Speech Pathology Programs in California - CA

Steps to Becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist in California

  1. The first step in the California licensing process is for aspiring SLPs to complete one of the graduate programs leading to a master’s degree or equivalent in the area of speech-language pathology through an accredited institution.  As a part of this educational experience, the student must complete 300 hours of supervised clinical experience in at least three different clinical settings. 
  2. Once the student has completed all required coursework, along with the clinical practicum requirements, the student must submit to the state a Required Professional Experience (RPE) form, along with a $35 processing fee.  This form asks for the applicant’s personal information, information about the supervising SLP such as his/her license number, the facilities in which the experience will be performed, and whether the experience will be full-time or part-time.  After the state receives this information, it will issue the applicant a temporary license.  The applicant must complete 36 weeks of full-time supervised experience, or 72 weeks of part-time experience.
  3. The applicant must take and pass the accepted test for licensure for the state of California.  The state utilizes as its licensure exam the Praxis Series Specialty Area Test in Speech-Language Pathology.  According to the law, the minimum acceptable score is 600 and the results of the test may not be more than five years old.
  4. Once all of the above requirements have been satisfied, including the completion of the RPE, then the applicant may apply for a regular license.  This will require the submission of a completed application, along with verification of education (transcripts), verification of the 300 clinical hours, verification of completion of the RPE, and verification of a passing score on the accepted licensure examination.  In addition, the applicant is subject to a background check. 

All forms, along with current fee schedules are available from the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board.

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board

2005 Evergreen, Suite 2100
Sacramento, CA 95815
The Praxis Series
Educational Testing Service
P. O. Box 6051
Princeton, NJ 08541-6051
(609) 771-7395

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