Board Certified Specialists in Child Language

By submitting your annual fee, you certify that your Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) is active.

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Please note: You must be a BCS-CL (Retired) to submit the discounted payment below.

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In order to maintain certification as a BCS-CL with the ABCLLD, Specialists are required to submit an annual fee. Renewal requests are sent via email each fall. In order to ensure you receive all ABCLLD communications, please notify us at if your contact information has changed recently.

Further, Specialists are required to submit the following every five years:

1. A completed Five-Year Renewal Form, which includes:

A listing of current employment and a brief description of activities related to child language and language disorders that you engage in as a professional.

This form will also request verification of completion of 85 clock hours of intermediate or advanced continuing education in the past five years — a minimum of 70 hours must be specific to child language and language disorders; a maximum of 15 hours can be related to child language and language disorders. CEUs may be from more than one source (e.g., workshops, webinars, journals). Specialists are responsible to maintain a record of every activity participated in (please use this convenient spreadsheet). Specialists are only required to submit certificates and supporting documents if selected to participate in a random audit.

2. Verification of your Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP), including your ASHA number.


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CEU Tracking

Specialists, please use this convenient spreadsheet to record your advanced continuing education activities. This spreadsheet includes the information you will need to provide in the event you are selected for audit.

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Retired Status

Are you considering retiring from practice or are you retired? You may remain a Board Certified Specialist in Child Language by changing your classification to BCS-CL (Retired).

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Board Certified Specialists Who Are Retired From Practice

Effective December 31, 2015: A Board Certified Specialist in Child Language and Language Disorders who is retired from practice (not providing or supervising the provision of clinical services) may qualify to change Active specialty certification status to BCS-CL (Retired). Retired Status allows for continued affiliation with the American Board of Child Language and Language Disorders (ABCLLD), appending the BCS-CL (Retired) designation to one’s name. If Retired Status is approved, the requirement for certification maintenance professional development will be discontinued. In addition, Retired Status results in reduction in annual fees.

Retired specialty certification in child language and language disorders is available to specialists who:

  • Have retired from practice;
  • Have held Specialty Certification in Child Language and Language Disorders (or Specialty Recognition in Child Language) for at least the past 10 consecutive years;
  • Either have held CCC-SLP for at least 25 total years or are 65 years of age or older; and
  • Have retired their CCC-SLP and now hold CCC-SLP (Retired).

NOTE: If an individual holds Retired Status in Specialty Certification in Child Language and wishes to return to Active Status, reinstatement will be subject to reinstatement procedures current at that time. This may include completing professional development hours and resubmitting the application portfolio.

To apply for Retired Specialty Certification Status, please complete and submit the Retired Status Application Form.

Retired Status Application

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Are you a former specialist looking to regain your board certification?

ABCLLD offers a one-time reinstatement to individuals whose annual or five-year renewal lapsed. Please email for more information.