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California SLP Continuing Education
How many continuing education hours are required during a reporting period?
Speech-Language Pathologists: SLPs licensed in California are required to complete twenty-four (24) hours very two (2) years.
Duel Licensees: Sixteen (16) hours of continuing professional development courses for each license for a total of thirty-two (32) hours.
New Licensees: An initial licensee shall complete at least twelve (12) hours of continuing professional development.
SLP Assistants: SLPAs licensed in California are required to complete twleve (12) hours very two (2) years.
How long is the reporting period?
A “renewal period” means the two (2) year period that spans from a license's expiration date to the licensee's next expiration date.
Licensee’s expiration date.
How is credit hour defined?
A continuing professional development “course” means a form of systematic learning at least one hour (60 minutes) in length including, but not limited to, academic studies, extension studies, lectures, conferences, seminars, workshops, and self-study courses.
One hour of instruction is equal to one (1) hour of continuing professional development credit.
One academic quarter unit is equal to ten (10) hours of continuing professional development credit.
One academic semester unit is equal to fifteen (15) hours of continuing professional development credit.
One academic trimester unit is equal to thirteen (13) hours of continuing professional development credit.
Can CE credits be carried over into the next reporting period?
Are there any specific courses that must be taken?
What types of activities can be used for the continuing education requirements?
The content of a course shall pertain to direct, related, or indirect patient/client care.
Are there limitations on the types of courses that can be taken?
SLP or Audiology License
A licensee may accrue no more than eight (8) hours of continuing professional development courses through the following activities during a single renewal period:
SLP and Audiology License
A licensee who holds both a speech-language pathology license and an audiology license, shall accrue at least sixteen (16) hours of continuing professional development courses for each license.
A licensee may accrue no more than five (5) hours of continuing professional development through the following activities for each license:
SLP and Audiology Dispensing License
A licensee who holds both a speech-language pathology license and a dispensing audiology license shall accrue:
At least sixteen (16) hours of continuing professional development courses in speech-language pathology biennially, of which no more than four (4) hours of the continuing professional development may be accrued through the following activities during a single renewal period:
At least eight (8) hours of continuing professional development courses in dispensing audiology annually, of which no more than two (2) hours of continuing professional development courses may be accrued through the following activities during a single renewal period:
What type of courses or activities are not allowed?
Courses considered outside the scope of continuing professional development include, but are not limited to, those in the following areas:
What type of approval is needed for the courses?
A continuing professional development provider shall meet the Board's course content and instructor qualifications criteria, as provided under this article, to qualify to become a Board-approved provider.
A licensee shall only be credited with continuing professional development hours if he or she takes a course from a board-approved provider with a valid, current approval as a provider or from an entity listed:
What are the reporting requirements?
Upon completion of a course, a provider shall issue a record of course completion to a licensee (e.g., letters of verification of attendance, certificates, gradeslips, transcripts) containing the following information:
How long must continuing education records be retained?
A licensee shall maintain records of course completion for a period of at least two (2) years from the date of license renewal for which the course was completed.
A licensee may submit a written request for exemption from the continuing professional development requirement for any of the reasons listed below. The Board will notify the licensee, within thirty (30) working days after receipt of the request for exemption, whether the exemption was granted. If the request for exemption is denied, the licensee is responsible for completing the full amount of continuing professional development required for license renewal.
The Board shall grant the exemption if the licensee can provide evidence, satisfactory to the Board, that:
During the licensee's previous renewal period, the licensee or an immediate family member, where the licensee has primary responsibility for the care of that family member, was suffering from or suffered a disability. A disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of an individual. The disability shall be verified by a licensed physician or psychologist with special expertise in the area of disability. Verification of the disability shall include:
The Board may audit the course records of a licensee or a provider to ensure compliance with the Board's continuing professional development requirements.
16 CCR § 1399.160
16 CCR § 1399.170.14