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Assistants Certification Exam

The ASHA Assistants Certification Exam is a national exam created by ASHA and approved by the Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC). The exam was developed to establish standards of knowledge and competency for audiology assistants or a speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs). It assesses assistants’ knowledge and skills to ensure that they clearly understand (a) their appropriate Scope of Practice, (b) how an assistant must be supervised, and (c) the basic tasks performed in an assistant’s role.

Applicants for assistants certification must pass the national exam to be considered an ASHA-certified assistant in audiology or speech-language pathology and be awarded the C-AA or C-SLPA credential.

In order to take the exam, applicants for assistants certification must first have (1) received approval of their application and required documentation, and (2) paid the initial certification fee. The exam will be available at testing centers throughout the U.S. and is administered by Prometric, on behalf of ASHA.

General Information

The Passing Exam Score

The CFCC makes the final determination for the passing score.

  • The current passing score for audiology assistants is 162
  • The current passing score for SLPAs is 162.

Preparing for the Exam

To prepare for the exam, become familiar with the format and the content of the exam by reviewing the exam blueprint and by using the exam resources available for audiology assistants or SLPAs. Then, develop a study plan based on the exam content and your knowledge in each topic area.

The exam is made up of 100 multiple choice questions that were created by peers in the field, including educators, audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and assistants.

Registering for the Exam

  • Once you are approved to take the exam, a unique Test ID and link to register for the national exam will be emailed to you by ASHA staff.
  • Select the link in the email to register for the exam and to select the test date and location that best meets your needs.
  • You have one year to schedule the exam once you’ve been approved.

ADA Accommodations

ASHA is dedicated to making the testing process accessible to all and strives to provide access— to the fullest extent possible—to activities based on awareness of the registrants’ needs. The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) provides protection to individuals with disabilities, with a record or history of an impairment/disability or who is regarded as having an impairment/disability. The ADA requires the provision of reasonable accommodations to support access to goods, services, facilities, advantages or accommodations offered. However, reasonable accommodations will not alter the nature of the exam, result in undue financial and administrative burden, or affect the health and safety of an individual or others.

If you require ADA accommodations for the exam as part of the application process, you will be asked to indicate the specific need and provide documentation from a licensed medical professional to substantiate the request.

Retest Policy

After you take the exam, your score will automatically be sent to ASHA for review and you will be notified of your results. If you didn't receive a passing score of 162 or higher, you will be eligible to retest up to two more times within one year of your initial approval to test. You may take the exam again by scheduling a retest date and by paying the retest fee.

Applicants may take the exam no more than three times within one year. If you don’t receive a passing score within one year, your application will be closed. If you wish to reapply for assistants certification, you may do so by submitting a new application under the assistant certification standards in effect at the time.

Audiology Assistant Exam Blueprint

The Audiology Assistant Exam Blueprint [PDF] was developed through a research-based practice analysis by audiology assistants, audiologists, and educators to ensure that the certification reflects emerging data, applied knowledge, and best practices. The audiology assistants national exam will be based on the information in the blueprint.

A resource guide will be available prior to the test launch in late 2020.

Audiology Exam Resources

The ASHA resources provided are not exclusive to the audiology assistant exam but will allow you to review topic material. Please refer to the Audiology Assistant Exam Blueprint [PDF] for specific topic areas.

SLPA Exam Blueprint

The SLPA Exam Blueprint [PDF] was developed through a research-based practice analysis by SLPAs, SLPs, and educators to ensure that the certification reflects emerging data, applied knowledge, and best practices. The SLPA national exam is based the information in the blueprint.

SLPA Exam Resources

The ASHA resources provided are not exclusive to the SLPA exam but will allow you to review topic material. Please review to the SLPA Exam Blueprint [PDF] for specific topic areas

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