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Using Your ASHA CEUs

How many CEUs are required to keep my CCC current?

Thirty hours or 3.0 CEUs in a 36-month cycle. Your start date for this requirement depends on the year you initially earned your CCC. For more information, visit the certification pages.

Does ASHA only accept ASHA CEUs toward CCC renewal requirements?

No. You have options. Attending ASHA CEU courses is a convenient way to satisfy your CCC requirements. Please visit the Maintenance of Certification pages for more information.

What does my state require for re-licensure?

Please visit the Legislation and Advocacy pages on the ASHA site for state licensing information. Please contact your state licensing/regulatory board for the most up-to-date guidelines pertaining to your license maintenance and renewal.

Does ASHA transfer my ASHA CEUs to CE Broker? (Florida and Ohio licensees only)

Yes. ASHA CE will transfer ASHA CEUs if you've paid the annual CE Registry fees and you've submitted your Florida license number to ASHA. You can submit your Florida and/or Ohio license number(s) to ASHA. You can submit your license number to ASHA online or call it in to ASHA Action Center at 800-498-2071. If you have questions about CE Broker, call them at 877-434-6323 or visit the CE Broker website.

What is ASHA's Award for Continuing Education (ACE)?

The ACE recognizes continued study beyond the entry-level requirements for the ASHA Certificates of Clinical Competence (CCC). The ACE is available to ASHA members, ASHA members who hold ASHA's Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC), and Nonmembers who hold ASHA's Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC).

How do I earn an ACE?

By accumulating 7.0 ASHA CEUs (70 contact hours) in three years. Find courses offering ASHA CEUs.

Will you notify me when I earn an ACE?

We will send you notification via postal mail.

What does it mean when an ASHA approved CE Provider's course offers a "certification?"

The credentialing community would most likely call these programs certificate programs not certification "Certification" or certificate programs or courses offered by continuing education providers generally fall into one of two categories:

  • A knowledge-based certificate: recognizes a relatively narrow scope of specialized knowledge used in performing duties or tasks required by a certain profession or occupation. This certificate is issued after the individual passes an assessment instrument.
  • A curriculum-based certificate: issued after an individual completes a course or series of courses and passes an assessment. The content of the assessment is limited to the course content and therefore may not be completely representative of professional practice.*

Some questions to consider before beginning a certificate program:

  • Has the body of knowledge in the certificate program been validated by experts?
  • Is there an assessment component to the certificate program?
  • What organizations recognize the certificate?
  • Will the content of the certificate program assist you in meeting clients' needs?
  • Will the content of the certificate program assist you in meeting your professional development goals?

Remember: Although an ASHA approved CE Provider may offer a certificate program for ASHA CEUs, ASHA does not endorse any course content, specific products, certificate programs or clinical procedures.

*Reprinted by permission of the National Organization for Competency Assurance

What is the difference between a professional certification and a certificate program?

Professional certification is the voluntary process by which a non-governmental entity grants a time-limited recognition and use of a credential to an individual after verifying that he or she has met predetermined and standardized criteria.* ASHA's Certificate of Clinical Competence is a professional certification.

A certificate program is a training program on a specialized topic for which participants receive certification after completing the course and passing an assessment instrument.

Note : This is not to be confused with the commonly used "certificate of attendance" given at the completion of many continuing education courses to validate attendance.

If you offer a certificate program and register it for ASHA CEUs, all promotional materials should clearly communicate that, although ASHA CEUs may be offered, ASHA does not endorse any course content, specific products, certificate programs or clinical procedures.

*Reprinted by permission of the National Organization for Competency Assurance

Questions? Feedback? Contact ASHA Continuing Education at continuinged@asha.org.

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