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Responsibility of CAA and CFCC

Page last updated: March 27, 2020

The Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) and the Council for Clinical Certification (CFCC) have a responsibility to assure stakeholders that graduates, clinical fellows, and certificate holders are clinically competent to practice. The accreditation and certification standards have been developed and refined throughout the years by undergoing a vigorous vetting process to protect the public, students, and payers. These standards ensure standardization in the amount and quality of education and training that students receive prior to beginning their clinical fellowship and that a clinical fellow receives before practicing as an independent clinician.

Please note that the CAA and the CFCC are the semi-autonomous standard-setting bodies of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), responsible for establishing and enforcing the requirements for academic and clinical preparation of entry-level professionals in the discipline.

  • The CAA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation with upholding minimum standards such that the public is assured that accredited audiology and speech-language pathology graduate education programs conform to those delineated in the Standards for Accreditation.
  • The CFCC is accredited by and adheres to the standards of the National Commission for Credentialing Agencies (NCCA). The NCCA Standards were developed to help ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public.

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About ASHA

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students.

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About the CAA

The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) accredits eligible clinical doctoral programs in audiology and master's degree programs in speech-language pathology. The CAA relies on a dedicated corps of volunteers serving as Council members and site visitors to accomplish the work of the accreditation program.

Contact the CAA

Questions and/or requests for information about accreditation or the CAA can be directed to:

The Council on Academic Accreditation in
Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2200 Research Boulevard, #310
Rockville, MD 20850

800-498-2071

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