Who We License
- Speech-Language Pathologists ~ Standard and Provisional
- Audiologists and Dispensing Audiologists
- Hearing Aid Specialists and Hearing Aid Specialist Apprentices
Depending on the practioner type and need, we offer five (5) license types. Please visit the link for each to learn more about eligiblity and requirements:
- Standard: Any applicant who meets the licensing requirements as a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), Audiologist (AUD), or Hearing Aid Specialist (HAS) and intends to practice in the State of Nevada.
- SLP, AUD, HAS: Licensed in another state and intending to practice in Nevada for less than 12 months.
- Dispensing AUD or HAS: Licensed in another state who wishes to begin practice in Nevada pending passage of the state dispensing examinations. (See Hearing Aid Dispensing Examinations for more information.)
- Military/Veteran: A military member, veteran, or military/veteran spouse who requests expedited processing pending receipt of documentation requirements required for a Standard license in the State of Nevada.
- SLP: A graduate of a school of speech-language pathology who is completing the clinical fellowship (CFY) requirements for certification by ASHA.
- HAS: Licensed in another state but not holding current NBC-HIS certification, and is completing the experience requirements for NBC-HIS certification or NBC-HIS re-certification requirements.
- HAS Apprentice: Any person who wishes to enter the hearing aid dispensing field as a Hearing Aid Specialist upon completion of the in-service education and training program established by the Board.
- Limited: SLP or AUD who is licensed in good standing in another state and will be demonstrating using clients or patients and is a presenter or instructor at an educational presentation, seminar, or in educational setting.
All new applications and payments are submitted online through our website. The Board will accept a check by mail, but this is not the preferred method of payment and will delay application processing, as the application review will not begin until payment is received. Once a complete application and payment are received by the Board office we typically issue the license within 3-5 business days. Applicants are notified via email and sent a PDF copy of the license.
Licensed in Another State?
Nevada does not participate in an interstate licensing compact. Our process is very efficient so there is little need to rely on reciprocal licensing. Our practice law allows us to issue an SLP or Audiology license by endorsement, however since we process applications so quickly, we do not need to utilize this option as the requirements are the same for our regular licensing process. More information may be found on our License Types & Requirements page.
Military Members, Veterans, & Spouses
We offer a 50% discount on initial licensing fees for all military members, veterans, and military/veteran spouses. Our practice law allows us to issue a license by endorsement for an active member of the Armed Forces, the member’s spouse, a veteran, or a veteran’s surviving spouse, however since we process applications so quickly, we do not need to utilize this option as the requirements are the same for our regular licensing process. More information may be found on our License Types & Requirements page.
Criminal History, Child Support, & Professional Licensing Actions
NRS 425.520 mandates that applicants for state and locally issued licenses must answer three questions related to child support when applying for or renewing a license. Per NRS 637B.166, the Board may deny the license or renewal if the applicant:
- Fails to answer the child support questions; or
- Answers that they are NOT in compliance with a child support order. If an applicant indicates this, the Board must advise them to contact the entity enforcing the order to find out how to satisfy the arrearage.
Criminal History & Professional Licensing Actions
Our Board does not complete criminal background checks, but applicants must answer a series of self-attestation questions related to criminal history and professional licensing actions when applying for or renewing a license. Any affirmative response requires an explanatory statement and supporting documentation of the incident and its resolution. Per Board policy, the Board’s Executive Director will review the application and either 1) make a determination on the matter or 2) place the matter on the agenda of the next meeting for a review by the Board.
Assembly Bill 319 (2019) allows individuals to petition a professional or occupational licensing board for a determination of whether the person's criminal history will disqualify them from obtaining a license. Per Board policy, the Board’s Executive Director will review these requests and either 1) make a determination on the matter or 2) place the matter on the agenda of the next meeting for a review by the Board. If you would like to request a pre-licensing determination, please email the Board at email@example.com and include your request, an explanation of the incident(s) in question, and all available supporting documentation to support the request (i.e. court orders, probation reports, etc.)
All renewals are completed through our online renewal page. It is the professional responsibility of the licensee to ensure their license is renewed in a timely manner. Renewal reminders are automatically sent by our licensing database to the email on record and licensees should check spam/junk mail folders as these messages are sometimes caught there. More information may be found on our License Types & Requirements page.
Some license types may be converted - please see our Conversions page for more information.
Standard licenses may be reinstated within three (3) years of expiration. Please see our Reinstatements page for more information.
AUD & SLP Assistants
Nevada does not license Audiology or SLP Assistants at this time. The Board has discussed this as a possible future legislative priority, but there are no immediate plans to make this change. You may learn more about the Board's work at https://www.nvspeechhearing.org/about/Minutes.asp