Be Ready! What You Need to Know

New SLP Certification Standards will go into effect on January 1, 2020. Are you ready? Are your students ready? What you need to know right now:

  • 2019 graduates should apply online for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) by December 31, 2019, even if they have not yet begun (or finished) their Clinical Fellowship.
  • Applicants for the CCC-SLP will be able to apply under the 2014 SLP standards until December 31, 2019.
  • Beginning January 1, 2020, applicants for the CCC-SLP will only be able to apply under the 2020 SLP standards. Applications under the 2014 SLP standards will no longer be accepted or available.

Key Differences Between 2014 and 2020

2014 Standards 2020 Standards
Standard IV-A: Applicants must have knowledge in physical sciences, which should be acquired through coursework in chemistry or physics. Standard IV-A: (New Applicants Only) The required knowledge in physical sciences must be acquired through coursework in chemistry or physics.
Standard V-E and Standard VII-B: The current standards only required that supervisors and CF mentors be ASHA certified. Standard V-E and Standard VII-B: Effective January 1, 2020, clinical supervisors and clinical fellowship mentors for ASHA certification must have at least 9 months of full time work experience and complete 2 hours of professional development/continuing education in clinical instruction/supervision after being awarded the CCC-SLP and prior to supervising or mentoring.
Standard IV-C: Listed the “Big 9” competencies in which the applicant must have demonstrated knowledge of communication and swallowing disorders and differences, including the appropriate etiologies, characteristics, anatomical/physiological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural correlates. Standard IV-C: Descriptions of the major “Big 9” competencies have been updated to reflect current terminology.
Standard VII: Required all certified members to complete 30 certification maintenance hours (CMHs) within their 3-year intervals, but did not mandate CMHs in any particular content areas. Standard VIII: Beginning with the 2020-2022 certification maintenance interval, all certificate holders will have to earn one of their 30 required CMHs in Ethics.
There was no statement regarding the use of IPP/IPE. Standard V-B: Applicants are encouraged to include IPP/IPE into their supervised clinical experience.



Contact the ASHA Certification Team at or visit Certification Standards Change in 2020 on the ASHA website.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA’s) certification programs (CCC-A and CCC-SLP) are now accredited by the National Commission for Credentialing Agencies (NCCA), an industry leader.