American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Certification Maintenance Frequently Asked Questions: Earning Professional Development Hours

When should I begin accumulating Certification Maintenance Hours (CMHs) for my 3-year maintenance interval?

If you are newly certified, you may start accumulating your CMHs on January 1 following the date your certification was awarded. Current certificate holders can begin earning CMHs beginning January 1 of the first year of each 3-year maintenance interval. For example, if your 3-year maintenance interval is 2014–2016, you can earn hours from January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2016.

What qualifies as acceptable professional development activities for certification maintenance?

The ASHA certification maintenance standard has defined professional development and acceptable professional development activities. Your activities should be documented using CMHs as reporting units.

Do I have to earn ASHA CEUs to maintain my ASHA certification?

No. ASHA CEUs are just one way that you can meet the professional development requirement for certification maintenance. You may also use any acceptable professional development activities that are not registered for ASHA CEUs, such as:

  • employer-sponsored in-service training programs
  • other professional organizations' continuing education activities
  • college or university course work from an institution that holds regional accreditation or its equivalent
  • courses offered by any provider authorized by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

Is there a limit to the number of CMHs that can be completed online?

There is no limit to the number of CMHs that can be completed online.

Is there a restriction on the number of professional development activities that can be completed and submitted in one topic/area?

There is no limit, although you are encouraged to vary your activities to maximize your acquisition of new knowledge and skills.

Do I need prior approval for my professional development activities?

No. Your activity will be accepted as long as

  • it occurred during your 3-year maintenance interval
  • you have determined that the activity's content meets the certification maintenance standard's definition of professional development
  • you have obtained acceptable documentation

Do dual certificate holders have to earn 60 CMHs every 3 years?

No. Dual certificate holders only need to accumulate 30 total CMHs. The hours can be earned in either the field of audiology or speech-language pathology; however, dual certificate holders must submit a compliance form for both areas of certification.

What if I can't afford the cost of professional development?

Conferences and workshops can be expensive, but they are not the only way to earn CMHs. You can also earn hours by:

  • joining an ASHA Special Interest Group to take advantage of CEUs offered for a nominal fee through the Perspectives newsletter—affiliation costs only $35 per year;
  • getting a group of colleagues together to participate in a webinar—the larger your group, the lower the per-person cost;
  • using ASHA's CE Course Search to find courses offered by all ASHA Approved CE Providers.

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