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Audiology and Speech-Language
Pathology Advisory Committee
Frequently Asked Questions

Licensing:

Continuing Education:

    1. What happens if I am audited for my continuing education (C.E.) hours?
    2. When do I need to start obtaining C.E. credits?
    3. Can C.E. credits be carried over from one renewal to the next?
    4. How long do I have to maintain the continuing education records in my files?
    5. How do I know if the course that I am taking has been approved as a valid continuing education credit?
    6. How many continuing education credits are required every renewal period?

 



Miscellaneous:

    1. Can anyone with a license in Speech-Language Pathology do FEES?
    2. Can a Licensed Audiologist dispense hearing aids?
    3. Does a candidate for an Au.D. need to have a temporary license to complete their clinical hours?
    4. How long do I have to keep records?
    5. If I am a Speech-Language Specialist can I see children at home?
    6. If I have a green card can I get a license in Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology.

 



Licensing:

1. Does the Committee offer inactive license status?

Yes. You can request inactive status when you renew your license by checking the appropriate box. In order to return to an active status you must make application to the Advisory Committee. For details see N.J.A.C. 13:44C-2.2.

2. Can I reinstate my license if it has been expired for more than five years?

Yes. The regulations require that a person seeking reinstatement after more than five years have passed following the suspension of his/her license is required to complete the examination required for initial licensure, pay all delinquent renewal fees, as well as a reinstatement fee, and document all jobs held during the period of suspension. For details see N.J.A.C. 13:44C4-1(f). For a list of fees see N.J.A.C. 13:44C-2.2.

3. Do I need to have an employment position to apply for a temporary license?

Yes. When applying for a temporary license you must have a Supervision Plan in place which meets the requirements of N.J.A.C. 13:44C-5.2. Therefore, you would have to have an employment position lined up.

4. If I have a temporary license, must I notify the Committee if my supervisor or place of employment changes?

Yes. Any change in supervision, including supervisor, location or interruption of supervision must be promptly reported to the Committee?s office.

5. Is there an additional fee to transfer from a temporary license to a full license?

Yes. There is an application filing fee and a license fee, which totals $245.00

6. If I am doing a clinical internship with a temporary license in Speech-Language Pathology, do I apply for my permanent license when I finish my CFY?

The term CFY is used by ASHA. The Clinical Internship is the term used in the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Committee regulations. When you apply for your temporary license you are required to indicate whether you will be working full-time or part-time. If you are working full-time (a minimum of 30 hours per week) then your Temporary License ends in nine (9) months. If you are working part-time you may take up to, but no longer than, 18 months. Please go to the website at www.njconsumeraffairs.gov and choose the Audiology and Speech-Language License for further details. You must apply for your permanent license two months before the temporary license expires. If you do not have a permanent license on the date that your temporary license ends you must stop working or you will be deemed to be practicing without a license


 

7. Is there any way a 4th year AuD student can expedite the process for obtaining a New Jersey Audiology License so they can begin work as soon as possible after graduation?

It is not permissible for a 4th year AuD student to work as an Audiologist in New Jersey upon graduation without first obtaining a license. However, to expedite the licensure process, the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Committee will allow students to submit their license application two months prior to their graduation date. Students can download applications and obtain license requirements and important information at the Committee?s website at: http://www.nj.gov/oag/ca/aud/


 

Continuing Education:

1. What happens if I am audited for my continuing education (C.E.) hours?

You will be asked to send in documentation of your 20 hours of continuing professional education. This is required every two years. A form is available on this Web site to help you organize your activity information. You must have documentation that verifies your attendance at an approved continuing education program. See N.J.A.C. 13:44C-6.6 for the details about acceptable sponsors. You can provide to the Committee a certificate of attendance or a statement from the instructor. For further details that are about the information that must be contained in the certificate, see N.J.A.C. 13:44C-6.3. Please remember that only 10 of the 20 hours required may be completed online.

2. When do I need to start obtaining C.E. credits?

Your license to practice audiology or speech-language pathology must be renewed every two years. At that time you will be required to document 20 hours of continuing professional education units if you were licensed within the first year of the licensing period; 10 hours if you were licensed after the first day of November of the second year of the licensing period or zero hours if you were licensed within six months of the expiration date. See N.J.A.C. 13:44C-6 through 6.6 for the specifics about the continuing education requirements.

3. Can C.E. credits be carried over from one renewal to the next?

Yes. If you complete more than the necessary 20 hours, you may carry-over a maximum of five hours if those hours were earned in the six months prior to renewal. See N.J.A.C. 13:44C-6.4 for further details.

4. How long do I have to maintain the continuing education records in my files?

You must retain the records for at least five years following the renewal period. See N.J.A.C. 13:44C-6.3(e) for further information.

5. How do I know if the course that I am taking has been approved as a valid continuing education credit?

Continuing professional education units must be related to the practice of audiology or speech-language pathology. The units (hours) must be accredited by the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education, or accredited or sponsored by a local, state or national audiology and speech-language pathology professional organization, local, state or federal education or health agency, or a local, state or national medical, psychological, dental or similar professional organization. Courses accepted for credit by the National Registry on Continuing Education or by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association will be given credit by the Committee. See N.J.A.C. 13:44C-6.2. To determine if a course is ASHA approved, go to:
www.asha.org/eweb/csdynamicpage.aspx?site=ashacms&webcode=coursesearch.

6. How many continuing education credits are required every renewal period?

You need to have 20 CEUs every two years when you renew your license. These must be approved continuing education programs. To be approved, the course must be accredited at least one of several sources:

  • The New Jersey Commission on Higher Education;
  • An accredited or sponsored by a local, state or national audiology and speech-language pathology professional organization;
  • A local state or Federal education or health agency;
  • A local, state or national medical, psychological, dental or similar professional organization.

  • A maximum of 10 hours can be in self-assessment home study courses sponsored by a nationally recognized professional organization.

    Documentation of CEUs must be maintained for five years

 

Miscellaneous:

1. Can anyone with a license in Speech-Language Pathology do FEES?

No, there are extensive requirements that must be met. Please go to the website at www.NJconsumeraffairs.gov and choose the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology License. You will find the details at N.J.A.C. 13:44C-7.2A

2. Can a Licensed Audiologist dispense hearing aids?

No. You must also hold a license as a Hearing Aid Dispenser to do so.

3. Does a candidate for an Aud.D. need to have a temporary license to complete their clinical hours?

No. "Fourth year" Au.D. students are still enrolled in their university program , have not yet completed their academic degree, are not permitted to bill for clinical services and are not yet eligible for temporary licensure in NJ.
While NJ provides a temporary license to individuals engaged in a supervised Clinical Internship, (formerly known as a Clinical Fellowship Year), that experience is reserved for post-graduate professional clinical experiences as opposed to the Au.D. student's "fourth year" of full time clinical training. Fourth year Au.D. students can begin the application process for a permanent audiology license by contacting the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Committee two months prior to their graduation, but a license cannot be granted until the student has documentation to show that they have earned their degree.

4. How long do I have to keep records?

For adult patients, records must be maintained for a period of seven (7) years from the date of the most recent entry. For minors the records must also be maintained for seven (7) years from the date of the most recent entry or until the patient turns 20 years old, whichever is longer.

5. If I am a Speech-Language Specialist can I see children at home?

If the Board of Education is paying you, yes you can. If you are being paid by the parent or insurance then you need to hold a license as a Speech-Language Pathologist issued by the Department of Consumer Affairs..

6. If I have a green card can I get a license in Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology.

You must have a Social Security number when you apply for a license.

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