Professional Self Regulation (PSR)
Speech Pathology Australia has a commitment to protect the public through robust self regulation processes and quality standards of professional practice.
Professional self regulation is a regulatory framework which stipulates requirements for certification.
To be eligible for Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP) status, speech pathologists must meet specified recency of practice and continuing professional development requirements. Speech pathologists have a responsibility to maintain recency of practice and to undertake continuing professional development to ensure their professional skills and knowledge remain current, relevant, and evidence based. The PSR framework is in place to protect the public by ensuring that Certified Practising speech pathologists provide safe, effective, and evidence-based services.
What are the entitlements of Certified Practising Speech Pathologists?
Certified Practising and full time post graduate members are eligible to use the title Certified Practising Speech Pathologist and the post-nominal CPSP prefixed by their member postnominal e.g. ‘MSPA-CPSP, ‘FSPA-CPSP’ or ‘MSPA(Life)-CPSP’.
Only Certified Practising Speech Pathologists (Full and Provisional) are issued with membership certificates.
CPSP status allows speech pathologists to provide services to individuals funded by the following schemes:
- Private health insurance, and
- The Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP).
*Speech pathologists who are registered providers or employees of registered providers must have CPSP status.
What are the PSR requirements?
To be eligible for Certified Practising Speech Pathologist status, speech pathologists must meet both:
- Recency of practice; and
- Continuing professional development requirements.
Recency of practice (ROP) requirements
Recency of practice requirements vary depending on years since graduation, Provisional or Full CPSP status and years since completing the Re-entry program.
|At the time you renewed your SPA membership, when did you graduate?
||Minimum speech pathology practice hour requirement
||Approximate equivalent in weeks
|Five or more years ago.
||1000 hours in the five years prior to membership renewal or application.
||Worked full time for 27 weeks, or three days a week for 12 months.
|More than three and less than five years ago.
||200 hours since graduation.
||Worked full time for six weeks.
|Less than three years ago.
||Provisional-CPSP members have three years from course completion to accrue 200 practice hours and fulfil specific CPD requirements to be eligible for Full CPSP status.
Re-entry to Certified Practising membership
After successful completion of the re-entry program, members have four years to accrue a minimum of 200 speech pathology practice hours. By five years post program completion they must have met the minimum 1000 practice hour requirement to be eligible for CPSP status.
New graduate members are granted Provisional-CPSP status
Provisional-CPSP members have three years from course completion to accrue 200 practice hours and complete specific CPD requirements (ethics education, evidence-based practice and receipt of supervision or mentoring) to transition to full CPSP status.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Requirements
The continuing professional development requirements apply to both Provisional-CPSP and Full Certified Practising members.
- A minimum of 20 CPD points must be accrued per membership year.
- A maximum of 12 points can be earned in each activity type.
- CPD points cannot be carried forward to another membership year.
- CPD activities must be relevant to professional practice as a speech pathologist, extend the skills and knowledge of the speech pathologist and be related to their professional development plan.
- CPD activities may be speech pathology specific or non-speech pathology specific, however a minimum of 10 CPD points per membership year must be accrued in activities related to clinical practice i.e. direct speech pathology clinical services.
- It is expected that professional development activities be evidence-based.
Information about the CPD activity types and points values can be found here:
CPD Requirements Flyer
CPD Requirements Presentation
New Graduates - Information for Provisional CPSPs
How to transition to Full CPSP
Renewing your membership
Members can request a CPD extension when renewing their membership. An extension allows the member a further membership year to accrue the minimum 20 CPD points.
Eligibility criteria for an extension include: on leave for more than six months, significant illness and/or on compassionate grounds.
NB. that an extension cannot be granted two membership years in succession.
Recording Continuing Professional Development
Certified Practising Member Audits
Speech Pathology Australia conducts audits to offer assurance to employers, the public and other stakeholders that Certified Practising members are meeting the specified requirements. As a member of NASRHP (National Alliance of Self Regulating Health Professions), Speech Pathology Australia is required to audit 5% of Certified Practising members per year and must audit both continuing professional development and recency of practice requirements. Members are randomly selected. The focus of the audits is to confirm that members have met the minimum requirements for eligibility for Certified Practising Membership. Members will be notified by email if they have been selected for an audit.
Members can fail a Certified Practising Member audit if they:
- do not submit required documents by the due date;
- have not met the CPD requirements;
- have not met the recency of practice requirements, or any combination of the above.
Members have 14 days to appeal the decision.
If a member fails an audit, they cease to be eligible for Certified Practising membership and the associated entitlements until the PSR requirements have been met with another audit to confirm this.
I’ve been selected for an audit – what do I need to do?
View Certified Practising Member Audit Instructions