Information & ToolsWhat to Look for in an Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiologist

A core aim of NCSHLA is to ensure that consumers working to manage a speech, language, or hearing issue have access to accurate information. Please review the following information that focuses on certification of the state's professionals.

Certification Requirements

North Carolina places strict requirements on professionals who practice in the speech, language and audiology professions. All specialists are required to be ASHA certified. To qualify for the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (ASHA CCC), audiologists, speech-language pathologists and speech, language and hearing scientists must earn a master's or doctoral degree.

After completing 27 semester hours of basic science course work, 36 hours of professional course work, practitioners are also required to complete 375 clock hours of Supervised Clinical Observation/Practice. When this is completed, practitioners must then successfully complete a Clinical Fellowship. The fellowship consists of at least 36 weeks of full-time professional experience or its part time equivalent.

In addition to these requirements, professionals also must pass a national examination administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and independently validated on an on-going basis. The national examination is taken within two years from the date course work and practicum are approved by the ASHA Clinical Certification Board.

Links to NC's Licensing Boards

The following resources are some governing bodies for the field that provide additional information.