Registration Handbook

Registration Handbook2020-05-14T11:18:07-06:00

Please read before proceeding with your application:
Important Messages for ACSLPA Applicants During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

To practice as a Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist in Alberta, individuals must be registered and have a valid Practice Permit from the Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiologists (ACSLPA). ACSLPA is here to assist you as you prepare for your new career, whether you have just graduated university or are relocating to Alberta from another province or country. The Registration Handbook provides answers to a variety of registration and renewal questions. Please review the information below to address your particular circumstance. guides an applicant through the process.

Registration questions may also be directed to registration@acslpa.ca or deputyregistrar@acslpa.ca.

Click here to view the complete Registration Handbook (PDF).

Registration Handbook

1.0 What is the Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (ACSLPA)?2020-04-29T10:34:45-06:00

ACSLPA is the organization that protects and serves the public by regulating and ensuring competent, safe, ethical practice of audiologists and speech-language pathologists in Alberta. The Alberta government has given ACSLPA this power and has described the rules and responsibilities for this kind of work in the Health Professions Act (HPA).

ACSLPA’s main responsibilities are:

  • Registering speech-language pathologists and audiologists who are qualified to practice in Alberta.
  • Creating, maintaining and making sure the standards of practice for speech-language pathologists and audiologists in Alberta are followed.
  • Creating, maintaining and making sure standards for continuing competence in the practice of speech-language pathologists and audiologists in Alberta are followed.
  • Having a process to address complaints by the public about the practice of speech-language pathologists and audiologists in Alberta.

ACSLPA also:

  • Develops professional practice guidelines and other resources to help ACSLPA members in their practice.
  • Helps ACSLPA members with professional practice concerns.
  • Develops communications and educational materials for ACSLPA members and the public.
  • Offers professional development opportunities for its members.
  • Manages an annual volunteer recognition program for the professions.
  • Coordinates special projects/activities that support and benefit the professions and/or the public.
2.0 Who Needs to Register With ACSLPA?2020-04-24T13:07:33-06:00

Every speech-language pathologist or audiologist, who meets the requirements for registration and provides professional services to the public as described in the HPA, must be registered with ACSLPA before providing any professional services in the province of Alberta.

If you are a speech-language pathologist or audiologist who wants to:

  • Provide professional services directly to the public,
  • Teach the practice of speech-language pathology or audiology to members of ACSLPA or to students of your profession, or
  • Supervise members of ACSLPA who provide professional services to the public, then you must be registered with ACSLPA.

Professional services are described in the HPA as follows:

3(1) In their practice, speech-language pathologists do one or more of the following:

(a) Assess, diagnose, rehabilitate and prevent communication and oral motor and pharyngeal dysfunctions and disorders,
(b) Teach, manage and conduct research in the science and practice of speech-language pathology, and
(c) Provide restricted activities authorized by the regulations.

(2) In their practice, audiologists do one or more of the following:

(a) Assess auditory and vestibular function and diagnose, rehabilitate, prevent and provide appropriate devices and treatment for auditory and vestibular dysfunction,
(b) Teach, manage and conduct research in the science and practice of audiology, and
(c) Provide restricted activities authorized by the regulations.

Providing Services from Outside of Alberta (Virtual Care)

ACSLPA has the official and legal responsibility to protect the people of Alberta by regulating ethical[1] practice of speech-language pathologists and audiologists in Alberta. Under the HPA you must be registered with ACSLPA and practice in Alberta following the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. Even if you provide professional services to the Alberta public from outside of Alberta, you must be registered with ACSLPA. If you are registered in good standing in another province or jurisdiction[2] that is recognized by ACSLPA and will be providing virtual services on an inconsistent basis, you may qualify for courtesy registration-please refer to information regarding registration categories in this document and on the ACSLPA website (see For Members & Applicants>New Applicant Information).

If you are a member of ACSLPA providing professional services to clients living outside of Alberta, you are responsible for knowing and following the laws of the area in which you are practicing.

It is illegal under the HPA for you to work or volunteer as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist in Alberta, or provide professional services to the public within Alberta, without being registered with ACSLPA.

[1]Following the rules or standards for approved behaviour or practice.

[2]Area or place of official control with the power to enforce rules.

