Article 159, Section 8209 of Education Law requires that speech-language pathologists and audiologists complete 30 continuing competency hours in each three-year registration period to maintain their registration.
The following information provides answers to some frequently asked questions regarding the continuing competency requirement. If you have additional questions or want to request a print version of the Law and Regulations, you may call 518-474-3817 ext. 100, fax 518-473-0532 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Who is required to undertake continuing competency activities and how many hours must be completed?
2. I just graduated and received my license and am in my first registration period. Do I need to meet the continuing competency requirement?
3. I was practicing in another jurisdiction and just received my first New York State license and registration. Do I need to undertake continuing competency requirements immediately?
4. I am licensed in New York State but I am not registered (my registration lapsed) because I am only practicing my profession in another jurisdiction. Do I need to complete continuing competency activities before I can register in New York?
5. I am licensed in New York State but I am not registered (my registration lapsed) because I have not been practicing speech-language pathology or audiology in New York State or in any other jurisdiction. Do I need to complete continuing competency activities before I can reregister?
8. What is the difference between continuing competency learning activities and continuing education?
11. May I audit a college level course and get continuing competency credit? How many hours of credit do I get?
13. If I complete more hours than required during the registration period, can I use them toward the hours required in my next registration period?
15. Are there limits on the number of hours I can accrue in particular continuing competency learning activities?
16. Is there always a one-to-one correspondence between the number of hours I spend in the activity and the number of continuing competency hours for which I receive credit?
20. How is "publication of a journal article in a recognized peer reviewed professional journal" different from "publication of a professional article in a non-peer-reviewed journal?"
23. What are the requirements for in-service training for teachers of the speech and hearing handicapped?
27. What if I attend a conference or workshop that offers CEUs but I didn't sign up to receive official CEU credits from the sponsor?
30. Do I need to use the Continuing Competency Plan and Summary Log of Learning Activities provided by the State Board for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology to document my continuing competency learning activities?
Contact the Office of the State Board for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, 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 518-473-0532, e-mail email@example.com.
Please visit this Web site periodically for current information regarding the continuing competency requirements and other issues related to the practice of your profession.