After Graduation – Voluntary Professional Certification With ASHA

After completing their graduate program, we strongly encourage all students to complete the requirements for ASHA certification. 

What is the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP)?

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the professional, scientific and credentialing association for speech-language pathologists, audiologists and speech, language and hearing scientists. ASHA oversees the credentialing of academic programs, clinical certification, continuing education and clinical specialty recognition.

  • The Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-A), granted by ASHA, is an internationally recognized professional credential for audiologists. While the certification process is voluntary, ASHA certification verifies to the public, employers, regulatory bodies, insurance companies and colleagues that professionals with a CCC-A have met rigorous standards in terms of preparation and training and ongoing continuing education and professional development.
  • The Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC) is the credentialing body of ASHA. The CFCC defines the standards for clinical certification (CCC-A); applies those standards in granting certification to individuals; and administers the certification maintenance program. Importantly, the standards they set outline the specific knowledge and skill requirements for the profession, which includes both undergraduate and graduate-level coursework.

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. ASHA 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, ASHA 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 .

Most school employment settings do not require ASHA certification. However, a number of school districts across the country offer salary supplements to ASHA-certified audiologists. In addition, others are starting to pay for ASHA certification and individual Au.D licenses through the WA Department of Health to ensure reimbursement for diagnostics and/or treatment services provided to school children covered by Medicaid.

Finally, anyone wishing to supervise graduate students in practica or externship experiences sometime during their career, usually must have ASHA certification to be eligible.

For certification maintenance, ASHA requires an annual renewal and minimum of 30 hours of continuing education across a 3 year maintenance interval.

What Are the ASHA Certification Requirements?

Effective January 1, 2012, all applicants for ASHA’s Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) will be evaluated according to the 2012 certification standards in audiology. To apply for ASHA certification, Doctor of Audiology graduates must provide documentation that they have completed the following:

  1. Doctoral degree from a program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA), that meets all ASHA knowledge and skill requirements for independent practice in the audiology profession
  2. Passing score on the national Praxis exam in audiology

1. Doctoral Degree 

The Doctor of Audiology program at the University of Washington is accredited by ASHA’s Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA). For that reason, students completing the Au.D. program meet all ASHA’s standards for Doctoral level education in audiology and are eligible to apply for ASHA’s Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). 

2. Passing score on the national Praxis exam in Audiology

The national Praxis Exam is administered through the Education Testing Service (ETS) and measures knowledge important for beginning, independent audiology practitioners in all primary employment settings, including schools, hospitals, clinics, private practice, etc. 

Students should review the ETS Praxis Study Companion for Audiology. The exam consists of 120 multiple-choice questions and lasts 2 hours. Questions cover the following major content areas:

  • Foundations (~10%)
  • ​Prevention and Identification (~10%)
  • Assessment (~40%)
  • Intervention (~30%)
  • Professional Issues (~10%)