The process of obtaining a speech pathology license in Washington is similar to that of many other states. Some common requirements in Washington include a master’s degree, practical experience and standardized testing. Keep reading to learn how state licensure works for Washington SLPs, complete with helpful links and resources to make the process as smooth as possible.
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Summary of Washington Speech Pathology State License Requirements
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A list of any other states where the candidate holds or once held credentials.
A completed personal data questionnaire.
Proof of completion of training specific to HIV/AIDS.
Speech Pathology Initial Licensure for Washington
According to the State Department of Health, initial Washington speech pathology licensure requirements include proof of completing a master’s degree and work experience. Additionally, applicants will need to provide proof of passing the PRAXIS examination in Speech-Language Pathology.
All of these initial licensure requirements are also prerequisites for obtaining a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). A CCC-SLP certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is an optional certification that can signal you have met academic and professional standards that go above and beyond SLP state licensure requirements.
Speech-Language Pathology Licensure Exemptions for Washington
Washington state offers speech pathology licensure exemptions in a few specific cases:
Military and federal government employees may fall under different licensing requirements.
Sponsored educational seminars may be led by individuals who are licensed in other states.
Students who are being supervised may work with patients while they complete a Hearing and Speech Board-approved master’s program.
The Washington professional educator standards board may certify people who only practice in school settings.
License Reciprocity for Speech Therapists in Washington
Washington offers license reciprocity for those who have earned an SLP credential in another state, U.S. territory or the District of Columbia¹. The granting state or territory must require equivalent licensure standards. The applicant will be granted a temporary practice permit while their background check is processed. If an applicant passes a background check, they are eligible for Washington state licensure.
Interim Practice for Aspiring Speech Pathologists in Washington
Since one requirement for SLP licensure in Washington is post-graduate professional work, the state issues interim practice permits². Students who have completed their academic and practicum requirements may apply for a one-year interim license so they can practice speech pathology while working toward full licensure.
Continuing Education for Speech Language Pathologists in Washington
After obtaining an initial speech pathology license in Washington, SLPs will need to continue learning so they can maintain their eligibility for renewal. In Washington, practicing SLPs must complete at least 30 hours of continuing education every three years. One of those hours must cover an infection control topic. Continuing education hours must be earned through accredited institutions or profession-related organizations.
Contact Information for SLP State Licensure in Washington
The Washington Board of Hearing and Speech protects public health and safety by ensuring that health care providers meet high quality and competency standards. Three seats on the board are reserved for members of the public. The remaining board members are practicing speech and hearing practitioners, as well as one medical doctor. Learn more about the Washington Board of Hearing and Speech on their website.
Hearing screenings are provided to school-aged children throughout the state of Washington. The School Health Services branch of the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction oversees audiology testing in schools. If you have specific questions about student screening, please use the contact information below.
Early Hearing-Loss Detection, Diagnosis and Intervention Program