By Gina Ulery
Texas-licensed Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) and Audiologists are required to renew their registrations on a two year cycle after January 1, 2006.
Proof of having earned at least 20 clock hours of continuing education (CE) with at least two clock hours in ethics during the two-year renewal cycle is required by each licensee. The hours must have been completed prior to the date of expiration of the license. Dual licensees must complete 30 clock hours of CE with at least two clock hours in ethics during the two-year renewal cycle.
The continuing education requirements are intended to maintain and improve the quality of services provided to the public by licensed speech-language pathologists, audiologists, assistants in speech-language pathology, and assistants in audiology. Continuing education credits include courses beyond the basic preparation which are designed to promote and enrich knowledge, improve skills, and develop attitudes for the enhancement of the licensees, thus improving the speech and hearing care to the public.
The licensee is responsible for maintaining a record of his or her continuing education experiences. The certificates, diplomas, registries, or other documentation verifying earning of continuing education hours are not to be forwarded to the board at the time of renewal unless the licensee has been selected for audit by the board.
Please note that interns in speech-language pathology and interns in audiology do not earn CEUs during their internship.
LIST OF APPROVED CONTINUING EDUCATION SPONSORS:
All continuing education courses must be provided by one of the board approved CE sponsors:
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA)
American Academy of Audiology (AAA)
Texas Academy of Audiology (TAA)
For more information regarding continuing education requirements, including renewal requirements, please refer to the program rules, which can be obtained online via http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/speech/sp_rules.shtm
Professional Development Resources is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA Provider #AAUM) to provide continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. Texas SLPs may earn all 20 hours through courses available online @ https://www.pdresources.org/.
The above CE information was obtained from the Texas State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology website on November 14, 2014