Certification Maintenace Hours: An alternative to Continuing Education Units

Updated: Jul 10

Did you know that the American Speech & Hearing Association (ASHA) allows you to track education and training opportunities outside of CEU's toward your Certificate of Clinical Competency? ASHA approves CMH or Certification Maintenance Hours if they occur in your certification maintenance interval and if you can verify that it serves as professional development.

A course can be viewed as professional development if it enhances your knowledge and skills to complete your job as a speech pathologist in your setting.

What are Certification Maintenance Hours (CMHs), and how are they calculated?

A CMH is 60 minutes spent in professional development as a learner and participant.

CMHs are non-ASHA CEU activities to maintain your CCC.

CMHs are calculated as follows:

3.0 continuing education units (CEUs) = 30 CMHs

1.0 CEU = 10 CMHs

0.1 CEU = 1 CMH

1 quarter hour of academic course work = 10 CMHs

1 semester hour of academic course work = 15 CMHs

How ASHA the Certification Standards Define Professional "Development

The certificate holder is the learner.

Content is related to the science or contemporary practice of speech-language pathology, audiology, and/or the speech/language/hearing sciences.

The result is the acquisition or enhancement of knowledge and skills necessary for independent practice in any practice setting and area of practice.

Based on ASHA's Code of Ethics, the certificate holder determines that the activity is appropriate, relevant, and meaningful to any practice setting and area of practice.

A third party must document attendance, i.e., employer or sponsoring organization.

Other ways you can earn Certification Maintenance Hours outside of CEU's:

Employer-sponsored in-service activities such as Grand Rounds, special education workshops (i.e., Americans with Disabilities Act requirements), formal training sessions sponsored by manufacturers on equipment used in the evaluation or treatment of your clients, and professional activities (i.e., professional ethics, diversity issues, reimbursement issues);

business and management content that will help you manage your private practice more effectively

teacher-oriented content that is not related to the professions but enhances your ability to serve your clients better

college or university course work at any level-undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral-offered by regionally accredited programs (can be via distance learning) in any area that meets the definition of professional development (i.e., foreign languages needed to communicate with the population you work with, early childhood development, autism, literacy, neurological disorders, genetics, ethics).

For more information on CMHs/CEU's refer to the ASHA website.

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