Approved Petitioning Groups for New Specialty Areas

The Clinical Specialty Certification program is overseen by the Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC) through the CFCC's Committee on Clinical Specialty Certification (CCSC). The CCSC monitors a Specialty Certification Board's (SCB) adherence to the CFCC's standards for the program and approves applications for new clinical specialty areas.

A petitioning group demonstrates that it represents practitioners of a potential specialty area and seeks approval for the creation of that potential specialty area. Approved petitioning groups for new specialty areas have exclusive rights to that content area for a period of 18 months.

Application for approval of a specialty area is a two-stage process. In Stage 1, a petitioning group identifies its intention to formally apply for creation of an SCB in a potential specialty area and includes sufficient detail to enable the CCSC to make initial decisions regarding the appropriateness of the request for consideration and to inform the public of the intention of to apply for approval. In their Stage 1 application, the petitioning group clearly defines the potential specialty area, the population of consumers, and demonstrates that their group is composed of practitioners who provide service in that area.

After successful completion of Stage 1 and notification of approval to proceed from the CCSC, the petitioning group progresses to Stage 2 of the application process. Stage 2 expands on the Stage 1 application by defining the process by which a successful clinical specialty certification program will be accomplished and demonstrates how that proposed program intends to comply with the Standards for Approval as a Clinical Specialty Area of Practice (Area Standards).

Stage 1 Approval

None at this time.

Stage 2 Approval

Autism Spectrum Disorder
(approved July 19, 2016)
Petitioning group contact: 
Lynn Koegel
Clinical Professor
Stanford School of Medicine, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Palo Alto, California  

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
(approved June 22, 2018)
Petitioning group contact: 
Katya Hill
Associate Professor at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
AAC Institute 

Voice and Upper Airway Disorders
(approved November 6, 2018)
Petitioning group contact:
Dr. Joseph Stemple
Professor, Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders
University of Kentucky, College of Health Sciences 

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