American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Certification Standards for Speech-Language Pathology Frequently Asked Questions: General Information

2014 SLP Certification Standards

When do the 2014 certification standards go into effect?

The 2014 certification standards are effective beginning September 1, 2014.

When will the 2005 certification standards expire?

The 2005 certification standards will expire August 31, 2014.

I will be graduating in May 2014. Which certification standards should I apply under?

Beginning September 1, 2013, you may apply under either the 2005 or 2014 certification standards as long as you submit your application for certification by August 31, 2014.

I will graduate in May 2014, but I will not complete my clinical fellowship until February 2015. Can I still apply under the 2005 certification standards?

Yes. You can submit your application for certification upon completion of your academic course work and clinical practicum requirements. Applicants have 2 years from the initiation of the certification process to begin their clinical fellowship and 4 years to complete the experience. Your certification status will remain "in process"during this period of time until certification is awarded.

Will there be a "grace period” to apply under the 2005 certification standards after September 1, 2014?

No, there will be no grace period. Applicants will be able to apply under both the 2005 and 2014 standards beginning September 1, 2013, through August 31, 2014. However, as of September 1, 2014, applicants will be eligible to apply under the 2014 certification standards only.

When can I apply for certification under the 2014 certification standards?

You will be able to apply for certification under the 2014 certification standards beginning September 1, 2013.

Can I use the 2005 certification application to apply under the 2014 certification standards?

No. You will be required to use the 2014 certification application and program director verification form.

Will I be required to take the statistics course in graduate school to meet the 2014 certification standards?

No. It would be acceptable to take the course during your undergraduate OR graduate academic course work.

What are the major differences between the 2005 and 2014 certification standards?

The major differences between the 2005 and 2014 certification standards are:

2005 SLP Certification Standards 2014 SLP Certification Standards
Standard III-A: The applicant must have prerequisite knowledge of the biological sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, and the social/behavioral sciences. Standard IV-A: The applicant must have demonstrated knowledge of the biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, and the social/behavioral sciences.
Course work in math could include, among others, statistics and non-remedial mathematics. Statistics will now be required. (Note: Statistics was previously a generic mathematics requirement.) Research methodology courses in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) may not be used to satisfy the statistics requirement.
Appropriate course work in biological sciences could include, among others, biology, general anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, and genetics. Acceptable courses in biological sciences should emphasize a content area related to human or animal sciences (e.g., biology, human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, human genetics, veterinary science).

Courses in biological and physical sciences specifically related to communication sciences and disorders (CSD) may not be applied for certification purposes to this category unless the course fulfills a university requirement in one of these areas.
Course work in physical sciences could include, among others, physics and chemistry. Acceptable courses in physical sciences should include physics or chemistry.
Course work in behavioral sciences could include, among others, psychology, sociology, and cultural anthropology. Acceptable courses in social/behavioral sciences should include psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health.

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