October 30, 2012 News

SLPs Will Need Statistics for Certification

Speech-language pathologists will need to demonstrate knowledge in statistics to earn clinical certification beginning Sept. 1, 2014.

The new requirement is the only major difference in new clinical certification standards recently approved by the Council for Clinical Certification (CFCC) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.

The CFCC had proposed a number of standards changes in 2011 and made its final decision after considering feedback received during the peer review comment period.

Based on practice analysis and peer review feedback, the 2014 Speech-Language Pathology Standard IV-A will require applicants to have demonstrated knowledge in statistics, given its alignment with evidence-based practice.

Also in response to peer review feedback, the CFCC chose not to delete references to a specific number of hours or length of time required for a clinical practicum, although it made a few other clarifying edits in those and other standards.

The CFCC made no other major changes that substantially alter the intent or implementation of the original standards.

The final version of the 2014 certification standards is available online. For a side-by-side comparison of the new and old standards [PDF] with a description and explanation of the changes, go to the ASHA website.

For more information about the implementation of the revised certification standards, contact certification@asha.org.


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