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(1) For the purposes of 37-16-405, MCA, a "qualified licensed hearing aid dispenser," who will serve as a sponsor of a trainee, shall meet the following criteria:

(a) have been licensed and active in the state of Montana for at least one year; and

(b) have not had a final order of disciplinary action entered against the hearing aid dispenser's license, in this or any state, in the two years preceding the request to sponsor a trainee.

(2) Both the trainee and the supervisor shall immediately notify the board in writing, and provide the reason for any break in, or termination of, the training program.

(3) A trainee who loses supervision for any reason shall immediately cease practice and shall not continue in a trainee status with a new supervisor until the trainee receives written approval from the board.

(4) Credit toward the 180-day training period will be given only during the period of time during which a trainee is on record as having a sponsor. All breaks in the training period will toll the running of the 180-day training period.

(5) A daily log, provided by the department, must be kept by the trainee, showing the date, description of job tasks, and duties. Both the trainee and the supervisor must sign the log. The log must be submitted to the board office at the end of 90 days and again at the end of 180 days and must be approved by the board prior to the trainee being allowed to take the practical examination.

(6) All written materials distributed by the trainee shall include the trainee's name and title, "trainee" and the supervisor's name, business phone number, and title "supervisor."

History: 37-1-131, 37-16-202, MCA; IMP, 37-1-101, 37-1-131, 37-16-301, 37-16-405, MCA; Eff. 12/31/72; AMD, Eff. 3/7/74; AMD, Eff. 9/4/75; AMD, Eff. 6/5/76; TRANS, from Dept. of Prof. & Occup. Lic. , Ch. 274, L. 1981, Eff. 7/1/81; AMD, 1982 MAR p. 2175, Eff. 12/31/82; AMD, 1983 MAR p. 1457, Eff. 10/14/83; AMD, 1986 MAR p. 202, Eff. 2/14/86; AMD, 1987 MAR p. 371, Eff. 4/17/87; AMD, 1989 MAR p. 1840, Eff. 11/10/89; AMD, 1990 MAR p. 1698, Eff. 8/31/90; AMD, 1993 MAR p. 534, Eff. 4/16/93; AMD, 1997 MAR p. 832, Eff. 5/6/97; AMD, 1997 MAR p. 2281, Eff. 12/16/97; TRANS, from Commerce, 2002 MAR p. 395; AMD, 2007 MAR p. 468, Eff. 4/13/07.

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