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ASHA Assistants Certification Is Coming

You're qualified. Let employers know!

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA) two new certifications—one for audiology assistants and one for speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs)—show employers you’re a qualified professional ready to work with licensed audiologists or speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in schools, health clinics and hospitals, private practice, and other work settings. Get certified, starting in late 2020.

Be In Demand

The demand for audiology and speech-language pathology services continues to grow. Become a certified assistant to show you're qualified to provide those services with the supervision of an audiologist or an SLP.

Demonstrate Your Knowledge

Passing ASHA’s assistants certification exam, and earning your credential, proves that you have the necessary knowledge to be an asset to employers from day one on the job.

Stand Out

Getting certified places you a step above your peers in the job-search process by validating the skills you’ve gained while working in the field.

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We’re glad you’re interested in ASHA’s Assistants Certification Program. We’d love to learn more about you. We’ll be in touch with more information and resources to help you prepare for certification. 

A CAREER IN DEMAND

The demand for audiology and speech-language pathology services is growing fast—and will continue to increase well into the future. The rapid growth has been fueled by many factors, including an aging population, earlier diagnoses of childhood communication disorders, and growing numbers of children with special needs being mainstreamed in schools.

To effectively meet this growing need, teams of qualified professionals, including certified audiologists and SLPs, must work at the top of their license. Audiology assistants and SLPAs play an important role in making that happen.

 

Benefits of Certification

Assistants Certification Benefits You

Inspire Confidence

Whether you're just finishing your education, have military experience, or are already working as an audiology assistant or SLPA, earning one of ASHA's new certifications will give clients and employers confidence in your abilities as a qualified assistant.

Show Professional Commitment

ASHA's Assistants Certification Program represents a mark of distinction and trust. Your certification signifies that you're a professional who is knowledgeable about and committed to public safety and ethical work practices, as an extension of the audiologist or SLP.

Stay Current

Through ASHA assistants certification requirements, you'll stay engaged in your profession with continuing education and lifelong learning.

Move Your Career Forward

Stay tuned for new professional opportunities and benefits as an ASHA assistant.

Certification Benefits Clients, Employers, and the Professions

Improve Access to Care

ASHA's Assistants Certification Program helps improve patient/client access to audiology and speech-language pathology services by creating a pipeline of qualified professionals who meet uniform standards of competency and are committed to delivering high-quality care. The certifications also enable audiologists and SLPs to more effectively deliver services and practice at the top of their licenses by extending their services through certified assistants.

Hire Top Candidates

The Assistants Certification Program creates a cost-effective and reliable means of identifying professionals qualified to perform the functions of an assistant, relieving some of the training burden currently placed on audiologists and SLPs. More than 75% of existing SLPs said that a national credential will verify SLPAs' knowledge and skills, making it easier to identify qualified job applicants.

Creating a Standard

Certification establishes a uniform standard for the knowledge/skill level expected of assistants and ensures that all certified assistants meet the same rigorous requirements. It also creates a baseline of competency for assistants, which may resolve current variances in regulatory requirements across states.

 

How To Get Certified

ASHA, through the Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC), will launch the two new credentials, one for audiology assistants and one for SLPAs, in late 2020.

ASHA and the CFCC are rigorously developing the national credentials through a research-based practice analysis to ensure that the certification truly reflects emerging data, applied knowledge, and best practices.



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About Us

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 204,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students.

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