Licensure, Certification, and CEUs
Licensure & Certification
Licensure and certification can be very confusing, particularly when you’ve just graduated and are navigating a career search, obtaining your license, and deciding whether or not to pursue certification all at the same time!
The distinction between licensure and certification is subtle, but important. According to the American Board of Audiology, certification is “generally voluntary and is not required to practice a profession. Rather, it is a self-governing standard that serves to inform consumers, peers, and other health care professionals of the scope of practice and training of the certificate holder.” In other words, certification should not be required to practice, though it is worth noting that some employers and/or states do require certification. Several audiology organizations offer different forms of certification.
In contrast, licensure “represents a government process by which a state or federal agency grants an individual permission to practice a profession and constitutes the legal right to practice that profession within the state.” In other words, licensure is granted to you by your state and not an organization like the American Academy of Audiology. Below are some very useful links to information about licensure; the last link (State Issues Governing Audiology) will help you to find licensure information unique to your state.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs), related to both licensure and certification, can also be confusing for a first-timer. In general, CEUs are an avenue through which audiologist keep up with current research, technology and best practice models. Most licensing bodies require CEUs, and some certifying bodies require CEUs. The number of CEUs you must obtain and the interval over which you must obtain them depends on the individual requirements of each organization. More information about CEUs, including how to report them, can be found below.