Continuing Competency

Summary of Learning Activities

What follows is a summary of continuing competency learning activities including a description and any limitations for each type of activity.

Learning Activity - Formal continuing education courses and workshops

  • Description: workshops and seminars offered by sponsors approved by ASHA, AAA, IACET, NYSSLHA and SED
  • Limitations: none - all hours may be completed in this category

Learning Activity - Formal academic study

  • Description: credit-bearing academic study offered by accredited colleges or universities
  • Limitations: none - all hours may be completed in this category

Learning Activity - Self study

  • Description: structured study based on audio, audio-visual, written, on-line and other media which are provided through approved sponsors
  • Limitations: no more than two-thirds of the required hours may be completed in this category

Learning Activity - Independent study

  • Description: self-initiated, goal-driven learning based on activities such as reading and research
  • Limitations: no more than one-sixth of the required hours may be completed in this category
  • Other: 15 clock hours of independent study = 5 continuing competency hours

Learning Activity - Mentoring See definition and rules for mentoring.

  • Description: learning experience based on one-on-one mentor/learner relationship - both mentor and learner may earn continuing competency hours
  • Limitations: no more than one-third of the required hours may be completed in this category
  • Other:
    • mentor is licensee with a minimum of 5 years post-licensure experience in field of professional expertise
    • minimum 15 contact hours
    • learner goals developed
    • teaching plan and formal evaluation of learner
    • learner evaluation of learning experience
    • supervision of CFYs and students does not qualify
    • one or more mentorships = 10 continuing competency hours

Learning Activity - Publication of a journal article in peer-reviewed journal; a chapter in an edited text; editing a textbook

  • Description: for example, an article in the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
  • Limitations: no more than two-thirds of the required hours may be completed in this category
  • Other: publication of one journal article or chapter, or editing one textbook = 10 continuing competency hours

Learning Activity - Publication of a text in speech-language pathology or audiology

  • Description: entire textbook
  • Limitations: no more than two-thirds of the required hours may be completed in this category
  • Other: publication of one text = 15 continuing competency hours

Learning Activity - Publication of professional article in non-peer-reviewed journal

  • Description: article promotes understanding of speech, voice, language, swallowing and/or hearing, e.g., article in Parents Magazine
  • Limitations: no more than one-sixth of the required hours may be completed in this category
  • Other: one article = 5 continuing competency hours

Learning Activity - Professional presentations at professional conference

  • Description: at recognized professional conference acceptable to the Department (e.g., AAA, ASHA, NYSSLA, LISHA)
  • Limitations: no more than one-sixth of the required hours may be completed in this category
  • Other: one or more presentations = 5 continuing competency hours

Learning Activity - Professional association practice committee chair

  • Description: of recognized international, national or state professional association acceptable to the Department (e.g., AAA, ASHA, NYSSLHA)
  • Limitations: no more than one-half of the related non-professional hours may be completed in this category
  • Other: chairing one or more professional practice committees = 5 continuing competency hours of related non-professional continuing competency activities

Learning Activity - Professional study group

  • Description:
    • there are written study group goals and study plan
    • topics applicable to SLP/A
    • study group attendance records maintained
    • study group meeting records maintained
    • evaluation of learning process when goal is met.
  • Limitations: no more than one-half of the required hours may be completed in this category
  • Other: two contact clock hours = one continuing competency hour

Learning Activity - In-service training for teachers

  • Description: public schools and BOCES are pre-approved as sponsors of continuing competency learning activities to their employees, provided that the in-service training is offered as part of the school's professional development plan.
  • Limitations: all hours may be completed in this category; no more than one-third of these hours may be in areas related to general teaching, supervision and/or administrative issues

Learning Activity - In-service training programs

  • Description: employers must be approved sponsors of continuing education for their in-service training to meet the continuing competency requirement.
  • Limitations: all hours may be completed in this category; no more than one-third of these hours may be in related areas such as administration, marketing, identification of child abuse, reimbursement, teaching, supervision and/or administrative issues

Learning Activity - Teaching a graduate or undergraduate level course in speech-language pathology or audiology

  • Description: credit-bearing course licensee is teaching for the first time
  • Limitations: no more than two-thirds of required hours may be completed in this category
  • Other: teaching one 3 credit course for the first time = 10 continuing competency hours

Learning Activity - Other learning activities acceptable to the Department

  • Description: Contact the Office of the State Board for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology for prior approval of "other learning activities." You may contact them at Office of the Professions, Education Building, 89 Washington Avenue, 2nd Floor West Wing, Albany, New York 12234-1000, telephone 518-474-3817, ext. 100, fax 518-486-4846, e-mail speechbd@mail.nysed.gov.
Last Updated: December 3, 2009