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Speech-Language Pathology Pathway to Certification

This infographic walks you step-by-step through the process of applying for the CCC-SLP. It is partnered with the Clinical Fellowship Pathway to help you navigate your Clinical Fellowship Experience. It includes important certification and membership information as well as a Pro Tip to help save you up to $225 off your initial certification fees and membership dues. Downloadable version [PDF]

Step 1


Earn your Master's degree from a CAA accredited program.

Tip: Save $225 off your first year of ASHA Membership and Certification by maintaining NSSLHA membership for 2 consecutive years.

Step 2


Take and Pass the Praxis Examination in Speech-Language Pathology at any time before, during, or after applying.

Step 3


Submit your application for Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) to ASHA.

Please read the current speech-language pathology standards to be aware of any changes.

Tip: Apply for ASHA certification and membership between May 1–August 31 to receive ASHA’s Gift to the Grad offer and receive up to 20 months of membership for the price of 12 months.

Step 4


Choosing membership with your certification allows you to enjoy ASHA Member Benefits including:

  • Knowledge
  • Learning
  • Advocacy
  • Community

Step 5

Clinical Fellowship

Select your mentor(s) and verify that they hold current ASHA certification.

Successfully complete your Clinical Fellowship (CF) experience of at least 36 weeks and 1,260 hours.

Tip: Verifying that your mentor is current by using ASHA's Certification Verification.

Step 6

Submit Form

Complete your Clinical Fellowship Report and Rating Form [PDF] with your mentor(s).

Make sure they sign all required areas. Submit your SLPCF to ASHA.

Step 7

Review Period

The application review process can take up to 6 weeks from the date your last document is received.

Certification is granted when all of your documents have been received and approved.

Step 8



You have been awarded the CCC-SLP and your new ASHA card will be arriving soon.

You may now use "CCC-SLP" after your signature.

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