DEAR future SLP’s: If you are interested in getting your Speech-Language Pathology License in the state of California, here are the steps you need to take to meet the requirements.
Each state might have different requirements for getting your Speech Language Pathology (SLP) License. A license in one state does not guarantee permission to practice as an SLP in another state.
Here are the steps you need to take in order to become an SLP in California:
Note: numbers 1-4 are required for RPE temporary License
Note: The following must be submitted within 30 days of issuance of the RPE license
6. Photocopy of your degree
Note: The following can be submitted anytime during the RPE.
7. Take the exam – remember the passing score is 162
Note: the following must be submitted at the end of each supervised experience.
8. RPE verification form
Note: Following must be completed after eligibility
9. Permanent license application – NOTE: this will be sent to you by the board once you verify the supervised experience
You have to mail the application along with your photo, the live scan, application fee, and the live scan fee. You will get an email within weeks from the board informing you that they have received your application. You will then receive the tracking number and a timeframe of the process time. Once everything is processed, you will receive your license in the mail.
It is important to know all the requirements and details when mailing your application. If you are missing documents, the process of receiving your application may be delayed.
Once you submit your application and get the email confirmation that the board has received your application, it will roughly take about 8-9 weeks for the board to review your application. (Note: the process times are taking longer now because of the volume of applications being received by the board)
Once your application is reviewed, if you have all the required documents, you will get your license within 1-2 weeks.
If there are additional documents required from the board, it will take up to 4 extra weeks for you to receive the license.
If you submit your RPE verification form, you will get your permanent SLP license within 5-6 weeks.
Initial license fee $60
Renewal fee $110
Delinquent fee $25
Temporary license fee $30
License verification fee $10
If you want to learn about how to become a speech language pathologist assistant (SLPA), please visit: How to become a Licensed SLPA in California – Speech Improvement Center
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