What is the Role of the CCC-SLP Credential?
How Long Does it Take to Earn a Certificate of Clinical Competence for Speech Pathologists?
How to Become a CCC-SLP
To get your Certificate of Clinical Competence in the field of Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLWP), you should consider doing the following.
- Complete a Speech Pathology Program
Earn a master’s in speech pathology or higher from a program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA). This accreditation signals to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) that the program is teaching you all the information necessary for certification. To complete the program, you must earn a minimum of 36 credit hours. Accredited programs will also require prerequisite coursework in biology, physics, chemistry, statistics, social sciences and behavioral sciences. Many schools offer bridge programs where you can take your prerequisites.
- Complete Your Practicum Hours
As you earn your degree, you must meet the 400-hour supervised practicum experience requirement, according to the 2020 Standards for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology. You will complete at least 325 of your practicum hours at the same time you earn your degree—depending on your undergraduate degree, you may complete up to 75 hours beforehand. Twenty-five of the hours must be clinical observation, and the other 375 must be direct client contact. For each client you work with, you must be supervised at least 25% of the time.
- Get Verification from Your Program Director
On the CCC-SLP application, your program director must sign off on the fact that you not only met the practicum hours requirements but that you also have demonstrated knowledge in several areas related to speech pathology, as indicated by the 2020 standards. This includes but is not limited to communication and swallowing processes, speech sound production, Fluency, current assessment, intervention and prevention knowledge, social and cognitive aspects of communication, hearing, feeding and swallowing, augmentative and alternative communication, and voice.
- Pass the Praxis Exam
Passing the Praxis Examination in Speech-Language Pathology requires getting a score of at least 162. Though some states may require a lower score for licensure, most states require a score of 162, which is required to get your CCC-SLP credential. Typically, you will take the exam during your clinical fellowship year. The Educational Testing Services (ETS) administers this test.
- Complete Your Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY)
The ASHA clinical fellowship experience must amount to no fewer than 36 weeks, with at least 35 hours worked each week for a total of 1,260 hours. The hours must be completed within 48 months of the start of the fellowship, and “80% of your time will be spent on activities directly related to the care and management of individuals with speech and language disorders.”You must be mentored by a CCC-SLP and need a score of 3 or above on your core skills for you to be eligible for CCC-SLP certification. Supervised clinical experiences must include work involving interprofessional collaborative practice.