Georgia Licensure

Please note GSHA does not handle licensure directly, this is handled by the Georgia State Professional Licensing Board. Information on applying for a Georgia state license can be found at the Secretary of State website at www.sos.georgia.gov/plb/speech or using the contact information below. Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists interested in practicing in the state of Georgia are required to have a license.

Useful Links:
Georgia State Application and Forms page: http://sos.ga.gov/cgi-bin/plbforms.asp?board=10
Georgia State FAQ: http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/49/faq

Email a question to the the Georgia State Professional Licensing Board: http://sos.ga.gov/cgi-bin/emailplb.asp 

Call the Georgia Professional Licensing Board : 478-207-2440

Georgia State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217
(478) 207-2440

Executive Director: Anita Mills

Licensure is not required of a speech- language pathologist certified by the Department of Education or Professional Standards Commission or successor agency while that person is working as an employee of a public educational institution, serving any grade or grades from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, provided that no fees are charged for the services either directly or through a third party, except for Medicaid.

The Georgia State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology is an eight-member board consisting of one physician, three audiologists, three speech language pathologists, and a consumer member. The members are appointed by the Governor to "protect the public health, safety, and welfare and to protect the public from being misled by incompetent, unscrupulous, and unauthorized persons" (O.C.G.A. 43-44-2). The Board meets monthly to review applications for licensure and receive, investigate and adjudicate complaints against licensed speech language pathologists and audiologists.

Current Board Members:

Brig Zimmerman, Executive Director (Email the Executive Director)

Melanie Gilley - SLP - Chair 
Erica Chatelain - SLP - Vice-Chair
Holly Kaplan - Audiologist
Miranda Pritcher Ross - Audiologist
Robin Alverson - Audiologist
Melanie Hudson -SLP
Lauren Wright- Consumer Member

Board Meeting Information

The Speech Language Pathology & Audiology Board meets at 10:00 a.m.

Location: 
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217 

Upcoming Meeting Dates can be found by clicking here.

Meeting Minutes can be found by clicking here.

For more information on these meetings please call (478) 207-2440.

Continuing Education Requirements

In order to renew a license, the licensee must obtain a minimum of 2.0 CEUs (20 clock hours) during each biennium period of licensure.

  • Individuals who hold licenses in both Speech-Language Pathology and in Audiology shall be required to complete a minimum of 2.0 CEUs in Speech-Language Pathology and 2.0 CEUs in Audiology.
  • CEU requirements for newly approved license holders will be pro-rated during the first biennium licensure period as follows:
    • (a) Licensees whose applications are approved during the first six (6) months of the biennium will be required to accrue two (2) CEUs.
    • (b) Licensees approved during the second six (6) months of the biennium will be required to accrue one and one half (1 ½) CEUs.
    • (c) Licensees approved during the third six months of the biennium will be required to accrue one (1) CEU.
    • (d) Licensees approved during the final six (6) months are not required to accrue CEUs until the following licensure biennium.
  • CEU hours must be in educational experiences directly related to the scope of practice of the licensee, and must be designed to increase the competence of the licensee in the area of licensure. Examples of activities that may provide CEU hours include:
    • (a) Scientific and educational lectures, workshops, or seminars;
    • (b) College courses taken for credit or through official audit:  
    • (c) Presentations by licensees: 0.5 CEUs (5 clock hours) will be awarded for the presentation of any lecture, workshop or seminar. A licensee may only receive credit for one presentation per biennium.
    • (d) Audio and video conferences, online courses, and teleconferences; and self-study courses accompanied by an examination by the CEU provider.
(e) Praxis Examination in the area of licensure.

Licensing Board Update

Amendments to O.C.G.A. § 50-36-1 become effective January 1, 2012.  Georgia law requires all applicants for licensure, and all those applying for renewal of an existing license to submit secure and verifiable documentation with their application that will be reviewed by the Board.  Examples of secure and verifiable documents include driver’s license, U.S. passport, or green card.  A list of the approved Secure and Verifiable Documents may be found on the Professional Licensing Board’s webpage at www.sos.ga.gov/plb . They may submit their renewal online in minutes - just follow these quick and easy steps:

  • Visit the Georgia Online Licensing site at www.sos.ga.gov/plb  (Free internet access is available at every Georgia Public Library)
  • Click on the License Renewal link to begin the renewal process.
  • Step-by-Step instructions can be found here: www.sos.ga.gov/plb/renewal_process.htm
  • Update address, phone number, e-mail address and answer the renewal questions.
  • Applicants will be given an opportunity to upload a copy of their secure and verifiable document with their application, or if they are unable to do so, instructions are available for faxing or emailing it to the Board office.
  • Pay  renewal fee(s) using a American Express, Mastercard, or Visa on our secure server.
  • Print the receipt of payment.
  • Please allow staff 10 business days to process the renewal application and secure and verifiable document.
  • Once the renewal application has been completed, the licensee will receive an email with instructions for printing their license online.
  • Verify the renewal online at https://secure.sos.state.ga.us/myverification/      .
  • If they choose not to renew online and would like to request a renewal form that will be mailed to your address on file with board, please call (404)463-1100.   Please note that renewing by mail may take up to 4 weeks to process after the completed renewal form is received. A licensee cannot practice after their license expiration date.

AVOID ADDITIONAL DELAY & LATE FEES BY RENEWING NOW! 
Thank you very much for your business.
The Professional Licensing Board
Office of Secretary of State