American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

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Section 1: Overview of ASHA CE

This section provides a short introduction to ASHA and ASHA Continuing Education (CE).

What is ASHA?

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the professional association representing more than 173,000 speech-language pathologists (SLPs), audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists.

What is ASHA CE?

ASHA CE:

  • Approves Providers with CE courses
  • Assists Providers in planning and offering courses for ASHA CEUs
  • Registers Providers' courses
  • Awards ASHA CEUs
  • Recognizes CE participation with the ACE (Award for Continuing Education)

Who can offer courses for ASHA CEUs?

Only those organizations, such as yours, that have been approved by the Continuing Education Board (CEB) may offer courses for ASHA CEUs. These organizations are designated as ASHA Approved CE Providers. Currently, there are more than 530 such organizations.

You can promote your organization's status as an ASHA Approved CE Provider with the Insigina Logo. See these guidelines [PDF] on how to acquire a logo and use it properly.

Please note that you, as a Provider, do not award ASHA CEUs. The CEB awards ASHA CEUs upon receipt of the Activity Report Form and participant forms from you. In addition, ASHA CEUs are awarded only to those participants who are active users of the CE Registry.

What course content is appropriate for ASHA CEUs?

Only courses, or sessions within courses, related to one or more of the following:

  • Sciences as they pertain to speech-language pathology
  • Sciences as they pertain to audiology
  • Speech/language/hearing sciences
  • Contemporary practice of speech-language pathology
  • Contemporary practice of audiology

What is the ASHA CE Registry?

The ASHA CE Registry is the only service that tracks ASHA CEUs . The ASHA CEUs are recorded on a transcript that lists all the continuing education courses taken through ASHA's network of Approved Continuing Education Providers.

The ASHA CE Registry functions much like a college registrar. In addition to maintaining a permanent, cumulative record of courses and ASHA CEUs, official transcripts are also issued upon request. The ASHA CE Registry is open to ASHA/NSSLHA members, those who are ASHA certified, and other eligible individuals.

Who can use the CE Registry?

Eligible participants can use the CE Registry.

Effective July 1, 2011, in order to be eligible to earn ASHA CEUs, the participant must meet at least one of the following conditions:

  • be an ASHA member (includes Life Member and International Affiliate categories),
  • hold the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC),
  • be licensed by a state or provincial regulatory agency to practice speech-language pathology or audiology,
  • be credentialed by a state regulatory agency to practice speech-language pathology or audiology,
  • be credentialed by a national regulatory agency to practice speech-language pathology or audiology,
  • be engaged in a clinical fellowship under the supervision of an individual who holds the ASHA CCC, or
  • be currently enrolled in a master's or doctoral program in speech-language pathology or audiology

What is the Continuing Education Board (CEB)?

The CEB:

  • Sets and enforces policies and procedures for ASHA CE
  • Approves Providers
  • Awards ASHA CEUs
  • Comprises nine ASHA members who volunteer to serve 3-year terms

What are the requirements of the CEB for ASHA Approved CE Providers?

Your initial provider approval was based your organization's agreement to meet and maintain the CE Provider Approval Requirements developed by the ASHA CE Board. It is your responsibility as the CE Administrator to meet these required practices and follow the policies and procedures that are described in the CEB Manual.

Recently the CEB added a new requirement, concerning transparency in course planning, delivery and marketing. See these resources and forms for more information on the new Requirement 3.

What is a "Provider Manager"?

You have been assigned a provider manager who is your contact at ASHA CE. Your provider manager works closely with you to ensure that communications are timely and accurate, and that all your questions are answered. In turn, you are the contact person for your organization. This is the "One Contact Policy" set by the CEB.

Carmen
CEA Carmen asks:

How will ASHA CE communicate with me?

Policies and procedures evolve over time. We have set up several ways to communicate to you any changes, clarifications, or new information:

  • Provider-only website: a one-stop site for forms, procedures, technical assistance, and breaking news; it is restricted to our Providers' CEAs and CE consultants.
  • Intersections: an electronic quarterly newsletter on the Provider-only site.
  • E-mail blasts: used to communicate time-sensitive information to you.
  • Mailings: used to send hard copies of updated forms or important documents to you.

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