CFCC Strategic Plan

During a dedicated strategic planning session, the Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC) stated its goals for defining the standards for clinical certification and applying those standards in the certification of individuals. The following goals and strategies comprise the CFCC's 2020–2023 Strategic Plan: Extension for 2024–2025.


ASHA certification standards improve client/patient/student care and safety.


The CFCC accomplishes its vision by

  • monitoring trends in safe and ethical clinical practice;
  • creating certification standards to provide for the highest quality client/patient/student care through a transparent process that solicits feedback from stakeholders;
  • communicating certification standards, policies, and changes to stakeholders; and
  • administering credentialing programs based on the certification standards.

Goal 1: Ensure ASHA's certification standards promote ethical and effective client/patient/student care


  • Begin to create competency-based certification standards.
  • Explore methodologies for ensuring continued competence.
  • Identify best practices in telepractice and telesupervision for the preparation of entry-level practitioners.
  • Ensure the certification standards continue to promote diversity and cultural competency.
  • Promote the growth of the Assistants Certification Program.
  • Ensure certification standards protect clients/patients/students. 

Goal 2: ASHA's Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) continues to be the preferred credential by audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and stakeholders


  • Elicit feedback from applicants and applicable parties.
  • Increase the number of certificate holders, retention rates, and partnerships with corresponding organizations.
  • Expand communications with other national associations and state licensure boards.
  • Ensure accessibility to meeting the certification standards. 

Goal 3: Maintain transparency within certification standards, policies, and communications


  • Provide proactive communications regarding practice analysis studies and peer reviews.
  • Expand communications to future certification applicants.
  • Maintain clarity of certification standards and guidelines.
  • Continue robust involvement in the conventions and online/virtual meetings of ASHA, CAPCSD, NBASLH, AAA, etc.
  • Increase communication and collaboration with CAA, CAPSCD, and NBASLH.

Goal 4: Increase awareness of clinical specialty certification


  • Increase the awareness and value of the Board Certified Specialist (BCS) credential to CCC holders and employers.
  • Survey CCC holders on their awareness of and perceptions of specialty certification. 

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