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Site Visitor Training and Education

Accreditation Handbook—Chapter VII: Site Visitors

Initial Training Workshop

The CAA conducts its Site Visitor Training Workshop [PDF] once a year at ASHA’s National Office in Rockville, Maryland. The workshop is structured over 2 days and will require advance preparation to fully participate. 

Trainee Site Visit Assignments

All trainees are evaluated during the initial training workshop to determine whether they have sufficiently demonstrated essential skills to serve as CAA site visitors. Individuals who successfully complete their initial training will participate as a trainee during a live site visit to complete their training within the first year of service. If a trainee’s skills are not found to match those required of a CAA site visitor, the individual will not be invited to serve as a site visitor but may re-apply in the future.

Training for Continuing Site Visitors

Continuing site visitors are expected to complete the training workshop, but not for every new term for which they have been re-selected. Current site visitors selected to serve a new, consecutive 4-year term may complete two consecutive terms of service and will then be required to participate in the training workshop to begin their next term of service, (e.g., after two terms/8 years of service, after four terms/16 years of service, etc.). Training may also be identified as part of a remediation plan at any time during a site visitor’s term of service, if warranted.

Additional Education Expectations

The CAA expects all site visitors to complete annual professional development sessions (as offered by the CAA) to maintain their status as a site visitor. These sessions may be provided in a webinar or online format, or as a face-to-face session, such as those offered at the ASHA Convention.


All site visit expenses (airfare, lodging, food, and ground transportation), as well as initial training workshop expenses are covered by the CAA/ASHA in accordance with ASHA’s travel and reimbursement policies. CAA site visitors are considered volunteers and are not paid or provided an honorarium for their participation on site visits.

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 assistants, 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


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