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To obtain ASHA assistants certification, individuals must submit a completed application and supporting documents, and pay the appropriate certification fee.
Individuals who apply for assistants certification must also do the following:
Follow the appropriate step-by-step guide through the application process:
Once your application and supporting documents have been reviewed and approved, you will be notified by e-mail and provided an Exam Eligibility ID to register for the national Assistants Certification Exam.
International applicants may be eligible to apply for assistants certification. Read more about the application process for internationally-educated individuals.
The Assistants Certification Handbooks describe the process by which individuals obtain and maintain the C-AA or C-SLPA credential. The handbooks include the requirements and standards that must be met by all individuals to obtain ASHA assistants certification and provide information about the application process.
ASHA’s assistants certification is based upon a calendar year and is subject to the rates listed below. Please submit full payment of the initial fee with your application.
Applicants who are deemed ineligible for ASHA assistants certification, or who voluntarily withdraw their application for ASHA assistants certification, will receive a refund of the initial application fee, less a $50 nonrefundable processing fee.
All applicants who submitted applications prior to April 15, 2021, must renew their certification for the 2022 calendar year no later than December 31, 2021. If an application was submitted on or after April 15, 2021, applicants will receive a benefits package encompassing the remaining months of 2021 as well as the full calendar year 2022. The first renewal fee for 2023 certification will be due no later than December 31, 2022.
New policy as of January 1, 2022: Applicants begin receiving benefits based on application submission date and will receive benefits for the remaining months of the calendar year, plus the year following. For example, an applicant who applies in January 2022 will receive benefits for the remainder of 2022 (12 months) plus all of 2023 (12 months) for a total of 24 months. An applicant who applies in May 2022 will receive benefits for the remainder of the calendar year (8 months) plus all of 2023 (12 months) for a total of 20 months.
Part of the required supporting documentation is your official transcript, which may be submitted
Transcripts must indicate when the degree was awarded to you and must name the degree that you earned. In lieu of a transcript, a letter from the registrar may be sent. Letters must state that the degree requirements were met, the date the degree was awarded, and the name of the degree that was earned. If a letter from the registrar is submitted instead of the official transcript and if, for any reason, your application must be reviewed by the CFCC, an official transcript will be required for that review.
Transcripts, or letters from the registrar, must be received at ASHA within 60 days of your application being submitted. We must be able to verify your degree before we can give you approval to take the national exam.
When applying for assistants certification, you are required to answer the following certification disclosure questions:
An answer of “yes” to any of the mandatory disclosure questions requires that you also submit the following:
A certified copy is a copy of an original document where that copy has been officially certified as a true and correct copy by an authorized person. The person may certify the copy of the original document through a dated stamp, a dated written notation, or both.
Applications submitted with a “yes” response to a disclosure question will require additional processing time and will be reviewed by the CFCC. Answering “yes” to any disclosure questions will not automatically prevent certification from being awarded. All relevant factors are given consideration in the review process.
When an application is submitted, an ASHA certification manager will review your application to ensure that the following materials have been completed or included:
The application review process can take up to 6 weeks from the date your last document is submitted.
Information about an applicant/certificate holder will only be released to that applicant/certificate holder unless the release is authorized in writing by the applicant/certificate holder or is required by law. All personal and application information submitted by applicants/certificate holders is considered confidential and will not be shared with any party other than ASHA’s certification staff or administration vendors for certification processing purposes. An individual’s certification status as well as aggregate, unidentifiable exam score summary data is not considered confidential and will be made available on the ASHA website or as requested by phone or in writing.