Practicing Audiology

What are the steps required to become licensed to practice audiology in Canada?

Clinical hours

Audiology and speech pathology are regulated by the same organization in Canada, the Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC), but by separate organizations in Australia.

To become licensed in either profession in Canada, you are required to have completed a minimum number of clinical/instruction hours in the other discipline. As an example, to become a Speech Pathologist in Canada, you must have studied and practiced audiology as well. Australia does not have a similar requirement, so students hoping to practice in Canada should work with their faculty to ensure they can complete enough clinical hours within their program.

The total amount of clinical and instruction hours required to become licensed vary depending on the province, and from the requirements to become clinically certified by the SAC (optional), there are a separate list of requirements. Clinical hours may include relevant undergraduate studies, so the number of hours each student will need to take in the program may vary.

It’s the student’s responsibility to contact their provincial regulatory body to ensure they understand the requirements and process to become licensed when they return, and they should track their hours during the program to make sure they have enough for certification.

The process

How do you become an audiologist in Canada?

1. Study
Complete an undergraduate degree and then gain admission to a graduate program like a Master of Audiology.

2. Meet Clinical Hours
Be sure to advise your faculty of the hours you need to meet licensing requirements for the province in which you would like to work (and optionally SAC requirements for Clinical Certification). Remember, these hours are not tracked for you by the university; however, they will work with you to ensure that your clinical placements align with what you need to return home.

3. Apply for Licensure
After graduation, you will apply for provincial licensure and have your educational background assessed for eligibility. Once approved, you will apply for your Initial Certificate of Registration (or have 2 years’ experience) and complete a six-month clinical mentorship, after which you may apply for full licensure.

Federal organization benefits

Graduates may also join Speech Language & Audiology Canada to gain access to professional resources for development, insurance, and other benefits. They may also undertake the SAC’s Clinical Certification process, allowing the use of the S-LP(C) professional designation.

The SAC mutually recognizes master’s-level speech pathology programs at Australian universities, which streamlines the approval process. This mutual recognition does not extend to audiology programs.

Currently in Canada, eight provinces require mandatory registration with a regulatory body.

Upcoming Licensing Changes

Starting in Fall 2020, the SAC will be replacing their Clinical Certification exam with a new Canadian Entry to Practice (CEPT) exam based on harmonized standards and competencies established by the Canadian Alliance of Audiology and Speech Pathology Regulators (CAASPR). Please see the CETP exam FAQs for information.

This new exam will be required to become licensed to practice in any regulated province, and logistical details are forthcoming. OzTREKK will post updated information as soon as it becomes available.

FAQs

What is the appropriate regulatory body for audiology in my province?

Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (ACSLPA)
https://www.acslpa.ca/

College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia (CSHHPBC)
https://cshbc.ca/

College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Manitoba (CASLPM
https://caslpm.ca/

College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO)
http://www.caslpo.com/

New Brunswick Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (NBASLPA)
https://www.nbaslpa.ca/

Newfoundland and Labrador Council of Health Professionals
http://www.nlchp.ca/

Ordre des orthophonistes et audiologistes du Québec (OOAQ)
http://www.ooaq.qc.ca/index.html

Saskatchewan Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (SASLPA)
http://www.saslpa.ca/

How many places are available for international students?

Because entry is highly competitive, there are currently only about 10 international seats available in each of the audiology programs.

How can I ensure my audiology application is strong?

For Macquarie, you’re welcome to include reference letters; however, the universities are mainly looking for a high GPA and if students meet the required prerequisites.

Will I be eligible to practice as an audiologist in Canada?

You should first contact the regulatory body of the Canadian province in which you plan to work upon graduation. It will be your responsibility throughout your studies to ensure you complete the proper requirements in order to practice in Canada.

You must be aware of the required speech pathology (major) and audiology (minor) clinical hours in order to practice in your province. Most programs OzTREKK represents with do not seem to meet Canadian certification requirements “as is.” This means you will be required to arrange and undertake additional clinical and course hours as required to meet Canadian standards.

Visit Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) to familiarize yourself with their requirements for practice in Canada.

What is the competitive GPA?

A cGPA of 80% or higher is considered competitive for OzTREKK’s listed audiology programs. If you have a cGPA 75% or lower, we would not recommend applying.