State licensure is absolutely necessary after grad school. The process can be quite confusing, so we've created this guide to help you through the Florida licensure process.
The Florida Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology is the state regulatory agency that awards licensure. There are two relevant licenses. 1) Provisional Speech-Language Pathologist and 2) Speech-Language Pathologist. Since you have never been held a SLP license before, you'll apply for the Provisional Speech-Language Pathologist license.
- Online Courses
- Graduate Degree
- Employment Verification
A few notes before we begin diving into the details:
- Praxis results are not required for your provisional license but they are required for your full SLP license – be sure to list the Florida SLP and Audiology Board as a score recipient when you take the test. As a reminder, your three Praxis score recipients are: 1) Your University 2) ASHA 3) Florida Board of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology
- If your university is approved by ASHA's Council on Academic Accreditation, you will not need to submit records of your 300 clock hours to obtain a Provisional SLP license in Florida.
- Your application for licensure is online. When you create a username and password – save those somewhere! You will need to log in again. This will surely save you time.
- The videos below demonstrate the process for you! There's no sound FYI
1. Online Courses
These are listed first in our guide because you can complete these before you begin your application for licensure. We recommend taking these right after graduation, if not earlier.
The two online courses that are required are:
- HIV/AIDS (one hour)
- Prevention of Medical Errors (two hours)
You can use CEBroker.com to search the many different approved providers of these courses. The lowest cost ($5 per credit hour) seems to be Consultants for The Future. Their website is a throwback to 1995 ...but it gets the job done.
Watch the video to see the process by which we found the required courses through CEBroker.
Follow this link to go directly to the online courses.
After you complete these courses, you will receive an electronic certificate. Print then mail (yes, snail mail) these certificates to the Florida Board of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology as proof of completion. Mailing address is provided at the bottom of this page.
You'll apply through the Florida Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. The first video shows the process of creating an account. The second video goes through the application.
3. Graduate Degree
Have your university send official transcripts to both ASHA and the Florida Board of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology.
This becomes the slowest component of your application so initiate this step as soon as possible.
4. Employment Verification
A provisional licensee needs a fully licensed SLP supervisor. You and your supervisor will complete this form: http://floridasspeechaudiology.gov/applications/employment-verification.pdf
Mail this form to the address below.
Contact the Board for questions & help
Reach them by phone:
Best Number (850) 245-4161 & select option
Their Mailing address:
Department of Health
Board of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology
4052 Bald Cypress Way
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3256