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ASHA Assistants Program

In 2017 the ASHA Board of Directors voted to move forward with the creation of an Assistants Certification Program which will allow audiology assistants and speech-language pathology assistants to become certified practitioners. This program will allow the entire team to practice at the top of their licenses and will positively impact client service delivery by providing role clarifications.

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Cindy Elizondo

June Assistant Spotlight: Cindy Elizondo

Cindy is from Buckeye, Arizona but traveled around a lot as a child and can call many places home. She received her SLPA training from Extrella Mountain Community College. Cindy's inspiration to become an SLPA was children; bonding with and supporting children continues to be her favorite part of the job. Cindy's always looking for new ways to tackle a case, so she loves that her supervisor trusts her completely and has her back with advice and support whenever requested. Cindy's advice to others in the field? "Don't be afraid to try new things! Find what is interesting to the student and use that…don't be afraid to change the activity if the student isn't engaging."


Eligibility Pathways for Certification 

To be eligible to take the audiology assistants or speech-language pathology assistants certification exam, applicants must complete one of three pathway options that best fits their education and qualifications. In addition to finishing all the requirements of that option, applicants must also complete additional mandatory requirements.

Audiology Assistants Certification: Eligibility Pathways 

Speech-Language Pathology Assistants Certification: Eligibility Pathways 

How will supervisors and assistants benefit from this certification program?

  • Certification establishes nationwide standards for assistants that will show employers that these standards have been met
  • Certification creates guidelines for the scope of practice which will help the team better understand roles and qualifications
  • The certification process establishes a systematic review and maintenance of high caliber standards for assistants
  • The assistants credential may be portable between states and work settings
  • Guidelines for ethical practice will be enhanced

Assistants Certification Development Timeline

2017

The ASHA Board of Directors voted 14-0 in favor of approving funding and implementation of the Assistants Certification Program

2018

Identify core competencies for assistants: how they acquire needed skills and define their proficiency

2019

  • Developed and validated eligibility pathways
  • Launched www.ashaassistants.org
  • Pilot test SLPA national exam at 2019 ASHA Convention

2020

  • Establish Code of Conduct for Assistants
  • Develop audiology assistant and SLPA certification standards
  • Launch the certification program and examination by end of year

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