SAC is the national professional association that represents speech-language pathologists (S-LPs) and audiologists in Canada. SAC membership is voluntary; it is not required to work in Canada. There are many benefits to joining SAC. Learn more.
International Mutual Recognition Agreements (S-LPs only)
If you belong to a national organization listed below, please click here. If not, please continue to Step #1.
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
- Irish Association of Speech & Language Therapists
- New Zealand Speech-language Therapists' Association
- Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists
- Speech Pathology Australia
Step #1: Contact Provincial Regulatory or Licensing Body
In some Canadian provinces/territories, the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology are regulated; meaning that you must register with the regulatory body in that province/territory to obtain a license/registration to practice. If you plan to work in a province/territory which has a regulatory body, your first step is to contact the regulatory body.
Step #2: Ensure You Meet SAC Membership Requirements
Internationally educated professionals who wish to become members of SAC must first have their qualifications assessed to determine if they meet membership requirements. SAC membership requirements include:
- Master's degree or equivalent in speech-language pathology or audiology
- Course work must cover the areas described in the Assessing and Certifying Clinical Competency: Foundations of Practice for Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
- Course work must meet the following minimum requirements:
- 270 hours in normal development and use of speech, language and hearing
- 360 hours in the major area (either speech-language pathology or audiology)
- 90 hours in the minor area (audiology for S-LPs, speech-language pathology for audiologists)
- 350 hours of supervised clinical practicum, which meets our requirements.
Step #3: Assessment
If you think that you meet the above requirements, you may begin the assessment process.
- Complete an application for the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS). (Note: you must request the Specialized Assessment.) IQAS is the only assessment service provider currently accepted by SAC.
- Sign their release, which allows them to share the assessment report with us.
- Send the following documents to IQAS along with any other documents they may require and their fee:
- Official degree transcripts;
- Complete course descriptions including hours of study;
- Verified signed record of clinical practicum hours;
- Official translations of the documents if they are not in English.
- Complete the SAC Application for Assessment.
- Send a second official copy of the above documents to SAC along with a non-refundable payment of $500* Canadian.
*Note: We will not begin your SAC assessment until we have received all documents and fees including the IQAS report. Once all documents and fees are received, the SAC assessment will be completed within 8-12 weeks. Official documents such as transcripts will not be returned to the applicant.
Step #4: Exam
If the SAC assessment shows that you meet the academic and clinical practicum requirements for membership, you will be asked to write the SAC Clinical Certification Exam as a final step to SAC membership. If you pass the clinical certification exam, you are also eligible for SAC Clinical Certification.
Carla Di Gironimo
Director of Speech-Language Pathology & Standards
1.800.259.8519 ext. 232
Director of Audiology & Communication Health Assistants
1.800.259.8519 ext. 233
For many Internationally Trained Professionals (ITPs), the cost of licensing exams, training and skills upgrading can present a significant barrier to credential recognition. The Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) Loan Project provides financial assistance to ITPs to lessen some of these burdens. For more information, please visit their website.
Please note: The FCR Loan Project is independent from SAC; therefore, please direct any questions regarding the project directly to the FCR Loan Project team.