and Answers About Continuing Education Requirements:
Education Rule - Section 4753-4-01, Ohio Administrative
Code Refer to OAC for complete information regarding
continuing education. Frequently asked questions and
answers about Continuing Education Requirements:
How can I learn the requirements for continuing education
for renewal of my speech-language pathology or audiology
of the Ohio Revised Code and Ohio Administrative Code
are available at any public library, on the internet:
and may also be obtained from the Board office.
How much continuing education is required?
licensee must earn twenty continuing education clock
hours within the two-year licensure period. Actual contact
hours spent in a continuing education activity will
be considered. Lunches, breaks and other interruptions
shall not count toward the required hours. For example,
attending a three hour presentation earns three continuing
When is continuing education required?
education is required at each renewal with the exception
of the very first
What topics may be used to meet the continuing education
continuing education hours must be specific to clinical
practice in the area of
licensure. Ten continuing education hours may be acquired
in areas related to speech language pathology or audiology
What is the "area of licensure"?
area of licensure is speech-language pathology or audiology
as indicated by the
What are "related areas"?
areas are topics not specific to the area of licensure
but would enhance the
practice of the licensee.
How will licensees know when to renew their license?
less than thirty days prior to the deadline for licensure
renewal all licensees will be
notified by the Board office of the requirement to renew
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However pursuant to Ohio Administrative Code section
4753-3-01(C), all applicants, licensees, professional
experience supervisors and others concerned with licensure
shall be held responsible for knowing and understanding
Chapter 4753. of the Revised Code and Administrative
Code. This would include that it is the licensees
responsibility to renew on time regardless if they receive
notification or not 30 days prior to the renewal deadline.
How will the Board know that a licensee has met the
requirements for renewal?
payment of the renewal fee the licensee will submit
an application attesting to the
completion of required continuing education hours.
When must the continuing education hours be earned?
of the odd year through December 31st of the following
even year of each licensure period.
How much continuing education is required for re-licensure?
license expired for more than one year cannot be renewed.
The licensee must re-apply for licensure. Applicants
previously licensed in the State of Ohio are required
to submit to the Board documentation of completion of
continuing education hours equivalent to those required
of a licensee during the period prior to expiration
of the license and for each renewal period of expiration,
or 40 hours of continuing education obtained within
the 2 years prior to the application, or as approved
by the Board. 20 hours must be specific to clinical
practice in the area of licensure. 20 hours may be acquired
in areas related to speech language pathology or audiology
How long may continuing education hours be carried?
education hours may not be carried over from one renewal
period to the next and may not be used for more than
one renewal or relicensure.
What continuing education programs meet requirements
for license renewal?
Academic coursework, including distance learning, in
areas of speech-language
pathology or audiology, or both, or related disciplines,
taken through accredited colleges or universities.
Any activity approved for continuing education hours
in related disciplines by any
licensure board of the state of Ohio or any other state;
Any activity approved for continuing education in related
disciplines by any
department or agency of the state of Ohio or any other
state; including any continuing
education hours by a local professional development
committee for renewal of a teaching certificate/license
issued by the state's department of education to practice
speech-language pathology or audiology;
Any activity, including distance learning or independent
or self-directed study,
approved for continuing education credit by an authorized
provider of the "International
Association of Continuing Education and Training,";
The equivalent as determined by the board.
What is ASHA Independent-Study credit?
sponsors can offer independent-study credit to individuals
who wish alternatives
to group programs. Independent study is a self-designed
educational experience for the
enhancement of one's knowledge in a specific area relevant
to the field of
communication disorders. A plan of study must be completed
by an ASHA sponsor and the licensee and submitted for
ASHA continuing education credit. ASHA membership is
not required for credit but, reporting of credit is
done through the ASHA registry. For a list of sponsors
and complete procedures call (301) 897-5700 ex-4481.
How can a licensee determine whether a Continuing Education
activity meets the criteria defined by (a) through (d)
may contact the continuing education provider or an
agency defined by (a)
through (d) above, if announcement and registration
materials do not indicate sponsorship or approving authorities.
Is it necessary to register for university credit for
a transcript is not available because the licensee was
not registered, some alternative proof of successful
completion of the course must be available.
How are credit hours, semester hours or quarter hours
for academic coursework converted to continuing education
license renewal, each hour spent in class can be counted
toward your 20 hours of
required continuing education for license renewal.
Will continuing education approved by the Ohio licensure
occupational therapists, physical therapist, doctors,
counselors and social workers, etc. be accepted for
speech-language pathology and audiology license renewal?
topics of continuing education are related to the practice
of speech-language pathology or audiology, they will
Can continuing education credit be earned for presenting
or teaching continuing education?
continuing education credit for instructors will be
Is continuing education required for licensees who are
ill, disabled, retired or who are not required to obtain
continuing education for other certifications or memberships?
education requirements cannot be extended, reduced,
Can I earn continuing education without leaving my home?
continuing education activities on video, audio and
computer learning programs
meet requirements for license renewal. Continuing education
may be earned at home in any programs approved by agencies
defined in (a) through (d). For example, accredited
colleges and universities offer correspondence courses,
distance learning programs and courses via the internet;
ASHA offers independent study programs, journal study
groups and self-paced home-study packages.
When is verification of continuing education submitted
to the Board?
of continuing education should be submitted when a licensee
is audited or when reapplying for licensure after a
license has expired for more than one year.
What documentation is required?
shall be written verification of successful completion
by the applicant or
licensee from a board approved continuing education
registry or provider of the
continuing education hours. Documentation shall include
the name of the continuing
education provider, date of completion, subject, number
of clock hours, course objective, your license number,
and attendance of the licensee.
How long must continuing education records be saved?
must save documentation of continuing education hours
for four years after the date of renewal