American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Establish a Clinical Specialty Area

Standards for Approval as a Clinical Specialty Area of Practice (Area Standards) are used to approve new clinical specialty areas of practice, and are the sole criteria to be applied by the Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology's Committee on Clinical Specialty Certification (CCSC) in determining whether an applicant petitioning group will be successful in establishing a Specialty Certification Board.

A petitioning group may be any group of practitioners in the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology (whether or not a Special Interest Group [SIG] or an Allied and Related Professional Organization [A/RPO] of ASHA) that demonstrates that it represents practitioners of a particular area of clinical practice who wish to petition for approval as a specialty area. In the absence of a formal organization, the petitioning group may submit a petition signed by ASHA members who practice in the area indicating their support of the application.

Area Standards

  1. The specialty area is neither parallel to nor subsumed within the scope of practice of another area of specialization.
  2. The specialty area affects a definable population of consumers whose needs require a distinct body of knowledge, skills, and experience.
  3. The specialty area represents a distinct and definable body of knowledge and skills, grounded in basic and applied research, as well as in principles derived from professional practice.
  4. The specialty area is one in which individual practitioners currently practice and/or required for the delivery of services to consumers.
  5. The specialty area has mechanisms for acquisition of the required knowledge, skills, and experience.

Questions?

Contact specialtycertification@asha.org.

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