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.
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 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.
Courses must have been completed no more than two years before you apply for the C-SLPA.
Submit Your Application
- Submit your online 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.
Tip: Your application isn’t complete until you pay the certification fee.
The application review process can take up to 6 weeks from the date your last document is received.
- You’ll be given a test ID to register for the
Assistants Certification Exam if your application, documents, and transcripts are approved.
- Once you have your test 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 (within one year of approval to test).
Tip: A passing score for the C-SLPA exam is 162 or above.
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.