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 January 1 – August 31 with ASHA’s New Professional Membership Package and receive up to 24 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


Enter your CF experience into your certification online application.

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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