Applying for Specialty Certification
An individual may apply to the ABCLLD to become a Board Certified Specialist in Child Language (BCS-CL) by complying with the following Standards for Certification as a Child Language Specialist:
1. Hold current Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) and verify an equivalent of five years full-time (or part-time basis for the equivalent of five years) of clinical experience after obtaining the CCC with an emphasis on Child Language within the 10 years prior to submitting an application for board certification.
2. Document advanced educational experiences (100 hours in intermediate or advanced programming or 10 semester hours of advanced coursework exceeding requirements for a master’s degree) related to typical and atypical language learners, beyond the requirements for the CCC, including typical language learning, children at-risk for language disorders, language differences, and disordered oral and written language, including discourse.
3. Demonstrate advanced knowledge, skills, and leadership in Child Language.
The Application Process
The ABCLLD three-phase application process requires individuals submit the necessary requirements in separate sections — Phase 1: Post-Certification (experience, CEUs), Phase 2: Statement of Philosophy (theoretical orientation), and Phase 3: Clinical Case Study or Academic-Administrative Case Study (depending on your background). Throughout the process, applicants are assigned an advisor to provide support, feedback, and input. Further, the process allows up to two years for full application submission with feedback provided upon completion of each phase.