ACSLPA approves Praxis Exams:
- for audiology and speech-language pathology applicants from non-Canadian accredited programs, and
- for members who have not practiced for a period greater than five years.
Applicants trained outside of a Canadian accredited program seeking to become a Registered Speech-Language Pathologist (R.SLP) or Audiologist (R.Aud) in Alberta must pass an approved entry-to-practice examination. Regulated members who have not practiced for a period greater than five years must also successfully complete an approved entry-to-practice examination. On September 11, 2020, the ACSLPA Registration Committee approved successful completion of the Praxis Exams for audiology and speech-language pathology as a requirement for registration.
ACSLPA’s Registration Committee approved the Praxis Exams, administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS), after a comprehensive suitability assessment process. See Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below for more information about this process.
ACSLPA previously required successful completion of the Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) Certification Examination (SAC Exam) as a requirement for registration as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist in Alberta. In 2019, SAC announced that it would retire the SAC Exam and the last sitting was held in March 2020.
Effective immediately, the Praxis Exams replace the SAC certification exams for both professions. ACSLPA will review the decision to approve the Praxis Exams in one year. ACSLPA will accept the Educational Testing Service (ETS) Praxis audiology exam 3543 and the speech-language pathology exam 5331. The minimum pass score for the audiology exam is set at 160 and the minimum pass score for the speech-language pathology exam is set at 154.
ACSLPA will continue to accept SAC Exam results from audiology and speech-language pathology applicants obtained up to March 2020 provided results were obtained within the last five years.
As per section 7(2) of the Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Profession Regulation, the Registration Committee may require applicants educated outside of a recognized accredited program to undergo any examinations, testing, assessment, training, or educational programs the Committee considers necessary. Further information regarding the application process and registration requirements is available in ACSLPA’s Registration Handbook available on the ACSLPA website.
Effective September 21/20, to access the ETS website to register for the Praxis Exams please click on the following link:
Additional information is also available at this website regarding exam availability, costs, etc. Registration instructions are available here.
Refer to the list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below, for additional information regarding the entry to practice examination.