Board of Audiologists, Hearing Aid Dispensers & Speech-Language Pathologists

Continuing Education

Policy for Preparation of a Presentation
Policy for Approval of CE Programs for Audiologists & Speech-Language Pathologists
General Requirements for Hearing Aid Dispensers
Practice Requirements for Hearing Aid Dispensers
Prorated CE Requirements for Initial Licenses Issued December 2014 through November 2015
Prorated CE Requirements for Initial Licenses Issued December 2015 through November 2016
CEU Guidance for 2016 Renewal for AUD and SLP
CEU Guidance for 2017 Renewal for AUD and SLP ​


Procedures for Obtaining Continuing Education Credit

Sponsors of a Continuing Education Program

Associations or organizations conducting a continuing education program for its members or staff may apply for prior approval of the program. If the program is approved by the Board all licensees who attend do not need to request individual approval. An officer of the organization should complete the form titled “Application for Prior Approval of Continuing Education Program/Activity.” The licensee must submit to the Board not less than 30 days from the beginning date of the program the original form, a copy of the form, and a self-addressed, stamped envelope. The organization should keep a copy of the request form for the organization’s files for future reference. The Board will return the copy of the request noting approval or denial of the request. If the organization has not received notice from the Board within three weeks of submission the organization may contact the Board. The Board does not have the authority to retroactively approve continuing education activities and programs.

Use the "Application for Prior Approval of Continuing Education Program/Activity" on the FORMS page

Licensees Requesting Prior Approval

Programs sponsored by ASHA, AAA, IHS, MSHA, MAA or the Hearing Society of MD, DC, and DE are automatically approved by the Board. Programs approved by these organizations for continuing education are approved by the Board in most instances.

Licensees are strongly encouraged to request prior approval of a program if in doubt concerning the status of a continuing education program. Licensees must obtain prior approval for continuing education activities and programs if not already approved by the Board. This will allow the Board time to review the licensee’s request and notify the licensee of the results. Licensees that attend programs that are not approved will not receive continuing education credit for those programs. Licensees that attend programs that are approved for a lower number of CEUs than advertised by the provider will only receive credit for the nu mber of CEUs approved for. Prior approval by the Board eliminates confusion regarding the acceptance of a continuing education activity or program. The Board does not have the authority to retroactively approve continuing education activities and programs.

A. Individual Participation

A licensee that plans to attend a continuing education program for which the sponsor has not requested prior approval, the licensee must complete the “Application for Prior Approval of a Continuing Education Program for Individual Participation” form. A licensee that is not sure whether the sponsor has requested prior approval may contact the Board office for this information.

A licensee must complete the “Application for Prior Approval of a Continuing Education Program for Individual Participation” form. The licensee must submit to the Board not less than 30 days from the beginning date of the program the original form, one copy of the form, and a self-addressed stamped envelope. The licensee should make a copy of the request for future reference. The Board will return the copy of the request noting approval or denial of the request. The licensee should keep a copy of the request for their files for future reference. If the licensee has not received approval within three weeks, the licensee may call the Board office. If the licensee requests individual approval the licensee is responsible for obtaining a certificate documenting their attendance at the program.

Use the "Application for Prior Approval of a Continuing Education Program for Individual Participation." on the FORMS page

B. Individual Projects

A licensee may request approval of continuing education resulting from an individual project. The Board must approve the individual project prior to the start of the individual project. A licensee must complete “Application for Prior Approval of a Continuing Education for Individual Projects” form. The licensee should make a copy of the request for future reference. The licensee must submit to the Board the original form, a copy of the form, and a self-addressed stamped envelope not less than 30 days from the beginning date of the program. The Board will return the copy of the request noting approval or denial of the request. A licensee that has not received approval within three weeks may call the Board office.

Use the "Application for Prior Approval of a Continuing Education for Individual Projects." on the FORMS page

Pro Bono Work

Continuing education credit may be earned for pro bono work at the rate of one CEU for every eight hours of Board-approved CEU activity. Not more than three CEU credits may be approved by the Board for each licensee in any single two-year period.

The licensee must provide to the Board a written description of the proposed work not less than 60 days before beginning pro bono work. The description shall include the place where the pro bono work will take place, the type of work to be performed, the number of hours of actual work to be performed for which the licensee desires CEU credit, a description of how the work will enhance the licensee's ongoing education, and a statement guaranteeing that the licensee will not receive any financial gain from the pro bono work provided.

After the pro bono work is completed the licensee shall submit a written statement to the Board from the facility verifying the number of pro bono work hours completed.

CEU credit may not be granted for pro bono work that did not receive prior approval from the Board.



CE Credit for Attending Open Sessions of Board Meetings

Effective with the Board's January 17, 2013 meeting full licensees in audiology, hearing aid dispensing and speech-language pathology may earn CE credit for attendance at open sessions of Board meetings. Attendees will be required to sign-in on a special attendance sheet to ensure CE credit is awarded. Board staff will verify individuals seeking CE credit for attendance. As a courtesy, it is requested that licensees planning on attending a Board meeting send an e-mail the Board's Executive Director at christopher.kelter@maryland.gov so that all necessary arrangements can be made. Anyone with questions may call the Board's Executive Director at 410-764-4723.