American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Certification Reinstatement Policy for Speech-Language Pathology

The 2014 SLP Standards for Certification are now in effect. If applying for reinstatement by 12/31/2014, a stand-alone statistics course will not be required.

After certification has been dropped or revoked, individuals applying for reinstatement of the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) must meet the following policies and procedures.

Policies and Procedures

  • Submit a reinstatement application containing the original signatures of the applicant and a recommending colleague holding a current CCC-SLP. The colleague does not have to supervise the applicant but should be someone who is not related to the applicant and who has familiarity with the applicant’s knowledge, skills, and abilities;
  • Pay a reinstatement fee;
  • Provide evidence of professional development activities that are within the Scope of Practice in Speech-Language Pathology and earned no more than 3 years prior to submitting the application for reinstatement;
  • Provide confirmation of receipt of a passing score on the Praxis examination in Speech-Language Pathology via official notification from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) that was achieved no more than 5 years prior to application for reinstatement. If your passing score was achieved more than five years ago, you must retake the Praxis exam in order to provide a current passing score.

When Standards Have Changed Since Initial Certification

Individuals initially certified under the 2005 standards or earlier, who are now seeking reinstatement of the CCC-SLP, must apply under the current 2014 standards.

Please note: The Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC) has waived the requirement for a stand-alone statistics course for individuals applying for reinstatement by December 31, 2014. Applicants must meet all other requirements for reinstatement to be eligible for the waiver.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Reinstatement application form (contact the ASHA Action Center at 800-498-2071 to request) containing the original signatures of the applicant and a colleague holding a current CCC-SLP. The colleague does not have to supervise the applicant, but should be someone who is not related to the applicant and who has familiarity with the applicant's knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Reinstatement fee.
    • $375 for CCC-SLP and ASHA membership
    • $349 for CCC-SLP without ASHA membership
  • Evidence of professional development activities based on the number of years certification was dropped or revoked (i.e., 1 year=10 hours of professional development; 2 years=20 hours; 3 or more years=30 hours). Professional development activities must be within the Scope of Practice in Speech-Language Pathology and earned no more than 3 years prior to submitting the application for reinstatement.
  • Official notification from ETS of receipt of a passing Praxis Speech-Language Pathology exam score that was achieved no more than 5 years prior to application for reinstatement. If your score does not meet these criteria, you must retake the Praxis exam in order to provide a current passing score.

Professional Development for Reinstatement

  • Acceptable activities must have been completed no more than 3 years prior to submission of the reinstatement application form.
  • Activities must address the provision of clinical services specific to the Scope of Practice in Speech-Language Pathology.
  • Courses and activities that are in related areas, are general in nature, or are not related specifically to the practice of speech-language pathology will not be accepted.

Reinstatement Process

Once your completed reinstatement application and supplemental documentation is received, it will usually take 4–6 weeks for review and determination.

Maintenance of Certification

Once certification has been granted, all certificate holders must be aware that maintenance of certification is accomplished through abiding by the ASHA Code of Ethics, annual payment of ASHA dues and/or the annual certification fee, and accrual of 30 hours of professional development during each 3-year maintenance interval.

 

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