Apply for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants Certification (C-SLPA)
Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you through the process of applying for
ASHA speech-language pathology assistants (SLPA) certification. It includes important requirements for the Assistants Certification Program as well as required documentation, fees, and exam information. Further information can be found through the links below and in the SLPA Certification Handbook [PDF].
All applicants for assistants certification must meet current
SLPA assistant standards and requirements, follow all established
policies and procedures, and abide by the ASHA
Assistants Code of Conduct.
- Complete 100 hours of clinical fieldwork (observation hours cannot be used) under the supervision of an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist.
- Complete a 1-hour course in ethics.
- Complete a 1-hour course in universal safety precautions.
- Complete a 1-hour course in patient confidentiality.
- Complete ASHA’s
online SLPA education modules, if required in your pathway option.
Prerequisite courses must have been completed no more than two years before you apply for the C-SLPA.
Submit Your Application
- Submit your application for the C-SLPA and pay the initial certification fee of $249.
official transcripts and certificates of completion to ASHA within 60 days of submitting your application.
- You’ll be given an Exam Eligibility ID to register for the
Assistants Certification Exam if your application, documents, and transcripts are approved.
- Once you have your Exam Eligibility ID, you have 365 days to register and take the exam.
- Your exam score will automatically be sent to ASHA for review, and you'll be notified if SLPA certification will be awarded. If a passing exam score was not achieved, you'll be eligible to retest up to two times by paying the retest fee (within one year of approval to test).
You passed the exam—congratulations, you'll be awarded the C-SLPA! Your ASHA affiliate card and award letter will be arriving soon. You may now use C-SLPA after your signature.