The American Board of Audiology (ABA) requires that each audiologist who is Board Certified in Audiology be recertified every three years. The recertification requirements are designed so that Board Certified Audiologists continue to expand their knowledge in the field of audiology.
Summary of Recertification Requirements
At the conclusion of each three-year certification cycle, certificants must meet the recertification requirements which include:
- Completion of 60 contact hours of continuing education (a minimum of 15 hours of Tier I continuing education and the balance of contact hours of Tier II (standard) continuing education, including 3 contact hours of ethics, at either the Tier I or Tier II levels.
- If the certificant holds the Specialty Certification in Cochlear Implants, 30 of the total hours must pertain to cochlear implants and may be either Tier I or Tier II.
- Adherence to the ABA Code of Ethics and state licensure/registration regulations for the practice of audiology, where applicable
- Payment of annual fees.
Hours earned in excess of the hours required in each three-year certification period may not be carried over for credit to the next recertification period.
Approved Content Areas for ABA Recertification
Continuing Education activities must be those directed toward professionals in the field of audiology and must focus on increasing knowledge and skills in the practice of audiology in one or more of the following approved content areas:
- Audiologic Rehabilitation
- Hearing Conservation
- Hearing Science
- Practice Management
- Professional Issues
- Technology Issues
- Vestibular Assessment & Management
For further information on the ABA ethics requirement, and what types of continuing education will meet this requirement, see the Ethics page.
Approved Providers for Continuing Education
The ABA considers the following organizations to be approved providers: American Academy of Audiology, American Speech-Language Hearing Association and the American Medical Association. Activities sponsored by and/or approved by ABA approved providers must meet ABA recertification requirements.
How and Where Can I Earn Tier 1 Continuing Education Required for ABA Recertification
Visit the Tier 1 page.
Detailed Recertification Information
Detailed information regarding ABA recertification requirements, policies and procedures, may be found here. Please review this detailed information regarding the ABA’s recertification requirements policies and procedures.
A Special Review Form is available for ABA consideration of activities from non-approved providers or activities that do not appear on a transcript from an ABA approved provider, courses taken on an audit basis and publications. You may submit information regarding such activities on the Special Review Form prior to taking them in order to ascertain whether the activity will count towards ABA recertification.
Use the Continuing Education Tracking Form to keep track of your Continuing Education hours.
Have Further Recertification Questions?
If you have reviewed the Detailed Recertification Information, and still have questions, contact the ABA.