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Certification Standards Have Changed for 2020

Below is a summary of the changes to the audiology and speech-language pathology (SLP) certification standards that have gone into effect for individuals submitting applications for certification beginning January 1, 2020.

Students: What You Need To Know

Audiology

Apply for ASHA certification any time after you graduate with your AuD from a program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA). Even if all your externship hours were not completed under an ASHA-certified audiologist, you may still apply under the 2020 audiology standards. (See 2020 Audiology Standard III for details.)

Speech-Language Pathology

Apply for ASHA certification any time after you have completed the necessary coursework and graduate clinical practicum, and have received confirmation from your program director that the requirements in 2020 SLP Standard I-V have been met, even if you have not yet finished your Clinical Fellowship (CF).  

Clinical Fellows: If you apply under the 2020 SLP standards, your CF mentor(s) must

  1. hold the CCC-A or CCC-SLP,
  2. have 9 months of full-time clinical experience after earning the CCC-A or CCC-SLP, and 
  3. have completed 2 hours of professional development in the area of supervision.

All CF experiences beginning on or after January 1, 2020, will use the 2020 Clinical Fellowship Skills Inventory (CFSI), regardless of the standards under which you applied.

Internationally-Educated Applicants and Applicants from Programs Not CAA Accredited

Please read Certification Information for International Applicants to learn what you need to apply for ASHA certification. 

Clinical Educators and CF Mentors: What You Need To Know

  • When counting guided observation and supervised clinical practicum hours, remember that hours earned on or before December 31, 2019, need only meet the 2014 standards. Hours earned on or after January 1, 2020, must be completed in accordance with the 2020 standards.
  • Do you supervise students? Are you a CF mentor? New supervision requirements are now in effect for audiology and speech-language pathology.
  • If you plan to supervise students for purposes of ASHA certification, you must attest to having completed two hours of professional development (post-certification) in the area of clinical instruction or supervision.
  • Have you met the supervision requirements? Check your status by looking up yourself on the certification verification page.
    • If your status shows that you have not met the requirements
      • but you have taken the professional development courses, login to your ASHA account and select the link "2020 Requirements for Clinical Instructors." Next, select “edit” to self-attest that you have met this one-time requirement.
      • and you need to take supervision courses, review the acceptable course content and complete two hours of professional development. You can then login to your ASHA account and select the link "2020 Requirements for Clinical Instructors." Next, select “edit” to self-attest that you have met this one-time requirement.
    • If your status shows that you have met the requirements, you’re all set for 2020!

Changes to Audiology Standards

  • Applicants will have to have or show equivalency to an AuD degree earned from a CAA-accredited program.
  • Clinical supervisors will have to have a minimum of
    • Nine months practice experience post-certification before serving as a supervisor.
    • Two hours of professional development in the area of supervision post-certification.
  • The Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC) will no longer prescribe a specific number of hours of supervised clinical practicum. Applicants and their programs will have to ensure that their experience meets CAA standards for duration, and for depth and breadth of knowledge.
  • Applicants are encouraged to include interprofessional education and interprofessional practice into their clinical supervised experience.
  • Applicants who did not complete their entire supervised clinical experience under an ASHA-certified supervisor can make up the remainder of their experience post-graduation to meet ASHA certification standards.
  • The knowledge and skills for certification have been updated and reordered in accordance with the practice analysis study results.
  • Beginning with the 2020–2022 certification maintenance interval, certificate holders will have to earn one of their 30 required certification maintenance hours (CMHs) in Ethics.

Read the 2020 Audiology Certification Standards and view the Audiology Standards Crosswalk [PDF] for more information. 

The CFCC is considering a requirement for English language proficiency. As with any other change to the certification standards, this potential change would go out for widespread peer review in advance of the CFCC voting to add the requirement into the standards. It would be at least one year from the CFCC's vote to approve before the requirement would go into effect.

Changes to Speech-Language Pathology Standards

  • Clinical supervisors and Clinical Fellowship mentors will have to have a minimum of
    • Nine months of practice experience post-certification before serving as a supervisor.
    • Two hours of professional development in the area of supervision post-certification before serving as a clinical supervisor or CF mentor.
  • Applicants for certification will be required to show coursework that covers basic physics or chemistry knowledge to meet the basic physical science requirement.
  • Knowledge and skills will be refined to include speech sound production, fluency disorders, literacy, and feeding within the current nine core content areas.
  • Applicants are encouraged to include interprofessional education and interprofessional practice into their clinical practicum and clinical fellowship experience.
  • Beginning with the 2020–2022 certification maintenance interval, certificate holders will have to earn one of their 30 required certification maintenance hours (CMHs) in Ethics.

Read the 2020 Speech-Language Pathology Certification Standards and view the SLP Standards Crosswalk [PDF] for more information.

The CFCC is considering a requirement for English language proficiency. As with any other change to the certification standards, this potential change would go out for widespread peer review in advance of the CFCC voting to add the requirement into the standards. It would be at least one year from the CFCC's vote to approve before the requirement would go into effect..

Questions?

Contact the Certification Unit at certification@asha.org.

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