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).
2. Verify an equivalent of five years full-time 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.
3. Document 100 hours of intermediate or advanced educational experiences within the 10 years prior to submitting an application. These experiences must be in the area of child language, which includes the comprehension and production of the form, content, and use of language in individuals from birth to age 21.
4. Demonstrate advanced knowledge, skills, and leadership in the following four domains: 1) Leadership, administration, and advanced professional practice; 2) Collaboration and consultation; 3) Education and advocacy; and 4) Clinical services. For more information, please click here to review the ABCLLD Competency Framework.
The Application Process
The ABCLLD three-phase application process requires individuals to 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 each individual’s 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.