Revisions Made to Certification Reinstatement Policy The Council for Clinical Certification (CFCC) recently updated its reinstatement policy for audiologists and speech-language pathologists whose certification has lapsed. CFCC took this action in response to members who have asked for a way to reinstate their ASHA certification that would take into account their experience gained (and maintained) while ... ASHA News
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Revisions Made to Certification Reinstatement Policy
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  • Georgia McMann, is senior advisor for certification.
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ASHA News   |   March 01, 2010
Revisions Made to Certification Reinstatement Policy
The ASHA Leader, March 2010, Vol. 15, 18. doi:10.1044/leader.AN2.15032010.18
The ASHA Leader, March 2010, Vol. 15, 18. doi:10.1044/leader.AN2.15032010.18
The Council for Clinical Certification (CFCC) recently updated its reinstatement policy for audiologists and speech-language pathologists whose certification has lapsed. CFCC took this action in response to members who have asked for a way to reinstate their ASHA certification that would take into account their experience gained (and maintained) while continuing to work in the professions.
A major component of the new reinstatement policy is how the certification lapse is measured. Previously the lapse was measured in years, with different recertification requirements depending on the date of last certification (within or beyond five years). Under the new policy, the lapse is viewed in relation to certification standards: whether the current audiology or speech-language pathology standards are the same or different from those in effect when certification lapsed.
If certification standards have remained the same, CFCC believes that applicants likely have been practicing with an up-to-date knowledge and skills base, continuing to accumulate professional development hours in their area(s) of interest. These applicants will complete the brief reinstatement application and provide evidence of continuing education in relation to the length of time since they previously held certification, up to a maximum of 30 hours.
If the standards have changed since certification was last in effect, applicants must provide documentation for 30 hours of professional development within the last three years and evidence of successful completion of the Praxis examination (a score of at least 600 within five years prior to submission of the reinstatement application) through official notification from the Education and Testing Service (ETS).
Visit ASHA’s Web site for Praxis exam preparation information and links to free ETS study materials.
CF Requirement Removed
The new reinstatement policy also removes the 12-week clinical fellowship requirement—instead, the applicant must obtain the signature of a colleague holding current ASHA certification in the area in which reinstatement is sought. This signed affirmation by a current ASHA certificate-holder who is familiar with the applicant’s knowledge, skills, and abilities acknowledges the efforts of the applicant to remain involved and current in the profession and is a valuable testament toward certification reinstatement.
The last standards change in speech-language pathology took effect Jan. 1, 2005. SLPs seeking reinstatement who held certification through Dec. 31, 2009, will not need to provide evidence of exam completion. Individuals whose certification lapsed before and including Dec. 31, 2004, must provide verification of a passing score on the Praxis.
Audiology certification standards last changed effective Jan. 1, 2007, and will change effective Jan. 1, 2011, and again on Jan. 1, 2012, when the clinical doctoral degree will be required. Previously certified audiologists whose certification lapsed before Dec. 31, 2006, will be required to provide verification of passing the audiology Praxis within five years prior to submitting the reinstatement application. If certification lapsed after Jan. 1, 2007, exam verification is not required but documentation confirming completion of professional development hours will be required.
All lapsed certificate holders are welcome to apply for reinstatement; current certificate-holders are encouraged to invite previously certified colleagues to apply. Applications are available from the Action Center at 800-498-2071; more information is available at Certification Reinstatement Frequently Asked Questions.
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