American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Virginia Licensing Requirements for Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists

The information below is collected from state licensure boards or regulatory agencies responsible for regulating the professions of speech-language pathology and/or audiology. The information is reviewed on an annual basis. Please be advised that laws, regulations, and policies may change at any time, so always check with your state for the most up-to-date information.

Initial Licensure

  1. Holds ASHA CCCs, American Board of Audiology certification or any other accrediting body recognized by the Board and has passed the qualifying examination within three years preceding the date of application or have actively been engagedin the area in which they seeks licensure for one of the past three consecutive years preceding the date of application
    or
  2. Holds a master's or equivalent or doctoral degree from an institution accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) or an equivalent accrediting body and has passed a qualifying examination approved by the Board within three years preceding the date of application or have been actively engaged in the respective profession one of the past three consecutive years preceding the date of application.

Exemptions

  1. Federal, state, county, municipal or educational institution employees as a speech or hearing specialist or therapist
  2. Students/interns/trainees
  3. Unlicensed persons employed by a licensed audiologist or speech-language pathologist to assist him/her in practice
  4. Licensed persons performing within their scope of practice

Reciprocity

  1. An applicant who has been licensed in another jurisdiction in the United States may apply for licensure in Virginia by submission of a completed application, payment of the application fee, and submission of documentation of 15 continuing competency hours for each year in which they has been licensed in the other jurisdiction, not to exceed 60 hours and must meet the qualifications for licensure in Virginia or provide documentation of a current license in another jurisdiction in the U.S. and evidence of practice for three of the past five years.
  2. Audiology applicants who do not meet above requirements may qualify by practice under supervision with a provisional license for six months and a recommendation for licensure by applicant's supervisor. The Board may issue a provisional license to an applicant who has met the educational qualifications and passage of the exam.
  3. Applicants must provide evidence that no disciplinary action has been taken/is pending against their license in another jurisdiction.

Interim Practice

  1. The Board may issue a provisional license to an audiology applicant for licensure who has met the educational requirements or is currently enrolled in a doctoral program accredited by the CAA or an equivalent body and within three years prior to application, has met the examination requirements for licensure; practice must be under a licensed supervisor. The provisional license shall expire 18 months from the date of issuance and may be renewed for an additional six months via a renewal fee.
  2. The Board may issue a provisional license to a speech-language pathology applicant for licensure who has met the educational requirements and examination requirements for licensure, to allow the applicant to obtain clinical experience.

Continuing Education

Thirty contact hours of continuing learning activities are required per biennial renewal; dual licenseesmust have 45 continuing education hours for renewal.

Telepractice

Virginia does not currently regulate telepractice. For information on states that do regulate telepractice, visit State Telepractice Requirements.

Board Oversight

Virginia Board of Audiology and Speech Pathology

Resources

For further information on laws and regulations for speech-language pathologists and audiologist, please visit this website:

Virginia Practice Act & Rules and Regulations

Questions regarding state advocacy issues? Call ASHA at 800-498-2071 and ask for the State Advocacy Team.

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