American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

General Information About ASHA Certification

What Does it Mean to Be Certified?

Being "certified" means holding the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC), a nationally recognized professional credential that represents a level of excellence in the field of Audiology (CCC-A) or Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP).

Those who have achieved the CCC—ASHA certification—have voluntarily met rigorous academic and professional standards, typically going beyond the minimum requirements for state licensure. They have the knowledge, skills, and expertise to provide high quality clinical services, and they actively engage in ongoing professional development to keep their certification current.

The standards for certification for audiology and speech-language pathology are established by audiologists and speech-language pathologists, respectively, who are members of ASHA's Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC). Certificate holders are expected to uphold these standards and abide by ASHA's Code of Ethics. More than 173,070 professionals currently hold ASHA certification.

Why Choose ASHA Certification?

  • ASHA is the nation's leading professional, credentialing, and scientific organization for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech/language/hearing scientists.
  • ASHA has been the guardian of the professions since 1926 and initiated the development of national standards for the professions.
  • ASHA has been certifying professionals since 1952.
  • ASHA collaborates with the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in developing the national examinations for both professions. No other certification body for these professions can make that claim.
  • ASHA's certification standards are based on skills validation studies and practice analyses involving employers, leaders in the discipline of communication sciences and disorders, and practitioners in the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology.
  • ASHA certification is not contingent upon membership in any professional organization.

How to Get Certified

Promoting ASHA Certification

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