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Montana Licensing Requirements for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

The information below is collected from state licensure boards or regulatory agencies responsible for regulating the professions of speech-language pathology and/or audiology. The information is reviewed on an annual basis. Please be advised that laws, regulations, and policies may change at any time, so always check with your state for the most up-to-date information.

Initial Licensure

Audiology

  1. Must possess a Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree or a PhD in Audiology from a program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation;
  2. Passage of a national exam approved by the Board;
  3. Passage of a Montana jurisprudence exam.

An audiologist licensed prior to January 1, 2007, who maintains that license in good standing is not required to obtain a doctorate.

Note: Audiologists may dispense hearing aids under an audiology license.

Speech Language Pathology

Current certificate of clinical competence (CCC) granted by ASHA and passage of Montana jurisprudence exam; or

  1. Master's degree in speech-language pathology or communication disorders from a program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation;
  2. Completion of a clinical practicum;
  3. Completion of a 36-week clinical experience with a mentor;
  4. Passage of a national exam approved by the Board; and
  5. Passage of a Montana jurisprudence exam.

Exemptions

  1. Persons licensed in the state under any other law from engaging in the profession for which they are licensed
  2. Hearing aid dispensers
  3. Federal employees within their organizational jurisdiction
  4. Students properly designated as speech-language pathology or audiology interns or trainees
  5. Class A certificate holders issued by the Conference of Executives of American Schools of the Deaf
  6. Unlicensed persons may provide speech-language pathology or audiology services for no more than 5 days per calendar year if services are performed in cooperation with a state-licensed SLP or audiologist. Persons licensed in another state, with requirements at least equivalent to Montana, may offer services for no more than 30 days per calendar year if performed in cooperation with a state-licensed SLP or audiologist.

Reciprocity

  1. The Board may issue a license to persons who hold a valid and unrestricted license to practice in another state with substantially equivalent to or greater standards that in Montana at the time of the application. Applicants must have graduated from a program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation, have passed the national exam, and passed the state jurisprudence exam.
  2. ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) holders may submit evidence of certification as proof of having met the requirements for licensure.
  3. Audiology applicants with a license from another state that have equivalent or greater standards prior to January 1, 2007, will not be required to obtain a doctorate to practice in the state.

Interim Practice

The Board may issue a limited license to qualified individuals engaged in supervised professional experience.

Continuing Education

Licensees must complete 10 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) annually. Dual licensees must complete 15 CEUs with 5 units in each area.

Board Oversight

Board of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

Resources

For further information on laws and regulations for speech-language pathologists and audiologist, please visit these websites:

Questions regarding state advocacy issues? Call ASHA at 800-498-2071 and ask for the State Advocacy Team.

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