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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How does ABESPA track our Continuing Education hours?

ABESPA does not track everyone's continuing education hours. It is your responsibility to maintain documentation of the CE hours that you have obtained. Each year 25% of all licensees are randomly selected for audit. These selected licensees are required to provide documentation of the required number of CE hours in the subject areas of their licenses.

What kind of CE documentation is required?

Your documentation must include information about the topic and content of the training received (the program agenda), the number of hours of the training (this also can be documented with the program agenda), and proof of your attendance (a certificate of attendance). Sending a copy of your canceled check for the registration fees is not considered proof of attendance. If you do not have a certificate of attendance, ABESPA will accept a letter from the program presenter verifying your attendance or a copy of the program's sign-in roster.

When are ABESPA Board Meetings held?

ABESPA Board Meetings are held once monthly. (Click here for Board meeting dates.)

How often are changes made in the Rules and Regulations of ABESPA?

The rules and regulations are reviewed by the Board monthly. Regular business of the Board usually requires referral to the Rules and Regulations or the actual law. Changes in these are proposed and if agreed on by the Board, go to a Public Hearing prior to acceptance.

When do changes in Rules and Regulations go into effect?

If the proposed changes are approved AFTER a Public Hearing is held, the changed Rules and Regulations apply the following year beginning on January 1 or as determined by the Board.

Do ABESPA Board members receive pay for their work?

No, reimbursement for travel and meals is provided.

Who can file a complaint against a licensee?

Any consumer or professional can file a complaint against a licensee. The complaint must be written and signed by the complainant then sent to the Executive Secretary of the Board. The Executive Secretary forwards the complaint to the Chair of the Credential Review Committee. Get the ABESPA Consumer Guide by clicking here.

What is the Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact (ASLP-IC)?

The Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact (ASLP-IC) facilitates the interstate practice of audiology and speech-language pathology while maintaining public protection. For more information, please see:

What is the purpose of ABESPA?

To protect Alabama's residents who obtain services or products from Speech-Language Pathologists or Audiologists. By requiring continuing education, ABESPA only licenses and renews licenses of prepared professionals who understand and provide the most appropriate service and/or product as needed by each individual seeking assistance with speech/language and hearing problems.

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