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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 a current and unrestricted Certificate of Clinical Competence in the area in which they seek licensure issued by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, certification issued by the American Board of Audiology or any other accrediting body recognized by the board. Verification of currency shall be in the form of a certified letter from a recognized accrediting body issued within six months prior to licensure; and
  2. Has passed the qualifying examination from an accrediting body recognized by the board within three years preceding the date of applying for licensure, or has been actively engaged in the respective profession for which he seeks licensure for one of the past three consecutive years preceding the date of application; or

The board may grant a license to an applicant as a school speech-language pathologist who holds a master's degree in speech-language-pathology.

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. 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:
    1. Is a graduate of or is currently enrolled in a doctoral program in audiology at a college or university whose audiology program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association or an equivalent accrediting body;
    2. Has successfully completed all the didactic coursework required for the doctoral degree as documented by the audiology program; and
    3. Has passed a qualifying examination from an accrediting body recognized by the board within three years preceding the date of applying for provisional licensure in Virginia.
  2. The Board may issue a provisional license to a speech-language pathology applicant for licensure who:
    1. Is a graduate of or is currently enrolled in a graduate program in speech-language pathology at a college or university whose program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association or an equivalent accrediting body;
    2. Has successfully completed all the didactic coursework required for the graduate degree as documented by the speech-language pathology program; and 
    3. Has passed a qualifying examination from an accrediting body recognized by the board within three years preceding the date of applying for provisional licensure in Virginia.

Continuing Education

Thirty contact hours of continuing learning activities are required per biennial renewal; dual licensees must 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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