Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)2019-04-11T14:40:46-06:00
Can I submit photocopies of my documents for registration?2019-04-11T14:32:06-06:00

No. You must submit the original, signed application form, either in person or through the mail or courier. We cannot accept photocopied, faxed, or scanned forms.

The checklist in the application package will give you more detail about the documents you require, including which documents must come directly from the institution where you received your degree or qualifications.

After you have submitted all the required documents, it usually takes a minimum of 1–2 weeks to process your application if you are a/an:

  • New Graduate of a Canadian Accredited* Program
  • New Graduate of a United States (US) Program
  • Applicant from a Provincial Regulatory Organization in Canada (BC, SK, MB, ON, QC, NB)
  • Applicant from a Provincial/Territorial or National Association in Canada or the US (NL, NS, PEI, NWT, SAC or ASHA)

If you were educated outside of Canada or the US, the exact amount of time to process your application will depend on how long it takes the committee to review your documents and on the timing of the Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) Certification Examination. You will not be registered with ACSLPA until we receive notice that you’ve successfully passed the SAC exam. You can write this exam at two different times in the year (usually spring and fall) up to a maximum of 3 times in total.

*Officially recognized as being of an approved standard.

Can I work as a Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist while I’m waiting for my application results?2019-04-11T14:33:06-06:00

No. You cannot begin working until you are registered with ACSLPA. It is illegal and an offence under the Health Professions Act for you to work or volunteer as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist in Alberta, or provide such services to the public without being registered.

Do I need to write the SAC exam to register with ACSLPA?2019-04-11T14:34:02-06:00

Maybe. The Registration Committee may require you to write the SAC exam depending on your work experience and education background. If this is true in your case, we will let you know, in writing, as soon as possible.

I am a member of an association that has a mutual recognition or reciprocity agreement with SAC (Speech-Language and Audiology Canada). Does this agreement also apply to ACSLPA?2019-04-11T14:34:55-06:00

No. ACSLPA is a regulatory organization, not a member association. Because of this, mutual recognition or reciprocity agreements with SAC do not apply to ACSLPA or other Canadian regulatory organizations.

I am an SLP from outside Alberta and will be in your province to teach a course and provide some demonstration teaching with clients. Do I need to be registered with ACSLPA?2019-04-11T14:35:55-06:00

Yes. Under the ACSLPA bylaws, courtesy registration allows practitioners to be registered in Alberta for a short term for a narrowly focused specific purpose, provided they are registered in good standing in another jurisdiction.

Click here to access Courtesy Register requirements and application form.

Questions? Please contact the ACSLPA office at

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