American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

2005 Standards and Implementation Procedures for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology

Summary of Revisions

Following is a summary of revisions to implementation language—as approved by the Council For Clinical Certification (CFCC)—for the 2005 Standards and Implementation Procedures for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology, in chronological order with the most recent at the top.

August 2013

Standard I: Degree, Implementation

  • Under Evaluation Required: Removed the sentence, "b. those who were graduate students and were continuously enrolled in a CAA program that had its accreditation withdrawn during the applicant's enrollment."
  • Under Evaluation Required: The sentence "d" became "c" and was revised to read, "those who satisfactorily completed graduate course work, clinical practicum, and knowledge and skills requirements in the area for which certification is sought in a program that was not accredited at the time the individual was enrolled, but which became accredited within 18 months following the applicant's graduation date."
  • Under Evaluation Required: The sentence "e" became "d" and was revised to read, "those who received a graduate degree from a non-U.S. institution of higher education."

Standard VI: Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Fellowship, Implementation

  • Under VI-B: Added "for which pre-approval must be obtained" when referring to the use of real-time, interactive video and audio conferencing technology as a form of on-site observation.
  • Under VI-B: Added "and co-signed by the CF mentor" when referring to the submission of an alternative supervision request to the CFCC. 

March 2009

Standard I: Degree, Implementation

  • Under Evaluation Required: Added the sentence, "d. those who satisfactorily completed graduate course work, clinical practicum, and knowledge and skills requirements in the area for which certification is sought in a program that was not accredited at the time the individual was enrolled, but which became accredited at a later date."

Standard VI: Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Fellowship

  • Added the sentence, "Fellowships that are completed more than 5 years prior to submission of the application for certification are not acceptable."
  • Under VI-B: Removed the sentences, "If the request is to use videotapes instead of direct observations, the outline must indicate how many hours will be videotaped, how often the tapes will be made, and how feedback from the mentoring SLP will be provided. Whenever possible, the mentoring SLP and the Clinical Fellow should make arrangements to view the tapes together so that communication about the feedback being provided is immediate."

Standard VII: Maintenance of Certification, Implementation

  • Updating of the certification maintenance chart.
  • Updated the paragraph explaining the on-going process of certification maintenance.

July 2008

Throughout the document, the phrase "educated in foreign countries" was changed to "educated outside the United States or its territories."

Standard I: Degree, Implementation

  • Added "or the official designee" to indicate who can sign the certification application.
  • Under Automatic Approval: Added the sentence, "Applicants eligible for automatic approval must submit an official graduate transcript that verifies the date the graduate degree was awarded."
  • Under Evaluation Required: Added the sentence, "Applicants requiring evaluating must submit both graduate and undergraduate transcripts for all courses being submitted for certification purposes."

Standard III: Program of Study, Implementation

  • Added the sentence, "The minimum 36 hours of course work at the graduate level must be in speech-language pathology."
  • Under III-B: Added the sentence, "Methodology courses, such as methods of teaching mathematics, may not be used to satisfy the mathematics requirement."

Standard V: Assessment, Implementation

  • Under V-B, Summative Assessment: Added the sentence, "Acceptable exam results are those submitted for initial certification in speech-language pathology that have been obtained no more than five (5) years prior to the submission of the certification application."

Standard VI: Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Fellowship, Implementation

  • Under VI-B: Add the sentence, "Use of real-time, interactive video and audio conferencing technology is permitted as a form of on-site observation."

Standard VII: Certification Maintenance, Implementation

  • Revision of the certification maintenance interval chart
  • Addition of a paragraph explaining the on-going process of certification maintenance.

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