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Wanting to become licensed to work as a Speech-Language Pathologist in California? Are you wondering how to apply for the California SLP license?
I totally understand this! I am hear to break down the steps on how to get a California SLP license!
Actually, I long feared getting my California SLP license. Because I heard the process was very difficult and time-consuming.
Despite the beautiful vistas, endless job opportunities, and lucrative bill rates of California, I spent many years as a traveling SLP without so much as even looking at the actual requirements for myself.
However, I was pleasantly surprised when I visited the SLP and AuD board website. The CA SLP Qualifications were actually easier to complete than other states and that the application process was clearly described online.
Related: If you do not already hold an SLP license in another state, please read this piece: How To Become an SLP
Check out this website for the full California state requirements:
Application fee: $60
5 requirements for a California SLP license as follows:
- A Master’s or equivalent degree in Speech Pathology
- Have completed 300 hours of supervised clinical practicum in 3 different settings
- Have completed a 36-week full time or 72-week part-time required professional experience
- Pass the PRAXIS
- Submit to Fingerprinting
Now here is the great news: California offers 5 pathways to licensure! If you are currently licensed by ASHA or another state, you have already completed requirements 1-4.
5 pathways to a California SLP license:
- Required professional experience (i.e. CFs)
- Equivalent qualifications (for current CCC-holding ASHA members)
- Licensed in another state (must possess an active state license in another state)
- Previously licensed in California
- Foreign educated
Personally, I completed Pathway 2 based upon verification of my CCC status from ASHA.
I first requested that ASHA send a verification letter of my Certificate of Clinical Competence to the board. This is a free service for current ASHA members.
Next, I completed a basic written application, which was easily accessible online.
I had to attach a passport-sized photo of myself to the application. I got my photo taken at Walgreen’s.
The most challenging part of the application process was the fingerprinting requirement.
In California, you can get fingerprinted at a Livescan center.
Livescan is a fingerprinting service that has locations across California. To use Livescan, you print out a semi-completed form from the online application, which you then fill out with your personal information. You take that form with you to the Livescan operator, pay the operator and then send a copy of the form to the boards with your application.
If you are out of state, you cannot complete the Livescan printing. Instead, you can get your fingerprints at any place that does printing (e.g. police stations) using 2 FD-258 cards.
You also need to add an extra $49 to the processing fee of your application to have the prints read.
I purchased two blank cards from the police station where I did my prints for a cost of $20.
The cards were blank and therefore, I had to provide a lot of identifying information.
In order to fill out the cards with the correct information for the California board (i.e. address and agency identifying number), I copied the information that was listed on the Livescan card from the website. I completed 2 cards and mailed them in with my application.
Of note: After sending in my application I received an email from the California board saying that they can send the FD-258 cards to out of state applicants to take to the police station with you to have the prints completed.
Mailing The Application
After completing the fingerprinting and application, you need to mail in the application packet.
The packet consists of the written application with a picture, fingerprints, and check for application fee plus fingerprinting fee.
About a week after I sent the application, I received an email from the California board informing me that they had received my application.
They gave me an application tracking number and a timeframe within which they would process my application. Around 6 weeks later I got my license in the mail!
Overall, getting my license in California was pretty easy!
My only regret is that I did not get the license sooner!
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