Iowa Speech-Language Pathologist License Renewal Guide - 2024

AKA: Iowa Speech Therapy License Renewal

Speech Pathologist Programs

by Speech Pathologist Programs Staff

Updated: March 19th, 2024

Speech-Language Pathologist License Renewal Procedure

Renewals for SLP licenses take place every two years and are completed through the online portal. The biennial renewal period starts on January 1 of an even-numbered year and ends on December 31st of the upcoming odd-numbered year. If you were granted initial licensure within six months of the renewal date, you don’t have to renew the license until the next renewal period in two years. The renewal fee is $96, with a late fee of $60 if you don’t renew the license before its expiration date.

Sixty days before the license expires, you will receive renewal notifications via email. You’ll continue to receive them at 50, 40, and 30 days before it’s time to renew. If you only have 20 days left in the renewal cycle, a postcard is sent to your physical address as a reminder, so make sure you keep your personal information updated.

As with other licensed professions, continuing education (CE) standards have to be met before your license is renewed. Iowa requires at least 30 hours of CE, except if it is your first renewal period. All subsequent renewal periods will require 30 hours to be completed. The Board approved programs or activities for CE include in-person conferences, teleconferences, video conferences, journal readings, and online programs.

Hours cannot be carried over to the next renewal period unless otherwise stated. Applicants are also responsible for financing their CE courses.

One way to obtain credit hours is to prepare and present material in a professional CE program. You can earn up to 16 hours each renewal period and maintain the course schedule or brochure for auditing purposes. You can spend a combined total of six hours on government regulations, CPR, and child and dependent adult abuse. Two hours is the maximum time spent on business-related topics.

As the licensee, you are responsible for ensuring the CE programs you take meet the Board’s requirements, as there is no pre-approval for CE programs, providers, or sponsors. Keep this in mind, as the Board randomly audits licensees after each renewal period. You need to familiarize yourself with the rules and definitions of what the state considers CE for Speech Pathologists.