Renewal Information

Renewal notices are mailed annually on April 15. All licenses shall be renewed annually by June 30, to avoid delinquent renewal fees. Initial licenses issued during the last quarter of the fiscal year (April, May, and June), will not be required to renew during that fiscal year.

Online Renewals

Online renewals are strongly encouraged for all unrestricted Audiologists, Speech-Language Pathologists, and dual licensees. An additional $3.00 processing fee is added to delinquent (after June 30) online renewals.  Identification cards will be received within one week.

 

Mailed Renewals

Renewals that are mailed to the Board office will be processed within six weeks. If you wish to confirm that we have received your renewal documentation, we recommend sending it via certified mail.

 

Continuing Education

Licensees shall participate in continuing professional education activities of at least ten clock hours (5 shall be in the are of licensure and 5 may be in areas related to the profession) for each license period, July 1 through June 30. Audiologists with Hearing Aid Dispensing licenses are required to obtain at least three of the ten hours in hearing aid dispensing.

Dual licensees shall complete fifteen (15) hours per year with a minimum of five (5) hours in speech-language pathology and five (5) hours in audiology; the remaining five may be related.

 

Audits

A small percentage of our licensees will be audited each year. Audits are randomly selected and will be notified by certified mail. Licensees who are audited are required to show proof of their continuing education hours obtained from July 1 through June 30 for that fiscal year.

 

Inactive Status

Inactive status is available to anyone who has not worked in the field of Speech-Language Pathology and/or Audiology for the fiscal year (July 1 through June 30). For example, if you have worked one hour, you are not eligible to claim Inactive Status. Inactive Status is an option where you can keep your license current, but you are simply retiring your continuing education for the year.

If you wish to claim inactive status for the year, you must complete a Renewal Application, submit the renewal fee, and complete the Inactive Status Affidavit on the back of the Continuing Education Report Form.

In order to resume the practice of audiology and/or speech-language pathology, licensees on inactive status shall demonstrate completion of five clock hours of continuing education in the area of licensure for each year that inactive status was maintained (maximum of 25 hour).  In addition, a letter requesting a change to active status must be submitted to the board office prior to resuming the practice of audiology or speech-language pathology.

The inactive licensee may submit the required five hours of continuing education each year he/she is inactive or submit all of the hours the year he/she returns to work in the profession.

 

Delinquent Renewals

Delinquent renewals will be accepted by the board through October 31, provided the delinquent renewal fee is paid in accordance with Rule 119.C and D, as well as the continuing education and supervision documentation, if applicable.

A licensee whose license lapsed on November 1, and applies to reinstate prior to the following June 30, is required to submit a completed application, proof of continuing education, initial license fee and delinquent renewal fee in accordance with § 119.A and § 123.

Licensees who allow their license to lapse shall submit documentation of completion of five clock hours of continuing education in the area of licensure for each year that the license has lapsed (maximum of 25 hours) in addition to meeting the license requirements enumerated in R.S. 37:2650, et seq.