Certification Standards for Speech-Language Pathology Frequently Asked Questions: Certification Maintenance/Forms and Documentation

2014 SLP Certification Standards

Certification Maintenance

Once I am certified, what do I need to do to maintain my certification?

You must do three things to maintain your certified status:

  1. pay your annual dues/fees when billed
  2. abide by the ASHA Code of Ethics
  3. participate in continuing professional development hours sufficient to meet the certification maintenance requirements

What happens if I don't pay the annual dues/fees or if I don't comply with the certification maintenance requirement?

Failure to pay annual dues/fees or meet the maintenance requirement will cause your certification status to change to "Not Current," and possibly to expire. Should you decide at a later date that you wish to again be certified, you will need to meet the certification reinstatement requirements in effect at the time you submit your reinstatement application. Current certification maintenance requirements and reinstatement procedures are detailed on the ASHA website.

Forms and Documentation

How will student progress in meeting the certification standards to be documented?

Programs may use the mechanisms of their choice to document and track student progress in the acquisition of knowledge and skills. The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) will review an accredited program's process and forms to ensure compliance with its standard related to accurate record keeping. The Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC) requires an applicant to file a certification application that contains the "Verification by Program Director" page to verify that the student has met the appropriate knowledge and skills mandated by the standards.

What happens if it is determined that a student has not met all of the requisite knowledge and skills for certification?

Programs must discuss their assessment of knowledge and skill acquisition with the student and it is anticipated that the program will work with the student to develop a plan to address the need for further development. It is the program's responsibility to ensure that the student has met all of the knowledge and skills prior to signing the application for ASHA certification.

Where is the KASA form? I can't find it on the website.

KASA refers to the Knowledge and Skills Acquisition form previously used by the CFCC for applicants for clinical certification. This form is no longer used for certification and has never been a requirement for accreditation purposes

What must be submitted when applying for certification?

Please consult How to Apply for Certification in Speech-Language Pathology for complete submission information for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology (CCC-SLP).

Can I apply for certification if I have not yet completed the Praxis exam?

Yes. Individuals are eligible to apply for certification once all graduate level academic course work and clinical practicum have been completed and they have been judged by the graduate program as having met all of the knowledge and skills mandated by the current standards.

Once I send in my application, how long will it take to learn whether or not I have been certified?

Once received at the National Office, please allow approximately 6 weeks for the review of your completed application and all additional required documentation. Certification cannot be awarded until we have verified that all requirements of the standards have been met. You can check on the status of your application by e-mailing Certification Administration at certification@asha.org.

Does ASHA have a policy on pay for practicum?

ASHA policy allows students to receive pay for services they provide within the clinical practicum setting. However, some academic programs or state licensure laws may have policies that prohibit students from being paid for their practicum work. In such cases, ASHA defers to the university's or state's decision about such payment.

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