There are so many things you can do and accomplish in the field of Speech-Language Pathology. From working privately with patients to working in association with school, the sky really is the limit. However, a big piece of your career will always be your continuing education credits and additional certifications. One of the most sought-after certifications for SLPs is an ASHA certification.
If you’re interested in learning more about ASHA and what it can do for your career, here’s what you need to know.
The ASHA Certification and What it Means for SLPs
What is the ASHA certification?
ASHA stands for the American Speech-language Hearing Association. Becoming ASHA certified means that you’ll hold a CCC-SLP, or a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology.
What are the benefits of an ASHA certification?
There are a variety of benefits when it comes to earning an ASHA certification and receiving your CCC-SLP. These benefits apply to both you and your clients.
For your clients…
The Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) validates and provides assurance to your clients, other health care professionals, employers, state licensure boards, and third-party payers, that through participation in continuous professional development activities they can be confident you are keeping up with rapid changes in your profession.
- Employment opportunities and career advancement
- Ease the process of applying for state licensure
- Provide you with professional credibility
How can I get one?
To complete your application for certification, you must submit the following:
- Passing Praxis exam scores (sent directly to ASHA from ETS).
- Official graduate transcript* which verifies the date and degree awarded (may arrive directly from institution) or a letter from the registrar verifying completion of requirements for the degree.
- Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Fellowship (SLPCF) Report and Rating Form [PDF] to report Clinical Fellowship experience. Individuals who apply online will complete this requirement within the online application system.
- Disclosure documents: If you checked yes to a disclosure question on the application, you must review the requirements for certified copies of court or other legal documents.
* Internationally educated applicants must submit an original evaluated transcript
For more in-depth information on everything about ASHA, visit this website.
This site will help you to learn everything you can before applying. Not every speech-language pathologist will want or need this particular certification. However, if you find that it’s right for you, it could open your career up in powerful ways and help you to better serve your clients. We wish you the best of luck in your decision!
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