Apply for Certification in Speech-Language Pathology

When to Apply

The 2014 Standards for Certification in Speech-Language Pathology are in effect through December 31, 2019. An applicant for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) applies under the standards that are in effect at the time their application is received by ASHA, not the standards in effect at the time of their graduation.

Beginning January 1, 2020, new standards and implementation procedures will be in effect for all who apply for the CCC-SLP. 

You may now submit your application using our new online application system.

Apply On or Before 12/31/2019

Who: Individuals who graduated from their graduate programs in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) prior to December 31, 2019. 

What: Submit your application any time after you have completed the necessary coursework, practicum, and received the required graduate degree from a CAA-accredited academic program or a program admitted to CAA candidacy.

  • December 2019 Grads Only: When you apply for certification, you can use the date that your program stated you met the knowledge and skills required for ASHA certification as your "graduation date." Your graduation date will be confirmed when your official transcript and program director verification are received at the ASHA National Office, which can be after January 1, 2020.

When: On or before December 31, 2019. You may also apply before beginning your Clinical Fellowship (CF) experience.

Why: If basic science coursework in physics or chemistry was not completed as part of your undergraduate or graduate program, you must apply for the CCC-SLP by December 31, 2019; otherwise, for the purposes of ASHA certification, this coursework must be completed prior to beginning your CF.

How: Complete and submit your online application, along with your dues and fees payment, by December 31, 2019—additional documentation, such as your transcript(s) and verification form(s), may be received by ASHA after that date.

Important! Beginning January 1, 2020, applications under the 2014 SLP standards will no longer be accepted or available. Questions on meeting the 2014 standards? Consult the frequently asked questions.

Apply Beginning 1/1/2020

Who: Individuals who graduate from their CSD graduate programs in 2020 or beyond.

What: Submit your online application any time after you have completed the necessary coursework, practicum, and received the required graduate degree from a CAA-accredited academic program or a program admitted to CAA candidacy.

When: Beginning January 1, 2020. 

Why: If you graduate in 2020 or after, you must apply under the 2020 SLP standards.

How: Complete and submit your online application, along with your dues and fees payment.

Important! All academic coursework and clinical practicum must be completed before beginning the CF experience. If any coursework or practicum is incomplete, which includes all prerequisite (i.e., basic biology, chemistry, or physics, etc.) and core coursework, the hours completed toward your CF experience will not count toward your minimum 1,260 hours.

Additional Required Documents

To complete your application for certification, you must also submit the following:

* Internationally educated applicants must submit an original evaluated transcript.

Dues and Fees

ASHA's Certification and Membership programs are based upon a calendar year and subject to rates listed below. Applications received between September 1 and December 31 will be processed for the current year but will include membership and certification through the following year. Please submit payment in full with your application according to your selected category below.

New refund policy effective 9/1/2019: Applicants who are deemed ineligible for ASHA certification or who voluntarily withdraw their application for ASHA certification will receive a refund of the initial application fee, less a $50 non-refundable processing fee.

New applicants: Get all the value you can from your ASHA certification and membership. Apply during ASHA's Gift to the Grad, May 1 – August 31, and get up to 20 months of membership for the price of 12.

NSSLHA Conversion: $286
For members of NSSLHA who have held NSSLHA membership for two consecutive years at the time of graduation, and who are applying for ASHA membership and certification by August 31 of the year following graduation.

Recent Graduate: $461
For individuals applying for membership and certification within 12 months of their graduation date who are not eligible for the NSSLHA Conversion rate.

Certification and ASHA Membership: $511
For individuals who are not eligible for the NSSLHA Conversion or Recent Graduate categories.

Certification without ASHA Membership: $455
For individuals desiring to become certified without membership in the Association.

Dual Certification: $256
For individuals already certified or in the process of certification in one area who wish to apply for certification in the other area. Note: Individuals who apply for certification in both areas at the same time pay fees for single area certification application only.

The maintenance of your certification and/or membership, in addition to continuing professional development requirements (if applicable), is dependent upon payment of your annual dues and fees.

Certification Timeline

Once received at the National Office, please allow approximately 6 weeks for the review of your completed application and all additional required documentation. Certification cannot be awarded until we have verified that all requirements of the standards have been met.


Consult the SLP Certification Handbook [PDF] or contact the Action Center at 800-498-2071 with any questions about applying for ASHA certification.

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