American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

How to Apply for Certification in Speech-Language Pathology

For a limited time, applicants for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) may submit an application under either the 2005 Standards for Certification or the 2014 Standards for Certification. Applications under the 2005 standards will be accepted through August 31, 2014; however, beginning September 1, 2014, only applications under the 2014 standards will be accepted.

Please be aware that certification applications postmarked

  • on or before August 31, 2014, may be processed under either the 2005 or 2014 standards
  • on or after September 1, 2014, will be processed under the 2014 standards

Initial Application

You may submit an application any time after you have completed the necessary coursework, practicum, and received the required graduate degree from a CAA-accredited academic program. When completing your application, please consult the list of institution codes [PDF] to determine the code for your college or university.

Important note: Select the year of the standards that you will be applying under (2005 or 2014) and submit the full 4-page application, including the Verification by Program Director (page 4), for those standards only. Applications containing a combination of pages from 2005 and 2014 will not be accepted; you will be asked to resubmit your application and the processing of your certification application will be delayed.

2005 Standards

Applications accepted through August 31, 2014

To begin the application process for your certification, you must first submit these items together:

2014 Standards

Applications accepted beginning September 1, 2013

Additional Required Documents

To complete your application for certification, you must also submit the following:

*Applicants applying more than three years after graduation from a CAA-accredited graduate program must submit official undergraduate transcripts reflecting all coursework completed for certification. Internationally educated applicants must submit an original evaluated transcript.

Dues and Fees

ASHA’s Certification and Membership programs are based upon a calendar year and subject to rates listed below. Applications received between September 1 and December 31 will be processed for the current year but will include membership and certification through the following year. Please submit payment in full with your application according to your selected category below. All dues/fees payments are non-refundable.

  • NSSLHA Conversion: $286
    For members of NSSLHA who have held NSSLHA membership for two consecutive years at the time of graduation, and who are applying for ASHA membership and certification by August 31 of the year following graduation.
  • Recent Graduate: $461
    For individuals applying for membership and certification within 12 months of their graduation date who are not eligible for the NSSLHA Conversion rate.
  • Certification and ASHA Membership: $511
    For individuals who received their graduate degree prior to 2013 who are not eligible for the NSSLHA Conversion or Recent Graduate categories.
  • Certification without ASHA Membership: $455
    For individuals desiring to become certified without membership in the Association.
  • Dual Certification: $256
    For individuals already certified or in the process of certification in one area who wish to apply for certification in the other area. Note: Individuals who apply for certification in both areas at the same time pay fees for single area certification application only.

The maintenance of your certification and/or membership, in addition to continuing professional development requirements (if applicable), is dependent upon payment of your annual dues and fees.

Certification Timeline

Once received at the National Office, please allow 4–6 weeks and sometimes as long as 6–8 weeks during very busy periods for the review of your completed application and all additional required documentation. Certification cannot be awarded until we have verified that all requirements of the standards have been met.


Contact the Action Center at 800-498-2071 with any questions about applying for ASHA certification.

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