Protected titles help the public identify qualified health professionals. Only regulated members are entitled to use protected titles and be identified as a member of their profession.

Under the HPA, the following protected titles and designations may only be used by regulated members of ACSLPA who hold a valid practice permit:

Speech-Language Pathologists  Audiologists
  • speech-language pathologist
  • speech therapist
  • speech pathologist
  • SLP
  • R.SLP
  • audiologist
  • Aud
  • R.Aud

Note: AuD designates a doctoral degree in audiology.

 HPA, Schedule 28, Sec 2; The Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Profession Regulation 18 (1-4).

SLPs and Audiologists who have met the requirements for registration and have the competence to provide professional services are listed on the College’s General Register [1] or Courtesy Register (For more information, see Module 2).

The HPA also protects the use of other words:

  • college;
  • registered;
  • regulated;
  • regulated health professional; and
  • specialist (may only be used by those professions who have legislated authorization).

A person may not use these protected words, alone or in combination with any other words, to imply that they are a regulated member of a college when they are not.

Additional Information

For more information, see ACSLPA’s advisory statement Using Your Professional Designation the Right Way.


[1] Regulated members on the General Register who do not hold a valid practice permit, i.e., those who are non-practicing, may use the protected titles of their profession followed by phrase “Non-Practicing”.