Whether you’re an audiology or speech-language pathology student, if you’re graduating from a grad program in 2020 or later, there are new standards you must meet in order to be eligible for ASHA certification.
Key Differences in Certification Standard Changes for Audiology Students
|2020 Standards [NEW!]||2012 Standards|
|Have or show equivalency to an AuD degree earned at a CAA-accredited program.||Have a doctoral degree in which the course of study addresses the knowledge and skills necessary to independently practice in the profession of audiology. Degree must have been earned at a CAA-accredited program.|
|Specific number of hours of supervised clinical practicum is no longer prescribed. CAA standards for duration, depth, and breadth of knowledge must be ensured.||Applicants must complete a program of study that includes academic coursework and a minimum of 1,820 hours of supervised clinical practicum sufficient in depth and breadth to achieve the knowledge and skills outcomes.|
|Encouraged to include IPP/IPE into their supervised clinical experience.||No statement regarding the use of IPP/IPE.|
|Clinical supervisors must have 9 months of experience post-certification and 2 hours of professional development in the area of supervision before serving as a clinical supervisor.||Supervisors must hold CCC-A.|
|Applicants who did not complete their entire supervised clinical experience under a CCC-A prior to graduation can complete the remaining hours post-graduation to meet ASHA certification standards.||To be eligible for certification, all 1,820 hours must have been completed under the supervision of a CCC-A prior to earning the doctoral degree.|
|All CCC-As will have to earn one of their 30 required CMHs in Ethics.||All CCC-As must complete 30 certification maintenance hours (CMHs) within their 3-year intervals.|
Key Differences in Certification Standard Changes for SLP Students
|2020 Standards [NEW!]||2014 Standards|
|Have knowledge in physical sciences, which must be acquired through coursework in chemistry or physics.||Have knowledge in physical sciences, which should be acquired through coursework in chemistry or physics.|
|Clinical supervisors and CF mentors must have at least 9 months of full-time work experience and complete 2 hours of professional development/continuing education in clinical instruction/supervision after being awarded the CCC-SLP and prior to supervising or mentoring.||Supervisors and CF mentors must hold CCC-SLP.|
|All CCC-SLPs will have to earn one of their 30 required CMHs in Ethics.||All CCC-SLPs will have to earn maintenance hours (CMHs) within their 3-year intervals, but they are not mandated in any particular content area.|
|Encouraged to include IPP/IPE into their supervised clinical experience.||No statement regarding IPP/IPE.|
Why the Changes?
During the past couple of years, ASHA’s Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC) completed an analysis to make sure the standards for certification are in alignment with what’s needed for you as an entry-level practitioner.
After review of studies and thoughtful peer-review comments from thousands of certificate holders and other stakeholders, the CFCC developed the above-mentioned changes.