A Commitment to Pediatric Audiology

Obtaining a Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification® (PASC) means that an audiologist has acquired specialized knowledge in the field of pediatric audiology and has demonstrated a high level of knowledge in this specialty area.

The PASC testifies to an audiologist’s expertise in pediatric audiology and demonstrates to colleagues, other healthcare providers, patients, and employers that he or she has acquired a high level of knowledge in the field of pediatric audiology and is the best option for treating children with audio-vestibular disorders and hearing loss.

Close-up of young boy being fitted with a hearing aid (ANURAK PONGPATIMET/Shutterstock.com)

While a certification is not a guarantee of any particular skill or competency, an audiologist holding specialty certification has demonstrated the ability to pass a rigorous examination and has practiced in the field of audiology for a minimum number of years.

Specialty certification is voluntary and is not tied to any other certification. Specialty certification is offered by the ABA without requirement for membership in any professional organization and may be obtained independent of any other certification.

While the ABA updates its policies and procedures as needed on an ongoing basis, the ABA has designated a standing meeting time annually to review all policies and procedures, candidate handbooks and website content.

PASC Candidate Handbook


Why Earn Your PASC?

As a professional audiologist, you deserve to be recognized and appreciated for what you do. Like most professionals, you want to become better at it, so you look for opportunities for ongoing, meaningful professional development. By earning your Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification® (PASC), you are joining with other professionals in enhancing the status and credibility of the profession.

Specialty certification is the hallmark of certification in most professions. Specialty certification verifies professional experience to employers and provides consumers with a method of identifying audiologists with specialized knowledge in a given area, thus increasing their confidence in the audiologist’s level of expertise. An audiologist holding specialty certification has passed a rigorous exam and demonstrates knowledge and experience in the specialty field.

Audiologists holding the ABA’s Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification® can advertise that they are a primary destination for children with audiovestibular disorders and hearing loss.

Typically, achieving specialty certification requires training, study, and staying ahead of the curve in audiology. ABA specialty certification showcases your individual mastery by confirming proficiency and knowledge in the field of audiology. Specialty certification also requires recertification every three years, proving that you are maintaining current knowledge in the specialty field.

Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification® (PASC):

  • grants you more credibility as an audiologist and sets you apart from other audiologists,
  • serves as an impartial third-party endorsement of your knowledge and experience,
  • can improve career opportunities and advancement,
  • can give you the “edge” when being considered for a promotion or other career opportunities,
  • prepares you for greater on-the-job responsibilities,
  • is a clear indicator of your willingness to invest in your own professional development,
  • offers greater recognition from peers, and
  • demonstrates a commitment to professional ethics education.

Proper Use of Designation


Those audiologists who have earned the Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification® (PASC®) should represent themselves with Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification on their business card, under their signature, on letterhead, etc. or with PASC after their signature.