Standards for BCS-F
Standards for Board Certification in Fluency and Fluency Disorders may be found at Standards for Board Certification in Fluency. These standards apply as of January 1, 2014, for any new applicant.
On January 1, 2014, the Specialty Recognition Program for Fluency and Fluency Disorders transitioned to a Specialty Certification Program. Speech-language pathologists recognized as fluency specialists (BRS-FD) as of January 1, 2014, were grandfathered into the new certification program.
Maintenance & Renewal for BCS-F Requirements
How Many CEUs?
Documentation of 6 ASHA CEUUs (or 60 hours) of training in stuttering or cluttering. These hours must be at the intermediate or advanced level. These CEUs may begin to accrue after the CCC is obtained and within the 3 years preceding application. Guidelines for obtaining CEUs include:
a) Continuing education must come from a variety of sources (e.g., in-person attendance at conferences/workshops, journals, DVDs/online CEUs, live online conferences) with no more than 3 CEUs (30 hours) derived from published DVDs, prerecorded online presentations, and/or journals. Please note, live and interactive webinars and virtual seminars are considered "live hours."
b) Continuing education must include a variety of topics, with a minimum of 48 hours specifically related to stuttering and cluttering. There may be 12 hours from other topics related to diagnosing and treating stuttering and cluttering (e.g., speech, language, motor learning, cognitive and behavioral therapy, sensory processing, executive functioning, autism, counseling, other related disorders).
How many clinical hours?
Minimum of 500 clock hours of clinical activity over a 5-year period.
How many of an applicant's hours can be supervision?
250 of the 500 direct contact hours may be supervision of student clinicians or certified clinicians who are working under your guidance.
What types of activities count as supervisory hours?
Providing demonstration therapy for the client to assist the student/clinician in skill development.
Co-treating with the student or clinician.Counseling provided directly to the client and/or their family members or other relevant individuals. This may include obtaining information from these individuals, providing information to them or engaging in problem solving or other counseling activities.
How many hours may be indirect clinical hours?
A maximum of 100 hours of indirect clinical contact or 20 hours per year may be utilized as part of the 5-year renewal process including program development, presentation, publications and teaching.
What types of activities count as indirect hours?
Teaching academic coursework in the area of fluency and fluency disorders.
Conducting scholarly activities related to fluency disorders which may involve presenting and publishing. A presented course must have received ASHA CEUs or state CEUs. Any papers published should be submitted to the ABFFD/Revised 01-2021 Board. Keep this in mind when submitting your final application.
Developing programs related to fluency disorders
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Information regarding required mentoring candidates can be downloaded here. (PDF)
If you are a BCS-F, these resources may assist you!