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BCS-S Renewal

BCS-S must be renewed every 5 years, with the first renewal 5 years after BCS-S has been granted. 

When the end of the 5-year affiliation with the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders approaches, the affiliate will receive a renewal notice from the AB-SSD Administrative Office detailing the process. 

The BCS-S renewal process requires:

  • application to be TYPED; all handwritten applications will NOT be accepted (online renewal coming soon!)
  • submission of proof of current ASHA membership
  • a curriculum vitae including documentation of clinical experience, meeting the minimum number of clinical hours required in each track in each of the five years*
  • proof of continuing education (12.5 CE units over 5 years) with some CE accrued each of the years* (a minimum of 25% should be from in person CE events)
  • evidence of continued related professional skills (education/mentorship, leadership and scholarship/research)

*In August 2012, the Board clarified the number of CEUs that should be obtained over the course of the 5 year period that the affiliate held the recognition. To mirror the 7.5 required of new applicants over three years, the Board changed the number of CEUs required of the affiliate during their five-year period. The Board also approved a phase-in plan to roll out these new requirements so that affiliates who had already completed part of their five-year affiliation would not be subject to new regulations not in effect when they received their affiliation.

Please click here to see the phase-in plan to determine your specific requirement.
*Changes effective January 1, 2014.

Note: While there is a transition plan to meet the new CEU requirement, renewal dates after January 1, 2016 must include the full 12.5 CEUs. For example: If the certification end date is in 2016 the requirement is 12.5 CEUs, even though the deadline to submit your renewal application may be in 2015. If you have any questions or are unsure about your renewal date, please email


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Click here to download a copy of the renewal application

Please make sure all sections of the application are complete and that your application is typed.  If you have difficulty with the form, please email for assistance.


The renewal fee is $150.
A current affiliate of the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders is not required to retake the BCS-S examination for renewal.

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