American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Washington 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

Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

  1. Master's degree or doctorate degree or equivalent from a a Board-approved institution of higher learning
  2. Supervised clinical practicum
  3. 36 weeks full-time or part time equivalent postgraduate professional work experience
  4. Passage of an exam
  5. Completion of four clock hours in AIDS education and training
  6. Has not committed unprofessional conduct

Note: All licensees are required to notify the Department of Health in writing, of the regular address of the place(s) where the licensee intents to practice more than 20 consecutive business days.

Exemptions

  1. Military or federal government employees
  2. Individuals licensed in other states while appearing as clinicians of bona fide educational seminars sponsored by professional associations so long as such activities do not go beyond the scope of practice
  3. Supervised students in a Hearing and Speech Board-approved program
  4. Persons certified by the Washington professional educator standards board as educational staff associates practicing solely within the school setting

Reciprocity

Applicants credentialed in another state, territory, or District of Columbia with equivalent standards may be receive a temporary practice permit to practice in Washington while undergoing while the national background check is completed.

Interim Practice

Applicants who, except for the postgraduate professional experience and the exam, meet the academic and practicum requirement to practice under supervision shall obtain an interim permit. The permit is valid for one year from date of issuance.

Audiology interim permit holders may engage in the fitting and dispensing of hearing instruments.

Continuing Education

Thirty hours of continuing education are required every three years, including one hour on infection control.

Telepractice

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

Board Oversight

Board of Hearing and Speech

Resources

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

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

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