3.0 What are Protected Professional Titles?2020-04-17T11:05:49-06:00

The Health Professions Act (HPA) lists protected professional titles in health professions. These titles help people find qualified professionals and health services easily. You may only use the following protected professional titles if you are a member of ACSLPA:

Speech-Language Pathologist Titles Audiologist Protected Titles
  • Speech-language pathologist
  • Speech therapist
  • Speech pathologist
  • SLP
  • R.SLP

NOTE: A speech-language pathologist may use the title “pathologist” only combined with the terms “speech”, “speech and language” or “speech-language”.

  • Audiologist
  • Aud
  • R.Aud

NOTE: SLPs and audiologists on the Non-Practicing Register may use the protected titles listed in this table, followed by the phrase “(Non-Practicing)”.

The HPA also protects the use of the words “college”, “registered,” and “regulated,” and they may only be used by members of regulated colleges.

Using the Protected Title “Doctor”

Under the HPA and the Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Profession Regulation, you may use the protected title “Doctor” or “Dr.” when providing a health service in accordance with ACSLPA’s (2018) Use of the Protected Title “Doctor” or “Dr.” When Providing a Health Service Advisory Statement. Eligibility criteria and application to obtain authorization to make use of the title “Doctor” or “Dr.” when providing a health service are also available on the ACSLPA website.

Advisory Statement: Using Your Protected Professional Designation The Right Way

4.0 What are the Membership Categories?2020-04-17T10:49:43-06:00

The membership categories are as follows:

4.1 Regulated Membership Categories – there are three categories under this type of membership:

4.1.1.   General Register Member
4.1.2.  Courtesy Register Member
4.1.3.  Non-Practicing Member

4.2 Non-Regulated Membership Category – there is only one category under this type of membership:

4.2.1.  Honourary Member

5.0 How do I Request a Registration Application Package?2020-04-29T11:43:23-06:00

Please visit New Applicant Information to review the application process and to find the Registration Application package.

6.0 What are the Registration Requirements?2020-05-06T11:53:44-06:00

As per the Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Profession Regulations, to apply, you must:

1.  Have:

    • At least a master’s degree in speech-language pathology or audiology from an approved university level program, and
    • Completed the requirements for academic coursework and clinical practice experience. (See Appendix 1 for ACSLPA Coursework Requirements and Appendix 2 for Clinical Practice Hours Requirements), or
    • Be registered in good standing with a regulatory organization in another province in Canada, or
    • Have qualifications that the Registration Committee decides are substantially equivalent to the first bullet above. (NOTE: To decide this, the Registration Committee may ask an applicant to complete examinations, assessment, training or educational programs).

2. Demonstrate that your professional practice is current by showing you have:

  • Graduated from an approved program within the three years before applying, or
  • Practiced as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist for at least 1250 hours in the five years immediately before applying, or
  • Successfully completed approved, refresher[4] education courses in your profession within the three years before applying.

3. Demonstrate you have the required level of Professional Liability Insurance. (See Appendix 3)

4. Meet the English language proficiency requirements of ACSLPA. (See Appendix 4)

5. Demonstrate good character and reputation by submitting:

  • A satisfactory Police Information Check including a Vulnerable Sector Check (PIC/VSC), or equivalent (See Appendix 5),
  • A written reference or letter of good standing, and
  • declarations on the ACSLPA registration form related to professional behaviour[5] required for registration.

[4]A study course that is a review of previous education.

[5]Any questions regarding responses to declarations will be discussed with the applicant and a decision regarding whether the application can proceed will be made on a case by case basis.

7.0 How Does ACSLPA Review and Process my Registration Application?2020-05-07T14:13:27-06:00
8.0 How do I Renew my Registration and Practice Permit?2020-05-06T11:34:04-06:00
9.0 How Can I Make Status Changes?2020-04-29T10:49:31-06:00

If you will be leaving practice for an extended period of time (e.g., maternity leave), you may want to change your status to Non-Practicing while you are not working. Under this status, you may not work or volunteer as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist in Alberta. You may use the protected titles of your profession followed by “(Non-Practicing)”. Similarly, if you are currently Non-Practicing, you will need to change your status back to Registered before you return to work.

You may request a status change during the annual registration renewal process, or at any time of year using the appropriate Status Change Form (i.e, either the Application to Resume Active Practice, the Application to Change to Non-Practicing Status, or the Resignation from ACSLPA form). All registration fees or refunds are listed on the ACSLPA Fee Schedule.

10.0 How do I Resign from ACSLPA?2020-04-17T14:26:03-06:00

If you decide that you no longer want to practice as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist in Alberta, you should submit a request to resign from ACSLPA. You can do this using the Resignation from ACSLPA Form or by using the online registration system of the College during registration renewal in the Fall.

