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Become a Certified Audiology Assistant

Follow the step-by-step guide to apply for ASHA audiology assistants certification (C-AA), which includes submitting a completed application and supporting documents, and paying the appropriate certification fee.

Individuals who apply for the C-AA credential must also do the following:

  1. Meet current audiology assistant certification standards and requirements.
  2. Follow all published policies and procedures.
  3. Abide by the ASHA Assistants Code of Conduct.

Once your application and supporting documents have been reviewed and approved, you will be notified by e-mail and provided with an Eligibility Exam ID to register for the national Assistants Certification Exam.

Eligibility Pathways

To be eligible to take the audiology assistants certification exam, applicants must complete one of three pathway options that best fits their education and qualifications. 

Education Option 1

  • Bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from an accredited institution
  • Field work: 500 hours providing patient services within the scope of practice for an audiology assistant under the supervision of an ASHA-certified audiologist

Education Option 2

  • College degree (non CSD), high school diploma, or GED from an accredited institution
  • Complete ASHA’s Online Audiology Assistant Education Modules or equivalent (i.e. associate's degree or certificate program in becoming an audiology assistant)
  • Field work: 1,000 hours providing patient services within the scope of practice for an audiology assistant under the supervision of an ASHA-certified audiologist

Education Option 3

Military: Active Duty

  • A military job series awarding certificate (audiology/ENT)
  • Provide a copy of:
    • service member training record 
    • most recent annual performance evaluation  
  • Complete the three 1-hour prerequisite courses

Military: Veteran

  • Honorable discharge
  • A military job series awarding certificate (audiology/ENT)
  • Provide a copy of:
    • military transcript
    • annual evaluation form of prior service obtained no more than 5 years prior to certification application submission
  • Complete the three 1-hour prerequisite courses

Prerequisite Requirements

In addition to finishing all the requirements of the selected pathway option, applicants must also complete the following mandatory requirements:

  • Completion of a 1-hour of ethics course*
  • Completion of a 1-hour course in universal safety precautions*
  • Completion of a 1-hour patient confidentiality training course (HIPAA, FERPA, etc.)*

*These three prerequisite courses must be completed no more than 2 years prior to application. These requirements may also be met as part of an academic course.

Audiology Assistant Exam Blueprint

The Audiology Assistant Exam Blueprint [PDF] was developed through a research-based practice analysis by audiology assistants, audiologists, and educators to ensure that the certification reflects emerging data, applied knowledge, and best practices. The audiology assistants national exam will be based on the information in the blueprint.

The following references may provide you with additional information but are not required for exam review.

  • Gelfand, Stanley A. (2009). Essentials of Audiology. Thieme.
  • Martin, Frederick N., and Clark, John Greer. (2019). Introduction to Audiology. Pearson Publishing.

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