Mandatory CC Requirements for Speech-Language Pathologists
Continuing Professional Competency Requirements for Speech-Language Pathologists
In order to practice speech-language pathology in Colorado, state law requires you to maintain and demonstrate continuing professional competency requirements (CC requirements) for your speech-language pathology certification. CC requirements must be completed each renewal period before renewing a certificate. The next expiration date is November 30, 2016.
When renewing your certificate, you must attest to how you complied with CC requirements for the renewal period (December 1, 2015 through November 30, 2016). CC requirements can be met by:
- the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program;
- Deemed Status; OR
- a Military Exemption.
Brief Overview of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program
- Complete the Reflective Self-Assessment Tool (RSAT) form. From the results of this self-assessment, create one to four learning goals.
- Complete 10 Professional Development Activities (PDA) in the required categories to achieve your learning goals. No more than five hours will be credited in any one category, except Coursework. There are eight categories in which PDA can be accrued. Review program requirements to understand how to accrue your PDA. PDA must be completed within the renewal period – December 1, 2015 through November 30, 2016 (or when you renew your certificate).
Before renewing your certificate, finalize your Learning Plan and document the completion of PDA. Retain your documentation as described; audits of compliance will be conducted after the renewal.
How do I get more information?
For more information on CC requirements, please visit www.colorado.gov/dora/Speech-Language_Pathology_CPC.
There you can find:
- FAQ’s – answers to frequently asked question
- Video – if you cannot attend the webinar be sure to watch the video that is available now
- Resources – click “Documents and Forms” to find the Continuing Professional Competency Manual, Professional Development Activities (PDA) Chart, RSAT, etc. (www.colorado.gov/dora/Speech-Language_Pathology_CPC)
Everything you need to know can be found on this website!
Upcoming Outreach Event:
Webinar (Online Event via the Internet)
March 15, 2016 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm – A DORA representative will discuss CC requirements and answer questions. Although this is an optional outreach event, we recommend you participate in order to be better educated on the program’s requirements.
Participation in this event is online only and you must pre-register to receive a link that you will use to sign in to the webinar.
Register for this ONLINE event at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/416066567734141954
Please direct questions about continuing professional competency to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-894-2363.
Provisional Certification to Practice Speech-Language Pathology
On May 29, 2015, Governor Hickenlooper signed House Bill 15-1373 (HB15-1373) “Concerning the Creation of a Provisional Certification to Practice Speech-Language Pathology.” The new law is effective September 1, 2015. Click for additional information.
Now that you’ve renewed your DORA license, what’s next?
Visit DORA’s website for all the resources you need! DORA has posted necessary forms (RSAT & Learning Plan) and instructions for you to plan your Professional Development Activities for next license year.
Would you like a little variety in your professional development activities?
DORA has posted a manual detailing the types of professional development activities you can complete and how you document them. The DORA regulations have been crafted to give you the flexibility to choose learning experiences that will help you grow as a professional.
Still a little worried about what is required? Just want the highlights?
Click here to visit the FAQ page on DORA’s website. It provides a great overview of the requirements in an easy question/answer format.
It’s time to renew your certification!
This is the first renewal for speech-language pathologists since certification began in June 2013. Over 50% more people applied for SLP certification than originally estimated when the legislation was passed. DORA collects only enough fees to cover the cost of regulation. Due to the increased number of applications, the fees collected surpassed the projected income for the program. This translates into a significantly reduced renewal fee of only $6.00. The fee reduction is temporary, for one year only.
DORA evaluates fees each renewal cycle. The fee reduction for SLPs renewing in 2014 will be re-evaluated next year and may be adjusted to generate sufficient revenue to cover costs. DORA continually strives to keep fees low.
Please call me if you have any questions or concerns.
Lisa E. Jackson
Regulatory Compliance Program Manager
Colorado Medical Board
Office of Speech-Language Pathology Certification
Several revisions to the proposed rules were made subsequent to the September 15, 2014, stakeholder meeting and written comments received from interested parties. Additional revisions were made to formatting. All such revisions are reflected in blue type.
Written comments will be accepted through close of business on Friday, September 26, 2014.
Important Information Regarding Speech-Language Pathologist Applications
The Division of Professions and Occupations is on track to approve Speech-Language Pathologist Certifications by July 1, 2013 for all qualified applicants. Over 400 applications were received incomplete, primarily due to a missing Healthcare Professions Profile (“HPPP Profile”).
The Division is approving certifications for those applications in which the only missing item is an HPPP Profile. A 90 day extension will be granted to those Speech-Language Pathologists to complete their HPPP Profile.
The Division’s licensing specialists are notifying applicants of this extension and any other incomplete items. Please check your e-mail for correspondence from the Division regarding an incomplete application (be sure to check your SPAM folder).
You can also check the status of your application online! Visit the Division’s Online Services to review any incomplete items and print a confirmation of your certification for your employer.
You will be able to complete your HPPP Profile online at www.dora.colorado.gov/professions/hppp. Click the button on the left side labeled “Create/Update a Healthcare Professions Profile” and follow the instructions provided. If you have any technical issues or need assistance in creating your profile, please contact the Healthcare Professions Profile Program Helpdesk at email@example.com or 303-894-5942.