CFCC Call For Nominations – NEW May 1 Deadline
Transition to Specialty Certification
The Nominating Committee of the Council For Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC) is currently soliciting nominations to fill seven vacancies on the CFCC in 2014, which will include two new positions for Board Recognized Specialists.
The ASHA Board of Directors approved the transition of the Clinical Specialty Recognition (CSR) program to a Clinical Specialty Certification (CSC) program in 2012 (BOD 19-2012). On January 1, 2014, the newly approved CSC program will replace the current CSR program, and the specialty certification program will begin to be overseen by the CFCC.
The deadline for nominations is May 1, 2013. Vacancies include:
- two Board Recognized Specialists (in any specialty area)*
- one ASHA certified speech-language pathologist+
- three ASHA certified audiologists+
- one public member
* One specialist will have a 3-year term (January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2016) and one specialist will have a 2-year term (January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2015). Note that Board Recognized Specialists serving on a specialty board may not serve concurrently on the CFCC.
+ These positions are for 3-year terms beginning January 1, 2014, and ending December 31, 2016.
The CFCC offers voluntary certification to individuals who hold a graduate degree in audiology or speech-language pathology. (Specific policies and procedures for the operation of the specialty certification program will be developed in 2013 for implementation in 2014.) The CFCC's current charges are to
- Define the standards for clinical certification in audiology and speech-language pathology
- Apply established standards in granting certification to individuals
- Withdraw certification in cases where certification has been granted on the basis of inaccurate information
- Define and administer the certification reinstatement process
- Administer the certification maintenance program
Minimum requirements for service on the CFCC—with the exception of the public member—are current membership in ASHA and current certification in the area for which you are seeking appointment. Council composition must include at least four practitioners (two audiologists and two speech-language pathologists). Requirements for service by an individual desiring to be considered for the public member are knowledge of the standards setting process, a desire to serve as a consumer advocate, representing and protecting the public interest, and overseeing the certification process for fairness and reasonable action.
Individuals interested in serving on the CFCC should be familiar with the charges to the CFCC and understand the responsibilities involved. Service on the Council requires commitment and time. Members will establish certification standards and implementation language, determine the passing score on the Praxis examinations, review and evaluate selected applications processed by the National Office staff, and provide guidance on questions from applicants, graduate educational programs, and National Office certification staff. It's important to note that the CFCC relies heavily on technology and its Web-based Collaborate site to conduct its work and meetings.
The CFCC holds two 3-day meetings per year at the ASHA National Office, typically the third week in February and the third weekend in July, and a 1-day meeting prior to the ASHA Convention. Attendance at these meetings is vital. ASHA reimburses normal travel expenses according to ASHA Travel Policies for 2 meetings per year held in the ASHA National Office.
Application and Appointments Process
The CFCC Nominating Committee will prepare a slate of candidates from the applications received by the deadline, consisting of at least two individuals for each vacant position. The slate will be presented to the ASHA Board of Directors for final approval. Please download and use the CFCC Nomination Form [PDF] on the ASHA website to submit your application to serve on the CFCC. If you are unable to print the form from the website, please provide your contact information and we will e-mail the form to you.
Submit completed application forms by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax or mail no later than May 1, 2013, to:
Earl "Gip" Seaver, Chair
CFCC Nominating Committee
c/o Patti Tice
2200 Research Blvd., #310
Rockville, MD 20850-3289
Questions concerning the process may be addressed to Patti Tice, interim CFCC ex officio, at email@example.com or 301-296-5796.