What is the Certificate of Clinical Competence for Speech-Language Pathologists (CCC-SLP)?
The Certificate of Clinical Competence for Speech-Language Pathologists, or CCC-SLP, is given to those SLPs who meet a high level of professional standard, sometimes higher than what is required for them to become licensed in their state, depending on where they live. The standards that they are held to ensure that they are prepared to offer high quality speech-language pathology services, including the professional development requirements they must continue to meet that ensure they are up to speed on the latest information in the field.
How to Get Your CCC-SLP
To get your CCC-SLP, you must to the following:
Step 1: Complete a Speech Pathology Program
Get a master’s in speech pathology or higher from a program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA). Accreditation is necessary so that the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) knows the program is teaching you all of the information necessary for certification. During the completion of 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, which you will need to get your CCC-SLP credential. If you did not complete these prerequisites as an undergraduate, many schools offer bridge programs where you can take your prerequisites.
Step 2: Complete Your Practicum Hours
As you earn your degree, you must meet the 400 hour supervised practicum experience requirement. You will complete at least 325 of your practicum hours at the same time that 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 that you work with, you must be supervised at least 25% of the time.
Step 3: 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 have demonstrated knowledge in several areas related to speech pathology, including but not limited to:
- Communication and swallowing processes
- Speech sound production
- Current assessment, intervention, and prevention knowledge
- Social and cognitive aspects of communication
- Feeding and swallowing
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Step 4: Pass the Praxis Exam
Passing the Praxis Exam 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 and this score is required to get your CCC-SLP credential. Typically, you will take the exam during your clinical fellowship year. The test is administered by Educational Testing Services (ETS).
Step 5: Complete Your Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY)
Complete a clinical fellowship. This fellowship must amount to no fewer than 36 weeks, where at least 35 hours was worked each week for a total of 1260 hours. Part time weeks where over 5 hours were worked count towards the total. The total requirements must be completed in within 48 months of the start of the fellowship, and 80% of the 1260 hours must include direct clinical contact. When completing your CFY, you must be mentored by a CCC-SLP. This mentor must give you a score of 3 or better on your core skills in order for you to be eligible for CCC-SLP certification. Starting in 2020, supervised clinical experiences must include some work involving interprofessional collaborative practice/interprofessional education.
For full, detailed information on how to become a speech-language pathologist, check out our resource, How to Become a Speech Pathologist, a Step-By-Step Guide.
Materials to Submit to Apply for CCC-SLP Certification
- CCC-SLP Application
- Praxis exam scores- ETS will send these to ASHA
- Graduate transcript
- Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Fellowship Report (SLPCF)
- Disclosure documents for those who answer yes to one of a few questions about criminal history.
Dues are paid annually to maintain certification. Your first year’s dues must be submitted with your application. Fee rates are as follows:
- Students converting to ASHA Certification from NSSLHA: $286 if they apply by August 31st of graduating year.
- Recent Graduate: $461, if applying within a year of graduation.
- Certification with ASHA Membership: $511
- Certification Without ASHA Membership: $455
Once you submit a completed application with dues, the review process will take up to 6 weeks.
Maintaining Your CCC-SLP Credentials
To maintain certification, in addition to paying your dues you must meet continuing education requirements. Each year you will submit your compliance form, verifying 30 hours of professional development, including 1 hour in ethics. You must also continue to adhere to the ASHA Code of Ethics.
This page was last updated and verified 6/24/19.