After Graduation – Voluntary Professional Certification with ABA
The American Board of Audiology (ABA) is an organization specifically dedicated to enhancing audiologic services to the public by promoting universally recognized standards in professional practice and encouraging audiology professionals to exceed these standards to promote the highest level of professional development and ethical practice.
Au.D. graduates are able to apply for three types of voluntary certification programs and credentials through the ABA, that showcase an audiologist’s expertise and experiences in the field.
- Board Certification in Audiology – The Board Certification in Audiology was developed to allow audiology professionals to enhance the status and credibility of their work and the profession. Board Certification serves as a third-party endorsement of your knowledge and experience, prepares you for greater on-the-job responsibilities, and is a clear indicator of your willingness to invest in your own professional development.
- Cochlear Implant Specialty Certification (CISC) - The CISC certification indicates that an audiologist is an expert in all areas of cochlear implant knowledge, including expectations, surgical considerations, device operation, and rehabilitation. The CISC was developed to standardize training and knowledge of CI audiologists, elevate professional standards in audiology, and recognize those professionals who have acquired specialized knowledge in the field of cochlear implants.
- Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification (PASC) - The PASC testifies to an audiologist’s expertise in pediatric audiology and demonstrates to colleagues, other health-care providers, patients, and employers that he or she has acquired a high level of knowledge in the field of pediatric audiology and is the best option for treating children with audio-vestibular disorders and hearing loss.
Students should be aware that some non-school employment settings may require audiology practitioners to be professionally certified (ASHA or ABA) for professional liability insurance or reimbursement reasons . Typically, practitioners receive a discount on liability insurance/bonding if they carry professional certification. ABA certification also offers increased opportunities for employment, mobility, career advancement, professional credibility, and more, because it is recognized by nearly every state's regulatory agency. If you relocate to another state to practice, ABA certification provides easy online verification of certification to state regulatory agencies, eliminating the need for you to provide copies of test scores, academic degree, or supervised clinical experiences .
For certification maintenance, ABA requires individuals to complete 60 hours of continuing education and recertification every three years.