Changing Your ASHA Certification Status

If you are retired from practice, deployed on active military duty, or disabled and unable to work due to medical circumstances (or serving as the primary caregiver for another with medical circumstance), you may be eligible to change your ASHA certification status to Retired or Inactive.

Certificate holders interested in changing their certification status are required to submit a signed affidavit that confirms they will not provide or supervise the provision of clinical services while their certification status is Inactive or Retired. ASHA defines clinical services as the evaluation and treatment of persons with speech-language and/or hearing impairments, whether such services are provided in elementary or secondary schools, in private practice, or in free-standing community clinics, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, nursing homes, or other facilities.

Certificate holders who qualify for Retired or Inactive status

  • continue to be bound by the Code of Ethics;
  • may be eligible for waiver of or a reduction in the annual membership dues and/or certification fees;
  • will be required to complete Certification Maintenance Hours (CMHs) to regain Active certification;
  • may be required to apply for reinstatement to regain Active certification.

All changes to certification status will be made public through the online ASHA Certification Verification search. Certificate holders who qualify for a change in certification status must use the following designations during their retirement or period of inactive certification:

  • CCC-A (Retired)
  • CCC-SLP (Retired)
  • CCC-A (Inactive)
  • CCC-SLP (Inactive)

Certificate Holders Who Are Retired From Practice

Certificate holders who are retired from practice (not providing or supervising the provision of clinical services) may qualify to change their Active certification status to CCC-A (Retired) or CCC-SLP (Retired). Once approved, these individuals are no longer required to meet certification maintenance professional development requirements.

Effective September 1, 2015: Retired certification is available to certificate holders who are in good standing, have retired from practice, and who either have held certification for at least 25 total years or are 65 years of age or older. Retired certificate holders who also qualify for Life Membership are eligible for a reduction in their annual membership dues. If you hold Retired status and decide to return to practice, you will be required to reinstate your certification, which may include completing professional development hours and passing the national Praxis exam. To apply for Retired Certification status please complete and submit the CCC Retired Affidavit Form [PDF].

Certificate Holders with Medical Circumstances

Certificate holders who have a medical circumstance, or who are primary care givers for someone who has a medical circumstance that prevents the certificate holder from working in the professions may qualify to change their Active certification status to Inactive. If approved, these individuals will not be required to meet the certification maintenance standard during the time of Inactive status. To qualify for Inactive status, individuals must (a) provide evidence documenting the inability to work in the professions, such as a letter from a doctor or a Social Security Administration determination letter, and (b) sign an affidavit confirming that they are not providing or supervising the provision of clinical services. Individuals approved for Inactive status may also be eligible to have their annual dues and certification fees waived during the time of Inactive status if they have been a Certified Member for at least 5 years. Please complete and submit the CCC Medical Circumstances Inactive Affidavit Form [PDF] to apply for Inactive status. 

Certificate Holders Who Are Deployed On Active Military Duty

Certificate holders deployed on active military duty, who will not be providing or supervising clinical services during that time, may qualify to change their Active certification status to CCC-A (Inactive) or CCC-SLP (Inactive). If approved, they will not be required to meet certification maintenance standards, their annual dues and certification fees will be waived during the time of deployment, and they will be assigned a new 3-year maintenance interval that will begin January 1 of the year following their return. If a certificate holder is deployed for the purpose of providing clinical services or supervising the provision of clinical services, waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you believe this exemption applies to you, please complete and submit the CCC Inactive (Active Military Duty) Affidavit Form [PDF] and include a copy of your military orders.

Transitioning from Inactive to Active Certification Status

Effective January 1, 2016: Inactive certification status cannot be held for more than 4 years. An individual holding the CCC-A (Inactive) or CCC-SLP (Inactive) status who wishes to return to clinical practice may be able to regain Active certification status by following the policy below that was approved by the Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.

Individuals who have held CCC-A or CCC-SLP (Inactive) status for 4 years or less and who are seeking to regain CCC-A or CCC-SLP (Active) status must:

  • Notify the National Office of their intent to return to Active certification status by completing and submitting the Return to Active Certification Form [PDF].
  • Provide evidence of acceptable professional development activities (completed no more than 3 years prior to the submission of the affidavit form) based on the number of years of Inactive status
    • 1 year = 10 CMHs
    • 2 years = 20 CMHs
    • 3 years = 30 CMHs
    • 4 years = 30 CMHs

Individuals who have held the CCC-A or CCC-SLP (Inactive) status for more than 4 years will automatically have their certification retired and must apply for reinstatement of the CCC to regain Active Certification.

Questions?

Please contact ASHA at 800-498-2071 and ask to be connected to a certification manager.

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