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Certification Maintenance Frequently Asked Questions: General Information

How do I maintain my ASHA certification?

Demonstration of continued professional development is mandated for maintenance of the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). Individuals must accumulate 30 contact hours of professional development during each 3-year interval to maintain their certification and submit a Certification Maintenance Compliance Form as verification, in addition to paying annual dues or the annual certification fee, and abiding by the Code of Ethics.

What is a Compliance Form and why do I need to submit one?

The Compliance Form provides verification of completion of the certification maintenance requirement for maintaining your certification. All certificate holders must submit this form during each maintenance interval to affirm that they have met the certification maintenance standard.

What are the deadlines for submitting my Compliance Form?

Your Compliance Form can be submitted at any time after the 30 CMHs have been accumulated, but no later than December 31 of the final year of your maintenance interval.

Can I be exempt from the ASHA certification maintenance requirement?

ASHA only offers exemptions in the categories of Medical Disability, Active Military Deployment, or Retirement. Please review the Exemptions to the Professional Development Requirement to see if you qualify.

I live outside of the United States. How will I be able to meet the certification maintenance requirement?

Professional development activities offered through your employer and other professional associations and universities in your country of residence will be accepted as long as they meet all criteria in the definition of professional development. You will be responsible for obtaining and maintaining documentation of participation for each activity. There are also many courses available online. For more information, please contact our Continuing Education unit at or contact the Action Center at 800-498-2071.

What are Certification Maintenance Hours (CMHs) and how are they calculated?

CMHs are calculated as follows:

  • 3.0 continuing education units (CEUs) = 30 CMHs
  • 1.0 CEU = 10 CMHs
  • 0.1 CEU = 1 CMH
  • 1 quarter hour of academic course work = 10 CMHs
  • 1 semester hour of academic course work = 15 CMHs

A CMH is 60 minutes spent in a professional development activity as a learner and participant. CMHs are accumulated through participation in non-ASHA CEU activities for the purpose of maintaining your CCC.

How does ASHA enforce the certification maintenance standards?

ASHA conducts random audits of certificate holders, who then are required to provide documentation of the earning of their 30 CMHs. If you have not submitted your Compliance Form by August 1 of the year following the end of your maintenance interval, you will not receive an invoice for your dues/fees for the next year. (Once you submit your Compliance Form you will receive your invoice.) If you are still not compliant by December 31—one year after the end of your maintenance interval—you will lose your certification.

How do I make sure that I receive all important communications from ASHA about my certification?

To be sure that you receive important information regarding your certification status, maintenance interval, and annual invoices for dues/fees, be sure to notify the National Office of any name, address, and e-mail changes as soon as they occur. You may make these changes yourself on the My Account section of the website or by calling the ASHA Action Center at 800-498-2071.

Is there anyone I can speak with if I have more questions or need help?

Yes, there is assistance available. You can contact the ASHA Action Center at 800-498-2071 if you have further questions about the certification maintenance process or to speak with your certification manager.

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