American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Montana Support Personnel Requirements

The following information includes speech-language pathology and audiology support personnel requirements in educational and other practice settings. The information is reviewed on an annual basis. Please be advised that regulations and policy may change at any time, so always check with your state for the most up-to-date information.

Speech Language Pathology

School Setting Requirements

Speech-language pathology assistants (also referred to as SLP aides):

  • must work directly under the supervision of a licensed speech-language pathologist,
  • must possess a high school diploma or equivalent,
  • basic skills appropriate to specific employment situations, including acceptable communications patterns,
  • the ability to work with and take direction from supervisors,
  • the ability to relate to the population served,
  • the willingness to attend specific training activities as determined by the supervisor.

When aides are providing direct services under a licensed supervisor to individuals under 18 years of age, the supervisor is responsible for so informing, in writing, the parent, guardian, surrogate parent or person acting as a parent of a child in the absence of a parent or guardian.

The maximum number of assistants supervised by one professional may vary in relation to (a) tasks assigned to the assistant, (b) time limits imposed by the supervisory guidelines given below, and (c) time required of the professional in the direct provision of clinical services.

Statutory and Regulatory Requirements

Each speech-language pathologist  must annually, on or before October 31, register with the Board all speech-language pathology aides or assistants working directly under the supervision of the licensee each year.

  • Speech-Language Pathology Aide or Assistant I is defined as a person who holds an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders, or equivalent, and is currently enrolled in an accredited graduate program for the purpose of completing licensure requirements. They must complete 20 hours of continuing education annually.
  • Speech-Language Pathology Aide or Assistant II is a person who holds an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders, or equivalent, but is not currently enrolled in a graduate program. They must complete 10 hours of continuing education annually.
  • Speech-Language Pathology Aide or Assistant III is a person who does not hold an undergraduate degree in communication sciences or disorders or its equivalent. They must complete 10 hours of continuing education annually.

The supervisor is responsible for insuring that the aide is adequately trained for the tasks he/she will perform; the amount of supervision is based on level of aide classification.

Each licensee may supervise three or more aides or assistants with Board approval. The Board or Board designee shall review and approve all registration forms that indicate the supervision of three or more speech-language pathology aides or assistants.

Audiology

School Setting Requirements

  • Must be under the direct supervision of a licensed audiologist.
  • Audiology aides (or assistants) must have at least a high school diploma and be trained to perform the tasks they are asked to perform Audiology Aide/Assistant 1 must complete 20 hours of continuing education annually. Audiology Aide/Assistant 2 and 3 must complete 10 hours annually.
  • When aides are providing direct services under a licensed supervisor to individuals under 18 years of age, the supervisor is responsible for so informing, in writing, the parent, guardian, surrogate parent or person acting as a parent of a child in the absence of a parent or guardian.

Statutory and Regulatory Requirements

Each audiologist must annually, on or before October 31, register with the Board all audiology aides or assistants working directly under the supervision of the licensee.

  • An audiology aide means a person who meets the minimum requirements established by the board and who works directly under the supervision of a licensed audiologist.
  • An industrial audiology aide or assistant means an aide who conducts pure tone air conduction threshold audiograms for industrial hearing tests in addition to other services.

The supervisor is responsible for insuring that the aide is adequately trained for the tasks he/she will perform; the amount of supervision is based on level of aide classification. Each licensee may supervise three or more aides or assistants  with Board approval.

Audiology aides and audiology industrial aides or assistants shall complete 10 units of approved continuing education annually and submit verification of the continuing education to the board by affirmation of the licensed supervisor on the supervisor's renewal form by February 1 annually.

Resources

For further information on laws and regulations for speech-language pathology and audiology support personnel in educational and other practice settings, please visit these websites:

To see where your state stands on support personnel licensure trends, please view the trends charts which are updated annually:

Questions regarding state advocacy issues? Call ASHA at 800-498-2071 and ask for the State Advocacy Team.

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