Changes in SLP Certification Standards Coming in 2020 New requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) will take effect Jan. 1, 2020. The Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC) developed the standards following a CFCC/ASHA practice analysis and curriculum study conducted in 2017. ASHA members and certificate-holders had the opportunity ... ASHA News
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Changes in SLP Certification Standards Coming in 2020
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ASHA News   |   November 01, 2018
Changes in SLP Certification Standards Coming in 2020
The ASHA Leader, November 2018, Vol. 23, 61. doi:10.1044/leader.AN8.23112018.61
The ASHA Leader, November 2018, Vol. 23, 61. doi:10.1044/leader.AN8.23112018.61
The Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC) developed the standards following a CFCC/ASHA practice analysis and curriculum study conducted in 2017.
ASHA members and certificate-holders had the opportunity to peer-review the proposed standards, which better fit current practice models. The CFCC reviewed the comments and then approved a final version.
The 2014 standards will be used for applications received through Dec. 31, 2019. Applications received beginning Jan. 1, 2020, must meet the new standards.
Under the 2020 standards:
  • New applicants for certification will be required to have knowledge of physical science acquired through coursework in chemistry or physics (2014 standards said “should be”).

  • Clinical supervisors and clinical fellow (CF) mentors must have at least nine months of post-certification practice experience and two hours of post-certification professional development in supervision before serving as a clinical supervisor or CF mentor (the only requirement for supervisors and mentors in the 2014 standards is ASHA certification).

  • Descriptions of the nine major competencies, in which the applicant must have demonstrable knowledge, have been updated to reflect current terminology. Applicants are encouraged to include interprofessional education and interprofessional practice into their clinical supervised experience (2014 standards have no statement on IPE/IPP).

  • Beginning with the 2020–2022 certification maintenance interval, all certificate-holders must earn one of the 30 required certification maintenance hours in ethics.

For more information, contact the ASHA Certification Team, certification@asha.org.
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