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Applicant

Q:

The Board has certified eligibility for certification/licensure. When can I initiate practice?

A:

When you receive the letter with your license/certification number authorizing practice.

Q:

I am graduating soon. When should I apply for my provisional license?

A:

At least thirty (30) days prior to graduation you should submit your application. Have your university send an official transcript reflecting the master’s degree to the Board office. If the transcript does not reflect the master’s degree, the SPA-2D Certification of Conferral of Master’s degree (pdf - 97kb) must accompany the transcript.

Q:

After I have completed my nine (9) months of professional experience, do I wait until I receive my CCC’s from ASHA before I apply for my active license?

A:

NO! You need to immediately submit a completed application for active licensure, along with the SPA-2B and SPA-2C evaluation forms verifying completion of nine (9) months of CFY. If you have not previously requested that an official report of your national examination scores be sent to the Board office, you must request such from ETS.

Q:

What happens if my application for an active license has not been approved prior to the expiration date of my provisional license?

A:

You must immediately cease to provide speech-language pathology or audiology services and contact the Board office for further instructions.

Licensee

Q:

If I change my mailing address or employment site, should I inform the Board office?

A:

Yes. Each licensee is responsible for notifying the Board in writing of the licensee’s current mailing address and place of practice.

Q:

Do I submit verification of attendance/completion of continuing education activities to the Board office?

A:

No. Do not send CE information to the Board office. The licensee is required to retain documentation showing completion of CE for two years following the biennium for which they are applied. Audits will be conducted at random to insure compliance with continuing education requirements.

Q:

Am I required to report certified assistants/licensees to the department if I have personal knowledge that they are in violation of the practice?

A:

Yes. Review our enforcement webpages for more information.

Q:

If I have a Florida teaching certificate, can I provide private instruction as a speech-language pathologist?

A:

No. You must have a license issued by the Department of Health, Board of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology.

General

Q:

How can I become a Board member?

A:

Board members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. For more information about Gubernatorial Appointments, please visit the Governors website at: http://www.flgov.com/appointments

Q:

Who can attend Board meetings?

A:

All Board meetings are open to the public and you are encouraged to attend.

Q:

How can I get a Board agenda?

A:

You may request to be placed on the Board’s Interested Parties list. The Board routinely sends out Agenda Outlines to interested parties 7-10 days prior to an upcoming Board meeting. Copies of the full "public" agenda are also available, but are subject to a duplication fee.

Q:

How can I file a complaint against a licensee?

A:

You may print the Complaint Form from our website or call (850) 488-0595 or (850) 414-1976 to request one by mail.

To file a complaint on a non-medical related business or profession, please visit the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Q:

How can I check if someone is licensed?

A:

You may use our  License Look-Up Search Screen. The best results often occur when the system receives the least amount of information. If licensee is one of our profiled professions, there will be a link at the upper right portion of the screen that says Link to Practitioner Profile. This will take you to practitioner reported information about their education, specialty certification, etc.

Q:

How can I get a list of licensee information?

A:

To obtain an electronic listing of active and inactive licensee’s mailing addresses and license status for DOH/MQA regulated professions use our Licensee Data Information service. Please note: The department does not maintain email addresses, fax or telephone numbers in the normal course of business.

Q:

What is unlicensed activity?

A:

Providing speech-language pathology or audiology services in Florida without an active, provisional license or assistant certification. Some exemptions do apply - see 468.1115 F.S.