Jerry Carney, Ph.D.

University of Tennessee

Good morning, on behalf of Ted Glattke, Chair of the Standards Council, I am pleased to provide you with this brief update of our activities. Ted was sorry that he could not be with you today and asked me to share our brief report with you. If you need additional information, please see me after this session or contact Ted directly.

The Standards Council has been busy in the following areas:


Since Pam Jackson will provide you with an update of the activity of the Clinical Certification Board (CCB) on the revision Standard III-B, I will not cover it here except to remind you that the change becomes effective on November 18, 1998.


In developing the standards for the Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) Assistant, I want to emphasize that the Council has agreed that we are defining a different type of service provider than the professional speech-language pathologist. For the SLP Assistant, "technical training" replaces "professional education" and "registration" not "certification" of SLP Assistants are two of the major differences.

The Standards Council subcommittee met with a representative of the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) to coordinate our efforts. CAA is currently developing the Standards for the approval of SLP Assistants Technical Training Programs. The Council's subcommittee is currently developing standards to register speech-language pathology assistants. Currently we are conducting a job analysis to assist us in the development of the standards. After we have defined the standards for Registration, CCB will develop the implementation procedures.

At the present time it is a well-coordinated process. If you have any questions, please check with Dianne Paul-Brown or me.


Standards Council is currently conducting a Skills Validation Study for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SP) as part of our routine 10 year review of the standards. The study should be completed this year and will provide us information about both the clinical activities and knowledge activities needed for practice.



The Standards Council is requesting comment about a PROPOSED new requirement in audiology from members of the CGPCSD and we have placed a letter to each of you on the ASHA table in the back of the room. The request for public comment will be in the April 28th edition of the ASHA Leader. The proposed new requirement for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) defines a three year renewal period for the CCC-A and requires documentation of continuing education to maintain the certificate. If approved, the effective date would be January 1, 2002.

The requirement would need documentation of continuing education and could be met by any of the following ways:

  1. Accumulate 3 continuing education units (CEUs) from ASHA Continuing Education (CE) sponsors, including participant-initiated activities. CEUs should relate to the science or contemporary practice of audiology.
  2. Accumulate 3 continuing education units (CEUs) from an International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) Authorized Provider. As you know, the American Academy of Audiology is an IACET authorized provider. CEUs should relate to the science or contemporary practice of audiology.
    1. Accumulation of 2 graduate semester hours (3 quarter hours) from a college or university which holds regional accreditation. Graduate semester (quarter) hours should relate to the science or contemporary practice of audiology.
    2. Retaking and passing the National Examination in Audiology. The examination cannot be taken during the first 3-year renewal period after initial certification; thereafter, it can only be taken once every 10 years.

That concludes my report to you today. If you need additional information, Rick Talbott, a member of the Audiology subcommittee of the Standards Council is here to respond to your inquiries. Also, we have copies of the comment forms for each of you in the back of the room. We need your input and I urge you to respond to the Council's request for your comments.

Thank you.



Council of Graduate Programs in

Communication Sciences and Disorders (CGPCSD)