STATE OF WISCONSIN
Hearing and Speech Examining Board
IN THE MATTER OF RULE-MAKING PROCEEDINGS BEFORE THE
HEARING AND SPEECH EXAMINING BOARD
ORDER OF THE HEARING AND SPEECH EXAMINING BOARD
(CLEARINGHOUSE RULE 15-096)
An order of the Hearing and Speech Examining Board to repeal HAS 6.02 (1m) and (5), 6.04 (6) (b) 2., 6.04 (7), 6.05, 6.09 (3), 6.11 and 7.05; to consolidate, renumber and amend HAS 6.04 (6) (b) (intro) and 1; to amend HAS 6.02 (6) and (9), 6.03 (6) (intro) and (a), 6.04 (5), 6.04 (6) (intro) and (a) and 7.04; to repeal and recreate HAS 6.07, 6.08, 6.10 and 7.03; and to create HAS 7.06 relating to licensure of speech-language pathologists, audiologists and temporary licenses and requirements for renewal and reinstatement of credentials granted by the hearing and speech examining board.
Analysis prepared by the Department of Safety and Professional Services.
Explanation of agency authority:
Each examining board shall promulgate rules for its own guidance and for the guidance of the trade or profession to which it pertains, and define and enforce professional conduct and unethical practices not inconsistent with the law relating to the particular trade or profession. s. 15.08 (5)(b) The examining board may make rules not inconsistent with the laws of the this state which are necessary to carry out the intent of this chapter. s. 459.12 (1) A temporary license granted under this subsection is valid for a period designated in rules promulgated by the examining board. The rules may designate a period that terminates if an applicant fails to take the next available examination under s. 459.26 (2) (a) or (b) for reasons other than inaction by the examining board or hardship. s. 459.24 (6) (c).
Related statute or rule: n/a
Plain language analysis:
Section 1 repeals definitions no longer used in the rule.
Section 2 amends the definition of “postgraduate clinical fellowship” to not include audiology and clarifies the sentence and references the updated degree requirements.
Section 3 amends the examination required for speech-language pathologist applicants from the National Examination for Speech-language Pathology and Audiology (NESPA) to the Praxis Speech Language Pathology examination.
Section 4 amends the supervised clinical practicum and doctoral degree to align with the statutory change resulting from 2009 Act 356. It also amends the examination required for audiologist applicants from the National Examination for Speech-language Pathology and Audiology (NESPA) to the Praxis Audiology examination. Sections 5 and 6 change the examination to the Praxis Audiology examination and eliminates the doctoral options as being equivalent education to the exam. 2009 Act 356 changed the educational requirement from a master’s degree to a doctoral degree, therefore, the higher degree is no longer a replacement for the examination. This section eliminates the postgraduate clinical fellowship in audiology as that requirement was removed in 2009 Act 356.
Section 7 repeals HAS 6.05 due to redundancy. The previous sections address the required examinations as part of the application process.
Section 8 repeals and recreates the reciprocal license section. A speech-language pathologist holding an active license in good standing in another state is granted a Wisconsin license if the requirements for licensure are substantially equivalent to the Wisconsin requirements. An audiologist holding an active license in good standing in another state is granted a Wisconsin license if the requirements are substantially equivalent to the Wisconsin requirements or the applicant holds a master’s degree and completed a supervised clinical practicum.
Section 9 repeals and recreates the limited permit section to clarify the requirements and align the requirements with the statute. A non-resident applicant meeting the Wisconsin education requirements who does not have an arrest or conviction record related to the practice may obtain a limited permit to practice in association with a licensed speech-language pathologist or licensed audiologist up to 10 days in a calendar year. A non-resident applicant who holds a license as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist in another state which has licensure requirements substantially equal to Wisconsin’s licensure requirements may obtain a limited permit for a period of 45 days in a calendar year.
Section 10 repeals the definition of temporary license as the definition is incorrect and not necessary.