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.
Note: Audiologists must have a certificate of registration to dispense hearing aids.
The Board may issue a license by endorsement to an audiologist or speech language pathologist who has a valid, unrestricted license in good standing from another jurisdiction with standards that are substantially equivalent to D.C.'s requirements.
A graduate student in audiology may practice in the District if (a) the practice is part of an audiology educational program and (b) practice is only under the direct supervision of an audiologist licensed in the District. This does not apply to an AuD student completing their supervised experience.
Clinical fellows in speech-language pathology must register with the Board.
Licensees must complete 20 hours of continuing education during a two year period. One hour must be in ethics and two hours must be in LGBTQ continuing education. Ten percent (10%) of the total required continuing education shall be in the subjects determined by the Director as public health priorities of the District, which shall be duly published every five (5) years or as deemed appropriate.
Dual licensees must complete 30 hours of continuing education during the two year period including one hour of ethics, two hours in LGBTQ continuing education, and ten percent of the total shall be in the subjects determined by the Director as public health priorities. Five hours of continuing education must be in each discipline.
The District of Columbia is not a member state of the Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact. Information on the current status of the ASLP-IC can be found on the ASLP-IC website.
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.