Apply for Certification in Speech-Language Pathology

The 2020 Standards for Certification in Speech-Language Pathology are now in effect. 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.

For more information, view the SLP Standards Crosswalk [PDF]. 

Please submit your application using our online application system.

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Applying for the CCC-SLP

If you have graduated from a program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) or from a program with CAA-candidacy status, you may submit your online application any time after completing the necessary coursework and graduate clinical practicum, and after receiving confirmation from your program director that the requirements in Standards I–V have been met.

A completed application includes your dues and fees payment.

Important! All academic coursework and graduate student clinical practicum must be completed before beginning the Clinical Fellowship (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 online application for certification, you must also submit the following documents.

*Internationally educated applicants: Please read Certification Information for International Applicants to learn what you need to apply for ASHA certification. 

Required Actions Related to the CF Experience

  • Clinical Fellows use their ASHA account to submit a CF report that includes hours achieved, weeks worked, and CF mentor used. If the Clinical Fellow changes jobs or mentors, each job/mentor should be added using a separate report.
  • By the end of the CF experience, CF mentors must verify their Clinical Fellow's independence to practice by using the Clinical Fellowship Skills Inventory (CFSI) [PDF].
  • CF mentors use their ASHA account to verify (a) their Clinical Fellow's clinical hours achieved and weeks worked, and (b) whether or not the Clinical Fellow has achieved the required minimum scores on the CFSI.

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.

Refund Policy: Applicants who are deemed ineligible for ASHA certification or who voluntarily withdraw their application for ASHA certification within 1 year of the initial application payment date will receive a refund of the initial application fee, less a $50 nonrefundable processing fee. The initial application fee will not be refunded according to the following criteria: (a) after the first dues/fees payment has been made or (b) after 1 year or more from the application payment date, whichever comes first. Applicants who have made a dues/fees renewal payment will receive a refund of only the most recent payment.

New Applicants: Get all the value you can from your ASHA certification and membership. Apply between January 1 – August 31 with ASHA’s New Professional Membership Package and receive up to 24 months of membership for the price of 12 months.

NSSLHA Conversion: $286
For members of NSSLHA who have held National 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.

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

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

Please allow approximately 6 weeks for the review of your completed online application and all additional required documentation. Certification cannot be awarded until we have verified that all requirements of the standards have been met.


Contact the Action Center at 800-498-2071 with any questions about applying for ASHA certification.

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