Continuing Education Credit at the ASHA Convention
Get the Credit You Deserve
The ASHA Convention is one of your best opportunities to earn continuing education credit to maintain your state license or ASHA certification, demonstrate continued professional development to employers, or simply to increase your knowledge. Here's how to get the most [PDF] from your ASHA Convention continuing education experience.
How much CE credit can I earn at the 2016 ASHA Convention?
The maximum credit you can earn at Convention, including ticketed pre-Convention sessions and special activities on Wednesday, November 16, is 30.5 PDHs (3.05 ASHA CEUs). The maximum, not counting pre‑Convention activities, is 26.5 PDHs (2.65 ASHA CEUs).
Who is eligible for continuing education credit?
If you are registered for Convention, you are eligible for CE credit. Students, SLP and audiology assistants, clinical fellows, and nonmembers are all encouraged to apply for credit. The type of credit you are eligible to earn depends on your profession. See sections below on Professional Development Hours (PDHs) and ASHA Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
What are ASHA CEUs, and who is eligible to earn them?
ASHA CEUs, widely recognized by state licensing boards and other authorities and accepted as demonstration of continued professional development for maintenance of the ASHA CCC, are awarded by ASHA's Continuing Education Board through the ASHA CE Registry. One ASHA CEU (1.0 ASHA CEU) is awarded for 10 hours of continuing education activity.
You are eligible to earn ASHA CEUs if you are any one of these:
- ASHA member, Life Member, or International Affiliate
- ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) holder
- Licensed or credentialed by a national, state, or provincial regulatory agency (e.g., a state board of education) to practice speech-language pathology or audiology
- Clinical Fellow supervised by an individual holding the ASHA CCC
- Currently enrolled in a master's or doctoral program in speech-language pathology or audiology
Eligible persons must join the ASHA CE Registry to receive ASHA CEUs. Learn more about the CE Registry. Joining the Registry is optional. If you are eligible to earn ASHA CEUs, but choose not to join the Registry, you may receive professional development hours (PDHs).
What are PDHs, and who is eligible to receive them?
PDHs are an alternative unit of measure of continuing education activities. Anyone who is registered for Convention is eligible to receive PDHs. One PDH equals 1 hour of continuing education. PDHs for the ASHA Convention count toward ASHA certification maintenance. Check with your state license board to learn whether PDHs will count toward state license renewal. Whether you are earning ASHA CEUs or PDHs at Convention, you follow the same reporting procedures and deadlines.
What sessions count for credit?
Any Convention session that has a 4-digit session number carries CE credit. Ticketed pre-Convention education events, such as symposia and workshops, are considered part of Convention for continuing education purposes, and you claim credit for them in the same way you claim for other Convention sessions.
If there is no 4-digit session number, the session carries no CE credit. Activities that do not carry CE credit include:
- Opening General Session
- Awards Ceremony
- Caring Square community service activities
- Committee, Board and Council meetings
- NSSLHA Experience sessions and NSSLHA poster presentations
How are my CE credits calculated?
The number of credits you earn is determined by the duration of the educational sessions you attend. Your total hours are converted to PDHs or ASHA CEUs. Both PDHs and ASHA CEUs are rounded down to the nearest half hour. So, if you spend a total of 16 hours and 45 minutes in education sessions, you will earn 16.5 PDHs or 1.65 ASHA CEUs.
You must attend sessions in full in order to claim credit for them. The system will not allow you to claim credit for two sessions that overlap in time according to the program. See the Poster Sessions section for more information on how Poster Session credits work.
The time equivalents of each session type are:
- Short Courses: 3 hours
- 2-hour seminars: 2 hours
- 1-hour seminars: 1 hour
- Technical sessions: 30 minutes
- Posters: 15 minutes
- Pre-Convention events: Variable depending on event time
To earn credit for posters, you must visit them during the 90-minute period indicated in the program when the presenting authors are present to discuss their work. Each poster counts for 15 minutes, even if you spend more time. You may claim up to six posters in each 90-minute time block. You may claim credit for posters you visit between other education sessions, provided the visit occurs during the 90-minute period indicated in the program.
Exhibitors using one of their company's complimentary full Convention registrations are eligible to attend sessions and earn continuing education credit. Exhibitors using an Exhibit Hall-only badge are not eligible to attend sessions or earn continuing education credit.
As a presenting author, you may claim your Convention session for credit, earning the same amount of credit as a participant. In the case of poster sessions, this is 15 minutes. We are not able to award credit for the time you spend preparing your presentation or poster.
ASHA CEUs or PDHs accrued at Convention will count toward CCC maintenance, provided you are in your 3-year maintenance interval. Please note that if you were initially certified during 2016, your CCC maintenance interval begins on January 1, 2017.
Florida and Ohio Licensees and CE Broker
If you are licensed in Florida or Ohio, participate in the CE Registry and have provided your license number to ASHA, your ASHA CEUs from Convention will automatically be reported to CE Broker. You must participate in the CE Registry for your credit to be sent to CE Broker.
This course is offered for up to 3.05 ASHA CEUs (Various levels, Professional area).
American Academy of Audiology (AAA)
ASHA Professional Development is approved by the American Academy of Audiology to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum of 3.05 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity is based on course content only and does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedure, or adherence of the event to the Academy's Code of Ethics. Any views that are presented are those of the presenter/CE Provider and not necessarily of the American Academy of Audiology.
To earn AAA CEUs, complete and turn in an AAA CEU participant form, available at any information booth. There is no charge by ASHA for this service.
Pennsylvania Act 48
The Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association (PSHA) is proud to be the Act 48 provider for the ASHA Convention in Philadelphia.
To submit your ASHA Convention CE hours for Act 48, visit the PSHA website (link available in November). PSHA will assess a $5 fee for reporting hours to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The deadline to submit is December 1, 2016.
PSHA is an approved provider by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to sponsor Continuing Education programs as required by Act 48. This program is offered for up to 30.5 clock hours. Individuals attending the program must arrive on time and stay the duration of the program in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours.