Virginia Speech-Language Pathologist License Reciprocity Guide - 2024

AKA: Virginia Speech Therapist Reciprocity

Speech Pathologist Programs

by Speech Pathologist Programs Staff

Updated: March 19th, 2024

Virginia Speech-Language Pathologist License Reciprocity Process

The SLP license reciprocity program allows speech-language pathologists holding out-of-state licenses to obtain a license in a receiving state, provided they meet specific state requirements. Reciprocity agreements facilitate the transfer of licenses and enable states to address differences in licensing systems to fill vacant SLP positions with qualified candidates.

Although many states have implemented policies to enhance reciprocity for particular SLPs, only a few offer full reciprocity for all fully licensed SLPs. Virginia is one of those states that allows individuals with licenses in other states or provinces to obtain licensure in Virginia.

To obtain a license in Virginia, Speech-Language Pathologists licensed in another state within the United States are required to submit the following documentation as proof of meeting the requirements:

  • A maximum of 30 continuing education hours in the other jurisdiction may be accepted for each licensing year. Another option would be to accept a recognized accreditation from ASHA in the relevant area, such as a Certificate of Clinical Competence that is valid and unrestricted or certification from the American Board of Audiology or any other acknowledged accrediting organization.
  • To fulfill the requirement, one must pass the qualifying exam from an accredited organization authorized by the board.
  • Proof of current and unencumbered licensure in another United States jurisdiction with no pending or unresolved disciplinary actions.
  • The applicant must provide evidence of actively practicing in another state for at least one year within the last three years. Alternatively, they can provide proof of practicing for six months with a provisional license, accompanied by a recommendation for licensure SLP from their supervisor.

The Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact (ASLP-IC)

Virginia is also a member of the ASLP-IC, which aim to allow the practice of speech-language pathology across state borders while ensuring public safety. This cooperative agreement is established by participating states.

The compact grants “compact privilege” to licensed speech-language pathologists from one state, allowing them to practice speech-language pathology in compliance with the laws and regulations of a different state. The practice occurs in the state where the patient, client, or student is present during the interaction. The licensee’s home state of license is their primary state of residence.