American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

A Chronology of Changes in ASHA's Certification Standards

1952
Certification program started. Required for basic certificate: 30 semester hours, 275 hours of clinical practicum, 1 year of sponsored professional experience. No graduate degree and no national examination.
1965
Requirement of a master's degree or equivalent 60 semester hours in specified areas, 275 hours of clinical practicum, 9 months of supervised full-time professional employment, a letter from the candidate's academic program director, and a passing score on a national examination.
1973
Clinical practicum hours increased to 300.
1980
Requirements added for amount and type of supervision of student practicum.
1993
Master's or doctoral degree required (equivalency no longer accepted) as well as 75 hours of coursework (now including basic sciences) and 375 hours of observation and practicum (25 observation, 350 practicum) with 250 at the graduate level. During 36-week clinical fellowship, periodic formal evaluation of specific skills required.
1997
New requirements adopted for the certificate in audiology: at least 75 hours of post-baccalaureate study; 12 months of full-time, supervised experience; and a doctoral degree. First two requirements effective January 1, 2007; doctoral degree effective 2012.
1999
Approved requirement of mandatory professional development for maintenance of the certificate in audiology, effective January 1, 2003.
2000
Approved requirement of mandatory professional development for maintenance of the certificate in speech-language pathology, effective January 1, 2005.
2005
Applicants for certification in speech-language pathology must have completed: 36 graduate semester credit hours of academic course work, been assessed by their graduate academic program as having met the knowledge and skills mandated by the certification standards; 400 clock hours of supervised clinical practicum, 325 hours at the graduate level, to include 375 hours of direct client/patient contact and 25 hours of observation; completion of a supervised speech-language pathology clinical fellowship experience, during which periodic formal evaluations of specific skills will be performed; and successful passage of the Praxis examination in speech-language pathology.
2007
Applicants for certification in audiology as of January 1, 2007, must have completed: a minimum of 75 graduate semester hours of post baccalaureate study that culminates in a master's, doctoral, or other recognized academic degree, during which the student has been assessed on the acquisition of specific knowledge and skills mandated by the standards, and successful passage of the Praxis examination in audiology. A clinical fellowship is no longer required, and the practicum experience occurs under the auspices of the academic program and must be equivalent to a minimum of 12 months of full-time, supervised clinical experience. Completion of a clinical fellowship is removed and replaced with additional practicum experiences during the program of study.
2012
Applicants for certification or for reinstatement of certification in audiology as of January 1, 2012, are required to have a doctoral degree. In addition, applicants must have completed a minimum of 1,820 hours of supervised clinical practicum experience and passed the Praxis examination in audiology. Applicants for certification in audiology and speech-language pathology are required to answer questions regarding disclosure of misdemeanor or felony offenses.
2014
As of September 1, 2014, applicants for certification in speech-language pathology must apply under the 2014 certification standards.* Reference to 75 semester credit hours overall has been removed from the revised standards, but the minimum of 36 semester credit hours at the graduate level has been retained. Knowledge of statistics will now be required, rather than a generic mathematics requirement.

* Individuals may apply under either the 2005 or 2014 SLP certification standards from September 1, 2013, through August 31, 2014.

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