American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Membership Categories

ASHA offers a variety of membership categories. The eligibility requirements of each category are listed below:

Certified Membership

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Certified Membership is open to individuals applying for or who currently hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). To be eligible, you must meet the audiology and/or speech-language pathology standards in effect at the time of your application. Certified Members are afforded the full benefits of membership and certification.

Membership without Certification

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Membership without Certification is open to individuals who (a) hold a graduate degree or its equivalent with major emphasis in audiology, speech-language pathology, or speech, language, or hearing science; or (b) hold a graduate degree or its equivalent and present evidence of active research, interest, and performance in the field of human communication; and are not involved in providing clinical services* or in supervising students and/or clinical fellows; and (c) reside in the United States. Persons joining ASHA as Members without Certification are afforded the full benefits of membership.

Life Membership

Life Membership is available to current ASHA Members who meet the following requirements:

  • age of at least 65 at the time of application, and
  • at least 25 consecutive years of ASHA membership immediately prior to reaching age 65.

ASHA's elected volunteer leaders have established eligibility requirements for this and all ASHA membership categories. For more information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

Graduate Student Membership

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Current ASHA Certified Members who are returning to school as full-time or part-time students pursuing a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (or a related field) at a regionally accredited institution are eligible to receive ASHA's Graduate Student Membership dues discount. You cannot join ASHA through this category. For more information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

Additional Categories

Medical Inactive Status

Individuals with medical disabilities (either short- or long term) that prevent them from working in their profession will not be required to meet the certification maintenance professional development standards, and their certification fees will be waived during the period of their medical disability.

Retired Certification Status

Individuals who are retired from practice (not providing services or supervising the provision of clinical services) are not required to meet the certification maintenance professional development requirements. Only individuals who have held the CCCs for 25 consecutive years, and who are 65 years of age or older are eligible for this status.

Deployed Military Inactive Status

Individuals deployed on active military duty will not be required to meet the certification maintenance professional development standards, and their certification fees will be waived during their deployment.

Certificate Holder-Only

An individual may also choose to apply for certificate-holder status that is, hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence but not become a member of the Association. Non-member certificate holders are not eligible for member benefits.

For more information on these categories, please visit Exemptions to the Professional Development Requirement.


* The term clinical services is defined as 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.

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