American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Certification Standards for Speech-Language Pathology Frequently Asked Questions: Implementation Date and Degree/Accreditation Requirement

2005 SLP Certification Standards

Implementation Date

When did the 2005 standards go into effect?

The 2005 standards went into effect January 1, 2006.

I received my degree a number of years ago. Do I have to apply under the 2005 standards?

Yes. If you wish to pursue initial certification in speech-language pathology you must apply under the 2005 standards and meet the knowledge and skill requirements outlined in these standards.

Degree/Accreditation Requirement

What is the degree requirement for ASHA certification in speech-language pathology?

Individuals applying for certification in speech-language pathology must have been awarded a master's, doctoral, or other recognized graduate degree.

In order for me to become 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 submitted 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 CAA accredited programs by using EdFind, ASHA's academic search engine

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.

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