Certification Standards to Change in 2020

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The Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC) conducted a peer review of proposed changes to certification standards following recent practice analysis studies in audiology and speech-language pathology. Below is a summary of the changes to the audiology and speech-language pathology certification standards that will go into effect for individuals submitting applications for certification beginning January 1, 2020.

Students: What You Need To Know Right Now

Audiology

Speech-Language Pathology

  • 2019 graduates: apply for ASHA certification on or before December 31, 2019, to apply under the current standards, even if you have not finished your Clinical Fellowship yet.
  • Applications received after January 1, 2020, must meet 2020 standards.
  • Clinical Fellows:
    • If you have applied under the 2014 standards, your CF mentor(s) must hold the CCC-SLP.
    • If you apply under the 2020 standards, your CF mentor(s) must (1) hold the CCC-SLP, (2) have 9 months of full-time clinical experience after earning the CCC-SLP, and (3) have completed 2 hours of professional development in the area of supervision.
    • All CF experiences beginning on or after January 1, 2020, will use the 2020 Clinical Fellowship Skills Inventory (CFSI), regardless of the standards under which you applied.

Clinical Educators and CF Mentors: What You Need To Know Right Now

  • Do you supervise students? Are you a CF mentor? New supervision requirements go into effect January 1, 2020, for audiology and speech-language pathology.
  • If you plan to supervise students for purposes of ASHA certification, you must attest to having completed two hours of professional development (post-certification) in the area of clinical instruction or supervision.
  • Have you met the supervision requirements? Check your status by looking up yourself on the certification verification page.
  • If your status shows that you have not met the requirements
  • If your status shows that you have met the requirements, you’re all set for 2020!

Changes to Audiology Standards

  • Applicants will have to have or show equivalency to an AuD degree earned from a CAA-accredited program.
  • Clinical supervisors will have to have a minimum of
    • Nine months practice experience post-certification before serving as a supervisor.
    • Two hours of professional development in the area of supervision post-certification.
  • The CFCC will no longer prescribe a specific number of hours of supervised clinical practicum. Applicants and their programs will have to ensure that their experience meets CAA standards for duration, and for depth and breadth of knowledge.
  • Applicants are encouraged to include interprofessional education and interprofessional practice into their clinical supervised experience.
  • Applicants who did not complete their entire supervised clinical experience under an ASHA-certified supervisor can make up the remainder of their experience post-graduation to meet ASHA certification standards.
  • The knowledge and skills for certification have been updated and reordered in accordance with the practice analysis study results.
  • Beginning with the 2020–2022 certification maintenance interval, certificate holders will have to earn one of their 30 required certification maintenance hours (CMHs) in Ethics.

Read the 2020 Audiology Certification Standards and view the Audiology Standards Crosswalk [PDF] for more information. 

The CFCC is considering a requirement for English language proficiency. As with any other change to the certification standards, this potential change would go out for widespread peer review in advance of the CFCC voting to add the requirement into the standards. It would be at least one year from the CFCC's vote to approve before the requirement would go into effect.

Changes to Speech-Language Pathology Standards

  • Clinical supervisors and Clinical Fellowship mentors will have to have a minimum of
    • Nine months of practice experience post-certification before serving as a supervisor.
    • Two hours of professional development in the area of supervision post-certification before serving as a clinical supervisor or CF mentor.
  • Applicants for certification will be required to show coursework that covers basic physics or chemistry knowledge.
  • Knowledge and skills will be refined to include speech sound production, fluency disorders, literacy, and feeding within the current nine core content areas.
  • Applicants are encouraged to include interprofessional education and interprofessional practice into their clinical practicum and clinical fellowship experience.
  • Beginning with the 2020–2022 certification maintenance interval, certificate holders will have to earn one of their 30 required certification maintenance hours (CMHs) in Ethics.

Read the 2020 Speech-Language Pathology Certification Standards and view the SLP Standards Crosswalk [PDF] for more information.

The CFCC is considering a requirement for English language proficiency. As with any other change to the certification standards, this potential change would go out for widespread peer review in advance of the CFCC voting to add the requirement into the standards. It would be at least one year from the CFCC's vote to approve before the requirement would go into effect..

Questions?

Contact the CFCC at cfcc@asha.org.

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