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Delaware SLP Continuing Education

How many continuing education hours are required during a reporting period?

Speech-Language Pathologists: SLPs licensed in Delaware must obtain thirty (30) CEs every two (2) years.

Dual Licensees: Individuals with licenses in two (2) areas of specialty must obtain a minimum of thirty (30) CEs during each two (2) year license renewal period, with fifteen (15) CEs obtained in each specialty area. One course may be split between specialty areas to fulfill multiple CE requirements. Content must be shown to be relevant to those areas.

New Licensees: There is no CE requirement for a license issued for less than one (1) year. If a license would cover more than one (1) year, but less than two  (2) years, the licensee is required to obtain fifteen (15) CEs or one‑half of the required total hours.

SLP Assistants:

How long is the reporting period?

Two (2) years.

Due Date

CE is required for license renewal and shall be completed by July 31 of odd-numbered years.

How is credit hour defined?

One (1) continuing education contact hour (CE) is defined as sixty (60) minutes of attendance/participation in an approved continuing education activity unless otherwise stated.(Therefore, credits and continuing education units (CEUs) issued by various organizations must be translated. e.g., 1.0 ASHA CEU = 10 CE's)

Can CE credits be carried over into the next reporting period?

N/A

Are there any specific courses that must be taken?

N/A

What types of activities can be used for the continuing education requirements?

CE courses must focus on the enhancement of clinical skills and professional growth as defined below.

Clinical Skills: conferences, workshops, courses, etc., that expand a licensee’s scope of practice by enhancing skills in the areas of prevention, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of the client (minimum of 20 CEs per licensure renewal period).

Professional Growth: conferences, workshops, courses, etc., that may not directly impact on clinical services to the population being served but are of interest to the licensee and will allow the licensee the opportunity to stay abreast of current trends in the profession or related fields of interest (maximum of 10 CEs per licensure renewal period).

Are there limitations on the types of courses that can be taken?

A licensee may receive up to three (3) CE’s for training obtained from a colleague who, after attending a professional conference, gives a formal presentation of the information from the conference after developing an agenda and outline.

University/College coursework for academic credit in the field of Speech/ Language Pathology, Audiology, or Hearing Aid Dispensing. A course description must be submitted to the Board for approval. (1 undergraduate credit = minimum of 3 CE’s; 1 graduate credit = minimum of 5 CE’s)

Professional presentations. A presentation summary must be submitted to the Board for approval. Credit may be given for a presentation only once during a licensure period. (1 hour of presentation = 3 CE's)

Professional publication in related specialty journals. A reprint of the publication must be submitted to the Board for approval.

What type of courses or activities are not allowed?

Excluded are any job related duties in the workplace such as staff meetings, CPR, etc.

What type of approval is needed for the courses?

CE activities sponsored by accredited professional organizations, such as ASHA or AAA, are acceptable, provided the topics are relevant to the improvement of the licensee’s clinical skills or professional growth.

All CE activities must be approved by the Board. A licensee or CE course sponsor may request advance approval from the Board by submitting a completed Board Approval form. Approval may be requested after the conclusion of a course, but there is no guarantee the course will be approved.

What are the reporting requirements?

Continuing Education (CE) is tracked in DELPROS, the Delaware Professional Regulation Online Service. 

Verification shall include such information necessary for the Board to assess whether the course or other activity meets the CE requirements. While course brochures may be used to verify CE hours, they are not considered to be acceptable proof for use of verification of course attendance. Verification must include, but is not limited to, the following information:

  • Date of CE course;
  • Instructor of CE course;
  • Sponsor of CE course;
  • Title of CE course; and
  • Number of hours of CE course.
  • Certificate of completion and/or ASHA or American Academy of Audiology (AAA) continuing education registry documenting course completion.

How long must continuing education records be retained?

Licensees who are not audited shall retain their CE documentation for three (3) years after renewal.

Waiver

An applicant for license renewal may be granted an extension of time in which to complete CE hours or a total or partial waiver of CE requirements upon a showing of hardship. Hardship may include, but is not limited to, disability, illness, extended absence from the country and exceptional family responsibilities. No extension of time or waiver shall be granted unless the licensee submits a written request to the Board prior to the expiration of the license.

Audit

Random audits will be performed by the Board to ensure compliance with the CE requirements. The Board will determine the percentage of licensees to be audited.

  • The Board will notify licensees within sixty (60) days after July 31 of each biennial renewal period that they have been selected for audit.
  • Licensees selected for random audit shall be required to submit verification within twenty (20) days of receipt of notification of selection for audit.

References

24-3700 Del. Admin. Code §8.2

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