American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

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

2005 SLP Certification Standards

Once I have submitted all of my paperwork, can I begin working without supervision?

No. Submission of paperwork does not mean that you are certified. Until you receive notification from the National Office that certification has been awarded, you may not

  • present yourself as holding the CCC-SLP 
  • represent that you are certified by ASHA
  • act in any manner that signifies ASHA certification
  • supervise students engaged in their clinical fellowship or students in clinical practicum who expect to use those hours/experiences to apply for ASHA certification

After I apply for certification, how much time do I have to complete the certification process?

Once you apply for certification you have five years in which to complete the process.

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 they occur. You may make these changes yourself on the member section of the website, or by calling the ASHA Action Center at 800-498-2071.

How will I be informed that I have been awarded certification?

You will receive three things in the mail:

  1. a letter of congratulations on your newly received certification
  2. a letter verifying your certification that can be shown to your employer
  3. a Certificate Order Form to order your copy of the Certificate of Clinical Competence

When will I receive the actual Certificate of Clinical Competence?

If you wish to receive the actual Certificate, you will need to complete the Certificate Order Form (see above question) and return it to the National Office. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks after submission of your order form to receive the Certificate.

Will ASHA notify my state licensure board/regulatory agency once I am certified?

ASHA does not automatically send verification of certification to other entities. If you need a verification letter once you have been awarded certification, use the online Certification Verification system to download and print an official ASHA verification letter. You may also contact the ASHA Action Center at 800-498-2071 to have a letter prepared and sent to the entity you designate. 

If I have more questions or need help, is there anyone I can talk with?

Yes, there is assistance available. You can contact the ASHA Action Center at 800-498-2071 if you have general questions about the certification process. For specific information regarding your file, please contact your Certification Case Manager who has access to the materials you have submitted. The phone number for your Case Manager also appears on information you are sent when you submit your application for certification.


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