Renewal notices are emailed 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 are required for all licensed individuals. An additional $3.00 processing fee is added to delinquent (after June 30) online renewals. A printable PDF id card will be available on your dashboard once your renewal is processed. Please allow 3 to 4 weeks for renewal applications that require supervision.
Licensees shall participate in continuing professional education activities of at least 10 clock hours for each license period, July 1 through June 30 (5 shall be educational activities directly related to the scope of practice of the licensee and must be designed to increase the knowledge and skills in the area of licensure). Five may be in areas related to the professions of audiology and/or speech-language pathology. Such activities shall increase knowledge and skills pertinent to the practice. Examples include: billing; coding and reimbursement; record-keeping; ethics; supervision. Audiologists who dispense hearing aids are required to obtain at least 3 of the 10 hours in hearing aid dispensing.
Dual licensees shall complete fifteen (15) hours per year with a minimum of five (5) hours in audiology and five (5) hours in speech-language pathology; the remaining 5 may be directly related to their area of licensure. Related activities shall increase knowledge and skills pertinent to practice. Examples include: billing; coding and reimbursement; record-keeping; ethics; supervision.
A percentage of 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 is granted to licensees who are retired or who do not practice audiology or speech-language pathology during the fiscal year, July 1-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 an online renewal and attest that you have not practiced during the fiscal year.
In order to resume practice, individuals on inactive status shall demonstrate completion of 5 clock hours of continuing education in the area of licensure for each year that inactive status was maintained (maximum of 25 hours). 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 prior to their return to work.
Delinquent renewals will be accepted by the board through July 31, provided the delinquent renewal fee is paid in accordance with Rule 125, as well as the continuing education and supervision documentation, if applicable. Since licenses expire on June 30th, the Board cannot grant permission for licensees to work without the renewal being completed.
A licensee whose license lapsed on August 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 §123 and §127.
Licensees who allow their license to lapse shall submit documentation of completion of 5 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.