State Licensure, National Certification, and Continuing Education

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Without close inspection, the value, effectiveness, and differences between licensure and certification, two important credentialing qualifiers for audiologists, can be difficult to appreciate fully by both practitioners and consumers. Efforts to credential various health care providers have led to educational and political alliances with various groups that assist professional organizations and their members in developing guidelines and standards from conception to implementation. This article seeks to help the reader understand the history, nature, and goals of licensure and certification, and the role of continuing education in the process of maintaining one's private certification and licensure to practice in the profession of audiology.

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