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Effective July 1, 2013, a person cannot practice speech-language pathology or represent or hold himself or herself out as being able to practice speech-language pathology in Colorado without possessing a valid certification issued by the Director of the Division of Professions and Occupations (“Director”). Please see Section 12-43.7-108, C.R.S., and Rule 16 for exclusions. FAQ's are available here.
The Colorado Office of Speech-Language Pathology Certification regulates individual certificate holders in the state of Colorado. Office activities include certification, investigating complaints, and enforcing disciplinary actions against those who violate the Speech-Language Pathology Practice Act and Director's rules and regulations. The mission of the Office is consumer protection through licensing and enforcement. The Office regulates persons who are representing or holding themselves out as speech-language pathologists or who are performing services that constitute speech-language pathology. School speech-language pathologists who are paid solely by a school district, board of cooperative services, or state charter school providing services to exceptional children are excluded from regulation by this Office.
It’s time to renew your certification! This is the first renewal for Speech-Language Pathologists since certification began in June 2013. Over 50% more people applied for SLP certification than originally estimated when the legislation was passed. DORA collects only enough fees to cover the cost of regulation. Due to the increased number of applications, the fees collected surpassed the projected income for the program. This translates into a significantly reduced renewal fee of only $6.00. The fee reduction is temporary, for one year only.
DORA evaluates fees each renewal cycle. The fee reduction for SLPs renewing in 2014 will be re-evaluated next year and may be adjusted to generate sufficient revenue to cover costs. DORA continually strives to keep fees low.
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