All applicants for registration as regulated members of ACSLPA must be sufficiently proficient in the English language to be able to provide professional services in English.
You must give evidence of English language proficiency through one of the following:
- Graduation from a program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Canadian University Programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CACUP).
- Graduation from a university program in audiology or speech-language pathology from a non-CACUP university program taught in the English language (this must include all didactic learning and clinical practice). This can be provided by submitting an academic credential assessment report from an academic credential agency recognized by the Registrar confirming the language of instruction and/or official attestation sent directly from the university to the Registrar in a sealed envelope.
- Achievement of the required minimum score on an approved standardized English test, as listed below. All language categories required must be completed using the same test. The test must be completed within two years of receipt of the applicant’s complete application. Official test results must be sent directly from the testing agency to the Registrar.
Individuals who fall short of the required scores by
- 0.5 on a maximum of two of the categories of speaking, reading, and/or writing on the IELTS (Ac or GT), or
- 2 on a maximum of two of the categories of speaking, reading, and/or writing on the TOEFL,
may request that the exam requirement be placed in abeyance until their 450-hour supervised practice has been completed. If the request is approved, the supervised practice supervisor will be asked to comment on the applicant’s English language proficiency in the provision of professional services, as part of the midterm and final evaluations (i.e., specific questions in relation to English language proficiency will be included as part of the evaluations forms, which the supervisor will be asked to complete). Based on this input, an exemption from the standardized assessment may be granted.
Further information on the TOEFL is available at: http://www.toefl.org. You may use Code 7698 to have your results sent directly to ACSLPA.
Further information on the IELTS is available at: http://www.ielts.org.
- ACSLPA recognizes the English language proficiency requirements in all other regulated Canadian jurisdictions. If you are a practicing regulated member in another Canadian jurisdiction you will not be required to provide further demonstration of English language proficiency if you have already demonstrated English language proficiency in the course of becoming registered in that other jurisdiction.
- At the discretion of the Registrar, if you are an applicant who is a new graduate or you are a practicing regulated member in another regulated Canadian jurisdiction, you may have to demonstrate English language proficiency if you did not have to demonstrate English language proficiency prior to graduation or in the course of becoming registered in the other jurisdiction.
- If you are a practicing regulated member in another regulated Canadian jurisdiction and you have met the French language proficiency requirement in that other jurisdiction, but you have not demonstrated English language proficiency, you may be registered with a condition that you may only provide professional services in the French language.
- You are responsible for the cost of English language proficiency testing. Costs vary dependent on where the test is taken but typically run upwards of $300.00 CDN. The testing organization must send your results directly to ACSLPA. You must have completed any testing no more than two years before the date on your application for registration.