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The answer is... Absolutely.
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When an SLP finishes their degree they must complete a Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY). This is like a residency that doctors and dentists would have to do, but a CFY is only for one year.
After completing the CFY and turning in the paperwork, an SLP receives their Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). If you have ever seen an SLPs credentials they read:
John Smith, M.S. CCC-SLP
John Smith, M.A. CCC-SLP
M.A. or M.S. is for Master of Arts or Science and the CCC-SLP means they have the Certificate of Clinical Competence.
Similar to other professions, SLPs are required to complete continuing education on a regular basis after achieving their degree. This requirement calls for 30 credits of continuing education every 3 years.
If an SLP does not complete the credits, their license may be suspended or even taken away.
They won't be able to work until the credits are finished.
Being Nationally and State certified assures people that an SLP is up to date with current techniques and the latest research about diagnosing and treating communication disorders.
The field of Speech Language Pathology is constantly changing due to research studies and findings. Always be sure that the SLP who serves your loved one has their: