American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Exemptions to the Professional Development Requirement

If you are retired from practice, deployed on active military duty, or disabled and unable to work, you may be eligible for an exemption to the professional development requirement.

Certificate holders who qualify for an exemption will be required to sign an affidavit confirming that they are not providing clinical services or supervising the provision of clinical services. Clinical services are defined as evaluation and treatment of persons with speech-language and/or hearing impairments, whether such services are provided in elementary or secondary schools, in private practice, or in free-standing community clinics, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, nursing homes, or other facilities.

Certificate holders who qualify for an exemption are bound by the Code of Ethics. Some exemptions grant a waiver or reduction in the annual certification fees. Some exemptions are irrevocable. Certificate holders who qualify for an exemption must use the following designations during their periods of inactive certification:

  • CCC-A (Retired)
  • CCC-SLP (Retired)
  • CCC-A (Inactive)
  • CCC-SLP (Inactive)

Certificate Holders Who Are Retired From Practice

Individuals who are retired from practice (not providing or supervising the provision of clinical services) are not required to meet the certification maintenance professional development requirements. The exemption recognizes certificate holders who are retired from the professions, who have held the CCCs for 25 consecutive years, and who are 65 years of age or older. Retired certification is irrevocable. If you decide to return to practice after your certification status is retired, you will be subject to the procedures for reinstatement in effect at that time. This may include but is not limited to completing professional development hours and taking the national exam (Praxis). Retired certified members who are also ASHA members may be eligible for a reduction in their annual membership fees. If you believe this exemption applies to you, please complete and submit the CCC Retired Affidavit Form [PDF].

Certificate Holders With Medical Circumstances

Certificate holders who have a medical circumstance, or who are primary care givers for someone who has a medical circumstances, that prevents the certificate holder from working in the professions (either short- or long-term) may apply for Inactive certification status. If approved, during the time of inactivity, these individuals will not be required to meet the certification maintenance standard and their certification fees will be waived. To qualify, individuals must  (a) provide evidence documenting the inability to work in the professions, such as a letter from a doctor or a Social Security Administration determination letter, and (b) sign an affidavit confirming that they are not providing or supervising the provision of clinical services. If you believe this exemption applies to you, please complete and submit the CCC Inactive Affidavit Form [PDF]. If approved, your status will be changed from Active to Inactive.

Regaining Active Certification Status

To regain Active certification status, upon your return to work you must notify the National Office of your intent and provide evidence of completed professional development activities as noted below.

If the certification standards have changed since you went on Inactive status

  • and you have been in an Inactive status for less than 3 years, upon your return you must provide evidence of completion of 10 certification maintenance hours (CMH) per year of Inactive status. 
  • and you have been in an Inactive status for more than 3 years, upon your return you must apply for reinstatement of the CCC-SLP

If the certification standards have not changed since you went on Inactive status, upon your return, you must provide evidence of completion of 10 CMHs per year of Inactive status (30 CMHs maximum).

Certificate Holders Who Are Deployed On Active Military Duty

Individuals deployed on active military duty will not be required to meet the certification maintenance professional development standards, and their certification fees will be waived during the time of deployment. Individuals on deployed military duty will be required to provide a copy of their orders and a signed affidavit stating they will not practice during their deployment. They will be assigned a new 3-year maintenance interval that will start on January 1 of the year following their return. If a certificate holder is deployed for the purpose of providing clinical services or supervising the provision of clinical services, a waiver will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you believe this exemption applies to you, please complete and submit the CCC Military Affidavit Form [PDF].

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