Hey SLP’s! Did you know that you don’t have to limit your professional development to ASHA “approved” CEU’s (Continuing Education Units) in order to maintain your C’s (Certificate of Clinical Competence)? It’s true-and not new-but many professionals don’t know this fact or find this whole certification maintenance process confusing. Although there are many awesome courses that offer ASHA CEU’s, there are also many awesome courses that do not. Don’t miss out on those learning opportunities! They count for maintaining your C’s too!
Here’s what you need to know: but first, a quick disclaimer.
This information has been provided to help you understand the difference between ASHA-CEU’s (Continuing Education Units) and ASHA CMH’s (Certification Maintenance Hours). While all efforts have been made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date, it is ultimately your responsibility to understand the specific certification and licensure requirements set out by ASHA, your state licensing entity, and any other governing bodies which mandate your practice (e.g., school districts, employers). Connect with each of these for clarity.
Ongoing Professional Development is Required for SLP’s
You already knew this, of course, but here are some additional details. ASHA requires 30 hours of professional development (CMH’s) every three years. (certification maintenance period) to maintain your Certificate of Clinical Comprtence (CCC, or C’s). The requirements for state licensing entities (e.g., department of health in your states) are generally the same, but check with your state resource to be sure. Your professional development is defined by you as the certificate holder (using some general ASHA guidelines on what counts as professional development) and does not need to be pee-approved by ASHA. When presenters develop their professional development coursework, they may decide to partner as an “ASHA CE Provider” which means that they submit an application with their course objectives etc.. to ASHA and pay a fee. ASHA then endorses this course as meeting professional development criteria and keeps track of the CEU’s reported by the course administrators for attendees who are members of the ASHA CE Registry. If you do t pay the extra fee each year for the ASHA CE Registry, ASHA does not track your courses, even if they are ASHA CE courses. But no worries, because you can track them yourself. More on that at the end of this post!
ASHA Considers ASHA CEU’s and CMH’s Equal in Value
So what is the difference between an ASHA CEU and a CMH? The first difference is the unit
0.1 ASHA CEU = 1 CMH
1 ASHA CEU = 10 CMH
So the ASHA CEU is just a more compact unit of measure but the actual value of the unit does not change. In other words, during the three year certification period mentioned above, you need 30 hours (30 CMH) OR 3 ASHA CEU’s. if you have a combo of ASHA CEU’s and CMH’s, that’s okay, so long as they add up to 30 hours by the end of the three year period.
To crack the code on how CMH’s and CEU’s compute, visit ASHA’s page on reporting units
The last difference between CEU”s and CMH’s is that ASHA CEU’s are submitted to the ASHA CE Registry and CMH’s are not. This means that if you pay an extra fee each year for the ASHA CE Registry, any courses you take which offer ASHA CEU’s will be logged on the registry. At the end of the certification period, you do not have to submit the compliance form outlining your professional development for these courses because that has been verified and tracked by ASHA as part of the registry service. If you have received CMH’s during the certification period and wish to count those toward your compliance with the professional development requirements, you will need to submit your compliance form outlining the details of this coursework and retain the proof of attendance you received (usually a certificate) by the course administrator to serve as evidence of your attendance in the event that you are chosen by ASHA to be audited. More in this next.
Tracking Your Hours is as Easy as 123
- . Use the ASHA Record Keeping Form for CMH Audit to log the necessary details for your professional development course
- Retain your proof of attendance/completion certificate or other document from the course.
- Once you reach your 30 hours for the certification period, submit your form online to ASHA. You don’t need to send your proof of attendance certificate document but keep it in your records in case you are chosen to participate in an ASHA CMH audit.
Find out more about what ASHA considers “acceptable” professional development activities here
Great news! Our live and recorded webinars are more than “acceptable” by ASHA, they are also awesome!
Register for a few today to round out your certification maintenance period and get practical and effective skills to be the best SLP you can be for the kids that count on you!
How do you get your required CE in your busy schedule? Share in the comments below!