Notice of Regulatory Change Regarding Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Supervision Requirements

Protection of the public is the highest priority for the Board when exercising its licensing, regulatory, and disciplinary functions. To protect the public, the Board set standards and requirements for the adequate supervision of a speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA) pursuant to Business and Professions Code section 2538.1.

This regulatory change will additionally require any speech-language pathology (SLP) who wish to supervise a SLPA to:

  • Have two (2) years of full-time experience or 3,120 hours providing services as a licensed or credentialed SLP before supervising a SLPA,
  • Provide direct supervision that consists of on-site observation and guidance for twenty (20) percent of all duties for the first ninety (90) days of initial licensure,
  • Complete continuing professional development in supervision prior to assuming responsibility as a supervisor,
  • Complete continuing professional development in supervision every four years after the initial training,
  • Review with the SLPA the laws and regulations pertaining to supervision and practice of SLPA.
  • Provide the SLPA with a plan for how to handle emergencies,
  • Assume responsibility for all services provided to clients by the SLPA that is being supervised,
  • Provide a copy of the completed supervision form to the SLPA within forty-five (45) business days from the commencement date of supervision, and
  • Provide a copy of the completed notice of termination to the SLAP within forty-five (45) business days of termination of supervision.

This regulatory change will permit SLPA supervisors to:

  • Provide direct supervision through synchronous audiovisual, and
  • Supervise three (3) support personnel not to exceed six (6) at any time.

For additional information, the regulatory documents can be found below.

SLPA Supervision Requirements

Effective Date of Regulation: July 1, 2024

This approved regulation amends sections 1399.170, 1399.170.2, 1399.170.15, 1399.170.16, 1399.170.17, and 1399.170.18 of Division 13.4, of Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations.