The Legislature has transferred primary responsibility for licensing speech-language pathologists from the Agency of Education (AOE) to the Secretary of State’s Office of Professional Regulation (OPR). 2015, No. 38, § 39 (eff. September 1, 2015).
As of September 1, 2014, any speech-language pathologist licensed and in good standing with AOE shall be deemed licensed by OPR and shall be re-issued an initial OPR license at no charge. 2015, No. 38, § 41.
Effective immediately, and continuing until September 1, speech-language pathologists currently licensed by AOE may obtain a new OPR license by completing an online application. This process creates a licensing account with OPR that can be used to update personal information and to renew a license conveniently in the future. Email is the primary means by which OPR communicates with licensees. Be sure to supply an accurate, regularly used email address. An initial OPR license will issue upon confirmation of good standing with AOE.
For many speech-language pathologists, Act 38 merely transfers the site of licensing to OPR. However, SLPs employed in Vermont schools as educators remain subject to the jurisdiction of the Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators and AOE requirements pertaining to Endorsement #84 (Educational Speech Language Pathologist). “A speech-language pathologist employed in a school and holding an endorsement from the Agency of Education shall retain that endorsement and shall renew it with the Agency as required by law, in addition to licensure with the Office of Professional Regulation.” 2015, No. 38, § 35. Please contact AOE directly for questions about the endorsement.
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