Office of Speech-Language Pathology Certification: News

SB17-108 Sunset Speech-Language Pathology Practice Act

On April 6, 2017, Governor John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 17-108 Sunset Speech-Language Pathology Practice Act. This new law goes into effect August 9, 2017, and continues the regulation of speech-language pathologists (SLP) by the Director the Division of Professions and Occupations in the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) to September 1, 2022. It provides the following changes to the Speech-Language Pathology Practice Act:

  • Removes the requirement that an applicant for certification or provisional certification as a speech-language pathologist pass a national exam adopted by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and now requires the Division Director to adopt appropriate examination and clinical fellowships.
  • Allows a person to practice speech-language pathology under a special services license issued by the Department of Education. Previously, if a speech-language pathologist held a license with the Colorado Department of Education and worked outside of an educational setting, the SLP also had to be certified by DORA or could be subject to discipline by DORA. The new law removes the requirement to be dually licensed.

The Division is implementing the bill and assessing if rulemaking is necessary to clarify any of the changes. Please continue to check this website for the latest information.