American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Certification Standards for Audiology
Frequently Asked Questions: Implementation Date and Degree/Accreditation Requirement

Implementation Date

When did the 2012 audiology standards take effect?

The 2012 audiology standards took effect January 1, 2012, and require that all individuals applying for initial or reinstatement of certification as of that date have an earned doctoral degree. The 2012 standards are a result of a Practice and Curriculum Analysis of the Profession of Audiology that was conducted in 2007 under the auspices of the CAA and CFCC. The CFCC reviewed the survey data and determined that the standards for Clinical Certification and the Praxis examination blueprint needed revision in order to be in line with the results of the survey. Proposed standards were distributed for select and widespread peer review in 2008 and all comments were considered in the final version of the document. The CFCC approved the 2012 standards in July 2009 and set an implementation date of January 1, 2012.

Degree/Accreditation Requirement

What is the degree requirement for ASHA certification in audiology?

Individuals applying for certification in audiology beginning January 1, 2012, must have been awarded a doctoral degree.

Is the AuD the only degree that is accepted by ASHA under the 2012 standards?

No. Although most accredited clinical doctoral programs in audiology offer the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree, the CFCC's requirement for an earned doctoral degree does not exclude any specific designator (PhD, EdD, or ScD) to meet this standard.

In order for me to be certified, does my program need to be accredited, and by whom?

As was required under earlier standards, all graduate level academic course work and clinical practicum for ASHA certification must have been initiated and completed in a program that holds accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA). You can find a list of accredited programs in your area using EdFind, ASHA's academic search engine.

Does my doctoral degree have to have been awarded in audiology?

No. Your graduate degree may be in any area as long as you have completed sufficient course work and clinical practicum to successfully meet the knowledge and skill requirements mandated by the audiology certification standards.

What verification is required to prove that I have been awarded a graduate degree?

Applicants must submit either an official transcript showing the date the degree was awarded, or a letter from the registrar indicating that the degree requirements have been completed, the degree designation, and the date the degree was or will be awarded.

If I already have the CCC-A, will I have to have a doctoral degree beginning in 2012 to maintain my certification?

No. Only individuals applying for initial certification, or those whose certification was dropped or has been revoked and are reinstating after December 31, 2011, will be required to hold a doctoral degree. As long as your annual dues/fees remain current and your certification maintenance requirement is met every 3 years, you will not be required to obtain a doctoral degree.

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