English Language Proficiency

The ability to speak and write in English fluently is required of all speech-language pathologists and audiologists in Alberta.

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). Please provide an official transcript sent directly from the university to ACSLPA in a sealed envelope.
  • Graduation from a university program in audiology (for audiology applicants) or speech-language pathology (for SLP applicants) from a non-CACUP university program taught in the English language (this must include all didactic learning and clinical practice). Please provide 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.
  • Provide evidence of English language proficiency through one of the following English language tests:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
      The ACSLPA minimum requirements are minimum speaking and listening scores of 26, a minimum reading score of 22 and a minimum writing score of 24.  We will only accept the Internet-based test (iBT) and the TOEFL iBT Home Edition. 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.
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (AC or GT)
      The ACSLPA minimum requirements are a speaking score of 7.5, a listening score of 8.0, a reading score of 7.5 and a writing score of 7.5. Further information on the IELTS is available at: http://www.ielts.org.

ACSLPA recognizes the English language proficiency requirements in all other speech-language and audiology regulated Canadian jurisdictions. If you are a practicing regulated speech-language pathologist or audiologist 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.

NOTE: 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.