Beginning with certificate holders in the January 1, 2020–December 31, 2022 certification maintenance interval: Out of 30 required professional development hours for certification maintenance, at least 1 hour must be in the area of ethics.
Individuals seeking ASHA certification in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) must have a master’s degree from a university accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA). Once academic and practicum requirements have been met, prospective applicants may apply any time before, during, or after the completion of the Clinical Fellowship (CF) experience.
Please review ASHA’s New Professional Membership Package to explore your options.
Licensure is designed to protect the public from harm. Certification is the public’s assurance that an individual has voluntarily met rigorous, peer-developed and reviewed standards endorsed by a national professional body.
The Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) is a credential that offers many benefits. Holding the CCC is voluntary; it is your decision whether or not to apply.
In section 2 of the application for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP), you have the option of applying for either the "CCC-SLP with ASHA membership" or the "CCC-SLP without ASHA membership." If you choose certification with membership, you may be eligible for either the NSSLHA-to-ASHA conversion discount, and/or the New Professional Membership Package. If you choose certification without membership, you are not eligible for ASHA’s New Professional Membership Package and will not be able to enjoy the benefits of ASHA membership.
No. Submission of paperwork does not mean that you are certified. Until you receive notification from the National Office that certification has been awarded
Applicants have 2 years from the initiation of the certification process to begin their clinical fellowship and 4 years to complete the experience. Your certification status will remain "in process" during this period of time until certification is awarded.
Help ASHA keep our records current by updating your account with any changes to your name, address or e-mail address. This will help ensure that you receive important information regarding your certification status, maintenance interval, and annual invoices for dues/fees.
You will receive notification via e-mail and regular mail. Your mailed information will contain:
If you wish to receive a printed Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC), you will need to complete the Certificate Order Form included in the packet of information mailed to you after you are awarded certification (see above question). The order form must be returned to the National Office within 1 year of the date you were awarded certification in order to receive your certificate at no charge; additional certificates are available for a fee. Please allow 3 weeks after submission of your order form to receive the certificate.
ASHA only sends verification of certification upon request. If you need a verification letter once you have been awarded the CCC, use the online Certification Verification system to download and print an official ASHA verification letter. You may also contact the Action Center at 800-498-2071 to have a letter prepared and sent directly to the professional agency you designate.
Yes, there is assistance available. You can contact the Action Center at 800-498-2071 if you have general questions about the certification process. For specific information regarding your file, please contact your certification manager who has access to the materials you have submitted. The phone number for your certification manager also appears within the information you receive after submitting your application for certification.