Once you have resigned from ACSLPA, you can no longer work or volunteer as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist in Alberta or use the protected titles of your profession.

If you want to reapply for registration at a later date, after resigning from ACSLPA, you must then meet all the registration requirements in place at the time you apply, including the requirements for current qualifications. You may also need to successfully complete a written examination and/or some time under supervised practice.

11.0 What if I’m a Member and I Don’t Meet Current Qualifications Requirements?2020-04-24T12:55:29-06:00

To either register or renew your registration, as per the Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Profession Regulation you must give evidence that your professional practice is current by having:

  1. Graduated from an approved program not more than three years before applying, or
  2. Practiced as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist for at least 1250 hours in the five years immediately before applying[8], or
  3. Successfully completed approved, refresher[9] education courses in your profession within the previous three years.

As a regulated member of ACSLPA, if you are applying for registration renewal or a status change to a regulated membership category and, specifically, do not meet the currency hour requirements, you will typically be required to demonstrate current competence through successful completion of a period of supervised practice.

11.6 The Registrar may refer any matter requiring a decision by the Registrar to the Registration Committee or Continuing Competence Committee for advice prior to making a final decision.

11.7 The Registrar, when issuing a registration and practice permit to allow a member or applicant to gain the required experience, shall apply the following conditions:

  1. the member must practice only under the supervision of a regulated member,
  2. the member must complete their supervised practice within a time limit set by the Registrar, and
  3. other conditions set by the Registrar if appropriate in the circumstances.

[8]Currency hours obtained while working in other provinces or jurisdictions will be considered
(verification may be required).

[9]A study course that is a review of previous education.

12.0 ACSLPA Courtesy Register Requirements and Conditions2020-04-29T10:52:37-06:00

The ACSLPA Courtesy Register 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.

To view Courtesy Register requirements, duration, acceptable purposes, fees and application form, please click here.

13.0 Additional Information2020-04-29T11:10:18-06:00

13.1 Information About Regulated Members That Must Be Available to the Government and the Public

You will see when you’re completing your registration or renewal that we ask for certain information about you as a regulated member that is required by law. Under the Health Professions Act (HPA), ACSLPA must be able to give the following information about you as regulated member if anyone of the public requests it. This information is limited to:

  • Your full name and your unique registration number
  • Any restrictions or conditions placed on your practice permit
  • The status of your practice permit, including whether it is suspended or cancelled
  • Your practice discipline (i.e., profession) recognized by ACSLPA

The ACSLPA General Register is updated daily, and is available on the ACSLPA website at: https://acslpav6.alinityapp.com/Client/PublicDirectory.aspx. As an ACSLPA regulated member you should also be aware that Alberta Health collects health service provider information from us and other regulatory colleges by law under the HPA to allow for:

  • Provider authorization and authentication
  • Centralized source of current data
  • Effective health workforce planning
  • Health service provider identification

You are responsible for seeing that ACSLPA has accurate and current information for your file, and you must let us know of any changes to your information (i.e., name, contact information, employer/practice information).

13.2  Your Name as a Regulated Member on the General Register

Your name must be the same name that is on the General Register and that you use in your practice. To inform the College of a name change, you must use the form available on the College website.  You must also give ACSLPA proof of the name change. Government-issued marriage, name change, or divorce certificates are all acceptable.

If you are a new applicant, you must submit original documents for a name change if the name used on your registration application form is different from the name stated on other documents in your application (e.g., official transcripts). ACSLPA will keep a copy on file and we will return the original to you. We also accept notarized[10] copies.

[10]A notarized copy is a photocopy of an original document that has been certified by a notary public to be a true and accurate copy of the original document. A notarized copy may also be referred to as a certified copy.

Appendix 1

ACSLPA Coursework Requirements

Appendix 2

Clinical Practice Hours Requirements

Appendix 3

Professional Liability Insurance (PLI) Requirements

Appendix 4

English Language
Proficiency

Appendix 5

Police Information
Check Requirements

Appendix 6

Jurisprudence Education Requirements

SAMPLE Supervised Practice Plan & Agreements

Appendix 7A

Entry to Practice
SLPs

Appendix 7B

Entry to Practice
Audiologists

Appendix 8A

Re-Entry to Practice
SLPs

Appendix 8B

Re-Entry to Practice
Audiologists