Why Become Board Certified?
- ABA certification demonstrates a commitment to excellence through lifelong learning. As ABA certification requires each audiologist to commit to rigorous continuing education that meets or exceeds licensure requirements in each of the states, you demonstrate your commitment to lifelong learning and professional excellence to your patients and colleagues. The ABA certification program also requires that each audiologist pass objective assessments with respect to continuing education thus promoting educational engagement and content retention.
- ABA certification demonstrates a commitment to ongoing professional ethics education. The ABA recertification program requires that audiologists successfully complete 3 hours of continuing education directly pertaining to professional ethics during each certification period.
- ABA certification promotes professional autonomy. Board Certification in Audiology is a distinct professional credential administered exclusively by audiologists for audiologists. This voluntary certification program is available to audiologists regardless of membership in any professional organizations.
- ABA certification provides credential verification to third parties. A rigorous credential review is conducted before certification is awarded. The ABA provides credential verification to employers, managed care organizations, regulatory agencies and third party payers.
- ABA certification enhances the professionís image. The program seeks to grow, promote and further develop certified audiologists who have demonstrated their commitment to the profession by taking this voluntary, extra step. The ABA provides information regarding Board Certified Audiologists through press releases as well as letters to employers about newly certified audiologists.
- ABA certification assists consumers in recognizing those individuals who have completed standardized training and who continue their personal and professional development. The ABA website includes a search feature, helping consumers to identify those who hold ABA certification or specialty certification. Special ABA marketing brochures geared towards consumers are available from the ABA as well.
- ABA certification can improve career opportunities, advancement and provide a measure of portability through expedited licensure. Some employers require certification for employment or professional pay purposes and ABA certification is currently recognized in ten states for expedited licensure purposes.
- ABA specialty certification provides recognition by employers and consumers of a specialized knowledge area. Specialty certification verifies professional experience to employers and provides consumers with a method of identifying audiologists with specialized knowledge in a given area, thus increasing their confidence in the audiologistís level of expertise.
Effective for all applications filed January 1, 2007 or later, all applicants must have earned a doctoral degree in audiology from a regionally accredited college or university.
If you are a Board Certified Audiologist, and would like a press release, a letter to your employer, or print or electronic camera ready art of the ABA logo for your business cards or other materials, please write to us.
If you are a Board Certified Audiologist, the ABA has marketing brochures available.
These marketing brochures describe ABA certification to patients and referral sources in clear language and provide space for you to personalize with your business information. Packets of 25 are available for $12 per packet. Simply download the order form and e-mail to the ABA offices or fax to the ABA at 703.790.8631.