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  Frequently Asked Questions


  1. How can I find out if my audiologist, hearing aid dispenser or speech-language pathologist is licenses and in good standing?

  2. When does the Board meet and can anyone attend the meetings?

  3. How do I file a complaint with the Board?

  4. How do I change my address with the Board?

  5. How do I change my name with the Board?

  6. What can I do if I have lost my license?

  7. Does the Board have an Inactive License Status?

  8. If my license has been expired for more than 5 years, can I reinstate it?

  9. Do I need to have an employment position to apply for a Limited License to do my CFY?

  10. Can I start my CFY if I will not officially graduate for another month or so?

  11. If I have a limited license, do I have to notify the Board if my supervisor or place of employment changes?

  12. Do I need to pass the National Exam before I can obtain a Limited License?

  13. Is there an additional fee to transfer from a Limited to a Full License?

  14. How does the Board determine the number of Continuing Education Units (CEU's) for a program?

  15. When do I need to start obtaining CEU’s and can CEU’s be carried over from one renewal to the next?

  16. What happens if I am audited for my continuing education hours by the Board?

  17. How long do I have to maintain the continuing education records in my file?

  18. What should I do if I am not sure whether a course or program would be approved by the Board?


 

  1. How can I find out if my audiologist, hearing aid dispenser or speech-language pathologist hold an active, valid license and is in good standing?

Individuals can verify the licensure status of an audiologist, hearing aid dispenser, speech-language pathologist or speech-language pathology assistant by using the Board's online verification system.  Please click on the "Online Verification" link in the Online Services section on the Board's homepage.  If an individual is not able to verify the license status using the online verification system, the individual may contact the Board Office at 410-764-4725 to check if the health care provider is licensed and in good standing.

 

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  1. When does the Board meet and can anyone attend the meetings?

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The Board meets once a month on the third Thursday of the month at 4:00 p.m. at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 4201 Patterson Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215.  The Board does not meet in August and December.

Regular Session meetings of the Board are open to the public and the Board welcomes your attendance.  Licensees may earn continuing education credit for attending Regular Sessions - please contact the Board's Executive Director to provide advance notice of your attendance for continuing education credit.

Unless otherwise specified on the Board's homepage all Board meetings are held in Room 110.  Call the Board office for directions.

 

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  1. How do I file a complaint with the Board?

Click on the Consumer tab for information on how to file a complaint with the Board and the Board’s process for handling complaints. Anyone can contact the Board Office by phone for additional information regarding the complaint resolution process.

 

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  1. How do I change my address with the Board?

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Send a written request or change of address post card with your original signature to the Board Office.

 

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  1. How do I change my name with the Board?

A licensee must send written notification to the Board along with a copy of the marriage certificate, divorce decree or other official court order document. The fee for a revised license issued in the licensee's new name is $5.00 and is payable by check or money order.

 

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  1. What can I do if I have lost my license?

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Click on the forms section of the menu (or call the Board office) for a lost license form. Complete the form, have it notarized and send it to the Board office with the $5.00 fee.

 

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  1. Does the Board have an Inactive License Status?

No, there is no inactive license status. However, a licensee may let their license lapse and reinstate it within five (5) years by submitting proof of the continuing education hours that would have needed to keep the license active, paying a renewal fee and a reinstatement fee. If an individual wishes to reinstate their license, contact the Board office at 410-764-4725 for the appropriate forms and information.

 

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  1. If my license has been expired for more than 5 years, can I reinstate it?

If a license has been expired for more than 5 years the practitioner must reapply for a new license and meet all current requirements.  Application forms are available under the "Forms" tab.  Contact the Board for additional information.

 

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  1. Do I need to have an employment position to apply for a Limited License to do my Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY)?

Yes, applicants for a limited license must have made arrangements for a CFY position in order to apply for the limited license.  The applicant and the applicant's prospective supervisor at the employment setting must complete and sign the AS2 form (Verification of Supervision for Limited License).

 

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  1. Can I start my CFY if I will not officially graduate for another month or so?

Yes, but the applicant must submit a letter from the educational program's Department Chair stating that the applicant has completed the academic coursework and all the clinical hours.  The applicant must make arrangements to have the final graduate transcript showing your Master’s Degree conferred date to be sent direcltly to the Board no later than 60 days after the limited license is issued.  The final transcript must become part of the licensee's file.  Limited licensees may not transfer to a full license without the official transcript on file.

 

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  1. If I have a limited license, do I have to notify the Board if my supervisor or place of employment changes?

Yes, limited licensees must submit a new AS2 form to the Board if either the supervisor or employer changes. A limited licensee cannot begin practicing as a speech-language pathologist limited licensee under a new supervisor or at a new employment setting until the AS2 is approved by the Board and a revised limited license has been issued.

 

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  1. Do I need to pass the National Exam before I can obtain a Limited License?

No, passing the National Exam is not a requirement to be approved for a Limited License. However, to transfer to a full license, the limited licensee must submit proof of having passed the National Exam by having the official exam scores sent to the Board Office.

 

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  1. Is there an additional fee to transfer from a Limited to a Full License?

No, there is no additional fee to transfer a Limited LIcense to a Full License provided that the Limited LIcenee has demonstrated proof of having met the minimum requirements for Full Licensure before the limited license expires. 

 

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  1. How does the Board determine the number of Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) for a program?

The Board gives one CEU for each hour of attendance (1 CEU = 1hour).  The Board counts the number of hours for the program after deleting time for breaks and lunch (unless there is a speaker during the lunch).  

The Board’s CEU’s and ASHA CEU’s are not displayed in the same manner.  ASHA denotes an hour of continuing education as 0.1 CEU.  Accordingly, ASHA denotes 1.0 CEU as 10.0 hours.

 

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  1. When do I need to start obtaining CEU’s and can CEU’s be carried over from one renewal to the next?

Speech-language pathologists must obtain the minimum number of CE hours in the two calendar years prior to the expiration of a license.  All CE hours must be earned prior to December 31 the year prior to renewal.  To renew a license that expires on May 31, 2014 a speech-language pathologist must earn at least 30 CE hours between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2013.

Audiologists must obtain the minimum number of CE hours in the preceeding license cycle.  To renew a license that expires May 31, 2014 an audiologist must earn at least 30 CE hours between June 1, 2012 and May 31, 2014.

Hearing aid dispensers must obtain the minimum number of CE hours in the preceeding license cycle.  To renew a license that expires January 31, 2015 a hearing aid dispenser must earn at least 30 CE hours between February 1, 2013 and January 31, 2015.

CE hours cannot be carried over from one renewal period to another. 

CE hours are waived for anyone who reinstates a license during the renewal period.

 

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  1. What happens if I am audited for my continuing education hours by the Board?

If selected for an audit of continuing education activities for the renewal of a license, the licensee must submit to the Board continuing education completion certificates completed in the approrpriate time period.  Continuing education documentation must be sent to the Board for the renewal application process to be completed provided all other requirements have been met.

Do not send continuing education completion certificates to the Board unless you have been notified and instructed to do so.

 

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  1. How long do I have to maintain the continuing education records in my file?

The law requires that all licensees, even those who were not audited, must maintain their continuing education records for 4 years.

 

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  1. What should I do if I am not sure whether a continuing education course or program would be approved by the Board?

Click on the Forms Section of the menu for a Continuing Education Form 4. Send the completed form, the agenda for the program and any additional information you may have to the Board Office.

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