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Apply for Clinical Specialty Certification

The Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology's (CFCC) Committee on Clinical Specialty Certification (CCSC) establishes minimum standards for certification as a Board Certified Specialist (BCS). Additionally, each Specialty Certification Board (SCB) is responsible for specifying the educational, experiential, and clinical experience beyond the CCC-A or CCC-SLP and the minimum standards set by the CFCC that must be met to qualify for specialty certification in its area of practice.

"Joining a network of board certified specialists offers the kind of peer-to-peer support that elevates our practice."

Sherry Sancibrian, MS, CCC-SLP

Information about the requirements for a BCS designation is available by contacting the appropriate SCB for an application and information about its requirements and fees.

Specialist Standards

Specialty Certification Boards must comply with each of the Standards for Certification as a Board Certified Specialist (Specialist Standards) in order to confer individual recognition as a BCS.

ASHA Certification
Individual practitioners must currently hold the appropriate ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC).

Post-Certification Experience
There must be a specific requirement for post-CCC experience that includes a minimum of 3 years (or full-time equivalent) post-CCC with evidence of work with clinical populations in the area of specialty certification that is sought.

Clinical Experience in the Specialty Area
There must be a specific requirement of demonstrable clinical experience in the specialty area (minimum level of hours) to include documented evidence of a minimum of 450 hours of direct clinical contact in the area of specialization. Time frame is determined by each Specialty Board. Direct clinical contact is defined as (a) providing services in identification, prevention, assessment, and intervention, (b) serving in a treatment-related supervisory capacity, and/or (c) serving as a consultant in case-based programs or situations. The Specialty Board may further define the demonstrable clinical experience in a specialty area. Indirect clinical contact is defined as activities related to the specialty areas that are not defined in direct clinical contact. Additional indirect contact in the area of specialization may include program development, presentation, publications, and teaching. The Specialty Board may further define indirect clinical experience in a specialty area.

Continuing Education
There must be a provision for documenting specialized preparation that goes beyond the preparation specified to satisfy the requirements for the CCC that includes 6 CEUs (60 contact hours) in the area of specialty certification in the immediate 3 years prior to applying and documented evidence of intermediate or advanced continuing education.

Assessment of Knowledge, Skills, and Experience
There must be a mechanism for verifying knowledge, skills, and experience of practitioners in the specialty area. A variety of measures may be used based on the results of the practice analysis to assess advanced knowledge and skills. The measure must be approved by the CCSC and include one of the following: standard examination, portfolio review, practical exam, or structured interview.

Maintenance and Renewal
There must be a mechanism for renewal of the specialist certification status. Continuing maintenance of an individual's certification as a specialist will be, at all time, contingent upon maintenance of the individual's CCC, documented evidence of a minimum of 100 hours per year of direct and/or indirect clinical contact hours in the area of specialization, and 10 CEUs (100 contact hours) over the 5-year renewal period in the area of specialty certification and document evidence of intermediate or advanced continuing education.

Revocation of Specialty Certification
There must be a mechanism for revocation of certification as a clinical specialist.

Questions?

Contact specialtycertification@asha.org.

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