Licensing and Certification Requirements

To apply for an initial license to practice as an Audiologist in New Jersey an applicant must have received a doctoral degree in Audiology from a program that is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association or the Accreditation Council for Audiology Education of the American Academy of Audiology. In addition, applicants must have achieved a passing score on the Praxis® audiology exam.

All audiologists must hold a state audiology license through the Division of Consumer Affairs Audiology and Speech Language Pathology Advisory Committee. In order to maintain the audiology, license all audiologists must complete:

The above information is an extraction from the licensing requirements as specified in Chapter 44C Audiology and Speech Language Pathology Advisory Committee Regulations. Please refer to this document for a complete list of requirements.

For more information visit the New Jersey Consumer Affairs and ASHA websites.

Speech-language pathologist who work in a hospital , rehabilitation center, skilled nursing facility, home health, private practice and early intervention services are required to obtain and maintain a New Jersey state license.

Speech-Language Pathologist Requirements for Public, Specialized or Charter Schools

  • Hold a minimum of a Master’s Degree or a Master’s Equivalency
  • Hold or be eligible for the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) Speech-Language Specialist Certificate (SLS)
  • Meet the requirement for continuing education according to the New Jersey Department of Education (i.e., 100 hours over a 5 year period)
  • For additional information visit the NJDOE website
  • Audiologists and speech-language pathologists who hold a license in another state must contact that out of state licensing Board and request a license verification letter be sent to Audiology and Speech Language Pathology Committee within the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.
  • A copy of your out-of-state license does not meet New Jersey license verification requirements.
  • Tips for License Applicants
ASHA CCC is also a requirement for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) to practice in any facility that requires state licensure (e.g., hospital, rehabilitation center, skilled nursing facility, home health, private practice and early intervention services)

ASHA CCC is currently not required in New Jersey for speech-language pathologists to practice in a school setting (public, specialized or charter school). SLPs are highly encouraged to obtain this credential.

Audiologists or speech-language pathologists who hold the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) must complete maintenance requirements to retain the credential.

  • These include submission of 30 CE hours over a 3 year period.
  • A balance of ASHA approved and other continuing education credits are recommended.
  • Random audits are conducted. Not all non-ASHA approved provider continuing education units are accepted.
  • For more information refer to ASHA for certification maintenance visit the Certification Maintenance Frequently Asked Questions: Maintenance Intervals
Audiologists and speech-language pathologists are required to adhere to the ASHA Code of Ethics. These guidelines are principles in best practices as it relates to scientific study as well as clinical and educationally based services. The code of ethics protects the welfare of consumers as well as the integrity of the professions. For more information visit ASHA’s Code of Ethics.

  • Effective January 1, 2020 all individuals who hold the CCC-A and/or CCC-SLP must complete 1 hour of ASHA approved continuing education in the area of ethics.
  • This requirement must be met during each 3 year certification maintenance interval. For additional information regarding approved course content visit the ASHA website.
ASHA certified and New Jersey licensed audiologist and speech-language pathologists are required to honor the scope and practice guidelines across professional domains including assessment, service delivery, documentation and professional conduct.
Scope of Practice in Audiology – American Speech-Language Hearing Association
Scope of Practice in Audiology – American Academy of Audiology
Telepractice is an approved service delivery model for New Jersey licensed audiologists and speech-language pathology. Specific requirements and restrictions apply. For additional information visit the New Jersey Telepractice Requirements for Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Committee websites.

Effective January 1, 2020 all clinical supervisors must have

  • at least 9 months of experience post certification and
  • at least 2 hours of professional development in the area of supervision before serving as a clinical supervisor.

The professional development requirement can be met by presenting evidence of completion of an ASHA approved course on supervision. NOTE: The approved course must be taken after an individual has been awarded the Certificate of Clinical Competence.

In addition, there are several on-line mechanisms to meet this requirement. As a member benefit ASHA provides two modules to its members:

  • Nine Building Blocks of Supervision (credits – 0.2 ASHA CEUs – 2 PDHs)
  • Knowledge, Skills and Competencies for Supervision (credits – 0.1 ASHA CEUs – 1 PDH)

Three online modules are available from the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders. These modules are offered to academic programs as a member benefit. Individuals who are interested in accessing these courses should contact a representative of the university for whom they provide supervision. Each course has five modules and each has 2.5 hours of contact time. These courses are:

  • Foundations of Clinical Education
  • Effective Student-Clinical Educator Relationships
  • Feedback in the Clinical Education Environment
What are the entry requirements for a career in the communication sciences?
A sincere interest in helping people, sensitivity and tact are prerequisites. A strong liberal arts focus is recommended on the undergraduate level – typically students obtain a degree in communication sciences and disorders. Graduate work is necessary for licensure in New Jersey and for ASHA certification and is the entry degree in most work settings. A PhD is required for some areas. Click here for a list by state of Accredited Graduate Programs.

Where can I work?
In many settings, including schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing care facilities, industry, government health facilities, research laboratories, private practice.

Will jobs continue to be available?
The future of the job market in communication sciences and disorders appears excellent. Greater public awareness of early diagnosis of speech, language and hearing disorders, an aging population, and concern over occupationally induced hearing disorders, among other factors, combine to paint a bright future for the professions.

How do I become licensed?
Speech-language pathologists are licensed by the State of New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs. Call the Licensing Board at 973-504-6390 or visit the New Jersey Consumer Affairs website.

If I have a license in another state, can I practice in New Jersey?
Call New Jersey License Board at 973-504-6390 or visit the New Jersey Consumer Affairs website.

Are Speech Assistants allowed in New Jersey?
No

Are Audiology Assistants allowed in New Jersey?
No

I have questions regarding my Clinical Fellowship.
Contact ASHA at the ASHA website or call 800-498-2071 (members) or 800-638-8255 (non-members).

How do I obtain my CCCs?
Contact ASHA at the ASHA website or call 800-498-2071 (members) or 800-638-8255 (non-members).

What are current salaries for speech-language pathologists and audiologists in New Jersey?
Visit the ASHA website for their most recent salary report.

How do I set up a private practice?
Call ASHA’s Product Sales at 301-296-5700 to order the “Guide to Successful Private Practice.”