As regulated professions in Alberta, SLPs and Audiologists are accountable to the public and the Minister of Health.
ACSLPA is the regulatory body for SLPs and Audiologists in Alberta.
ACSLPA is not a professional association. ACSLPA’s role is to protect and serve the public, not the interests of the members.
The role of a college, like ACSLPA, is outlined in the HPA and includes duties such as:
ensuring that only qualified applicants are registered and issued a permit to practice;
maintaining a General Register;
establishing, maintaining, and enforcing Standards of Practice and a Code of Ethics; and
The Health Professions Act
Is the governing legislation for all health professions in Alberta.
Lays out consistent rules by which all health professions must provide competent and safe professional services to the public.
Addresses restricted activities, college governance, registration and renewal, continuing competence, complaints, and more.
HPA Part 10 contains profession specific schedules for each college, stipulating:
the protected titles that can be used by regulated members; and
the professions’ practice statements, which describe the services provided by regulated members.
Only SLPs and Audiologists who have met the requirements for registration, have the competence to provide professional services, and hold a valid practice permit are entitled to use the protected titles of their profession.
The following protected titles and designations may only be used by regulated members of ACSLPA: speech-language pathologist, speech therapist, speech pathologist, SLP, R.SLP, audiologist, Aud, R.Aud.
Protected titles can only be used in the province(s) in which a professional is registered; they are not portable between provinces and countries.
Membership with a provincial, national, or international association does not grant the right to use professional titles.
SLPs and audiologists may not provide professional services or use the protected titles of the profession unless they are registered with ACSLPA and hold a valid practice permit.
A practice permit is required regardless of whether a practitioner is engaging in paid or unpaid work, providing clinical or non-clinical services, or whether they are working full-time, part-time, or casual.
A regulated member’s practice permit must be on display in their workplace or be made available for inspection upon request.
Regardless of when a practice permit is issued during the registration year (January 1 to December 31), it expires every year on December 31.
Regulated members wishing to renew their practice permit must submit a complete application for registration and practice permit renewal, including fees and a completed Continuing Competence Program, every year, before the deadline dates specified in the Bylaws.
Late practice permit renewal submissions cannot be ignored, and extensions cannot be granted.
Failure to renew will result in practice permit suspension, which means that the regulated member may not work or volunteer in their profession in the new registration year.
Regulated members are required by law to notify their employer if conditions on their practice permit change (e.g., that their permit is suspended).
Under the HPA, ACSLPA is accountable for how it exercises its responsibilities.
The HPA outlines a number of functions that the College must fulfill, including:
governing its regulated members in a manner that protects and serves public interest; and
providing direction to, and regulating, the practice of the profession by its regulated members.
The College has a duty and power to protect and serve the public.
The College is prohibited from involvement in activities related to professional fees, including fee setting or providing guidelines for professional fees.
ACSLPA’s regulated members also have responsibilities and obligations to conduct themselves in a professional manner under the HPA, including:
Demonstrating appropriate knowledge, skill, attitudes, and judgment in the provision of professional services.
Practicing in compliance with the Health Professions Act, Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Profession Regulation, Code of Ethics, and Standards of Practice.
Under the HPA, the business and affairs of the College are governed by a council.
The ACSLPA Council is comprised of elected, registered members of the College and members of the public who are appointed by the provincial government.
The key governing documents used by the College are the HPA, the Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Profession Regulation, the ACSLPA Bylaws, and ACSLPA policies.
The key college documents that apply to regulated members in their practice include the Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics, competency profile, advisory statements, guidelines, position statements, and protocols.
Breach of a standard or code may constitute unprofessional conduct.
Regulated members have an obligation to comply with all relevant information management and duty to report legislation.