional component.  Therefore, not all services learned in this course are eligible for Medicare reimbursement.

See the below links to additional information regarding CMS rulings, and for answers related to billing for audiology and otolaryngology personnel.