One of my best friends, who my son refers to as Super Cool Megan because she is so awesome, recently had her second (gorgeous) baby and made the decision to take leave from being a (fabulous) SLP to spend time her children. We have spent some time talking about her not using her amazing talent and the question arises…should I maintain my Certificate of Clinical Competence…affectionately known as our CCCs? Not even as taking leave from the profession, but as a school based SLP, how important are they really? Since I have recently discovered that having your certification varies so much in this setting, is keeping your CCCs really necessary?
My initial feeling on this is…YES YOU SHOULD KEEP YOUR CCCs! My certification is not necessary to keep my job. I am licensed by the state and that is all that is required by my school district. I must admit though… I like all those fancy initials after my signature! Do they really add value to me as a professional? I think so. But is it all just in my head?
According to their website, The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) describes a certified member as:
“Those who have achieved the CCC—ASHA certification—have voluntarily met rigorous academic and professional standards, typically going beyond the minimum requirements for state licensure. They have the knowledge, skills, and expertise to provide high quality clinical services, and they actively engage in ongoing professional development to keep their certification current.”
More information can be found on their website HERE.
Maintaining affiliation with ASHA is not the most difficult of tasks. The yearly requirements for continuing education are easily attainable and I always have way more than required by the time I renew. It is pricey, but it does include access to information, publications, continuing education opportunities, and an amazing network of SLPs.
I am not sure if the schools is where I will always be, and I know in other settings ASHA certification is required. I would seriously be limiting my career if I did not maintain my certification. Even if I did stay in the schools, I could end up in a district that either required CCCs or that offered some sort of incentive for holding them.
If nothing else, I worked so hard to even earn the right to have my CCCs that I think I might never let them go! And even if it is in my head, I do believe that it validates me to some certain degree.
Do you work in a district that does not require ASHA certification? Would you drop your CCCs if they weren’t required?