OCCUPATION INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Who is the regulatory body responsible for Audiologists in Alberta?
- What are the registration requirements for internationally educated Audiologists?
- What is the role of the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA)?
- What are the educational requirements for Audiologists in Alberta?
- What is the accepted English language proficiency test and where can I be tested?
- What information resources are available for Audiologists in Alberta?
In Alberta, you must be registered with the Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (ACSLPA) in order to practice as an audiologist and use the protected titles of the profession (Audiologist, Aud., R.Aud).
Internationally educated Audiologists are required to have:
Masters degree or equivalent in Audiology
Minimum of 350 supervised clinical practicum hours obtained in the academic degree
A language proficiency test (TOEFL) if your first language is not English or language of instruction is not English
Professional liability insurance
Letters of reference
Internationally educated applicants are required to undergo assessment of their credentials and must take a certification examination, offered by Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA)
Upon successful completion of ACSLPA assessment and national certification exam, applicants may apply to ACSLPA for registration and a practice permit.
What is the role of the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA)?
CASLPA offers a certification exam for Audiologists (and one for Speech-Language Pathologists), which may be written by internationally trained applicants, at ACSLPA’s request. ACSLPA completes the assessment of the coursework of the applicant, which must cover the areas described in the document Assessing and Certifying Clinical Competency: Foundations of Practice for Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists (found on the CASLPA website under Certification).
Applicants must also complete an application for the International Qualifications Assessment Service along with a waiver that must be signed by the applicant so that the report on the assessment can be forwarded to ACSLPA.
The exam is offered twice a year; applicants have up to three chances to successfully complete the exam. Applicants are encouraged to be aware of exam fees, registration deadlines, locations, and turnaround time of exam results. The CASLPA website provides this information, as well as recommended resources to prepare for the exam. Applicants may chose to become members of CASLPA after passing the exam and being registered with ACSLPA.
(Note: Regulatory bodies compare international education and experience to Canadian standards)
In Canada, the minimum education requirement for audiologists is a master's degree in Audiology. Admission to master's degree programs generally requires an acceptable average in a four year bachelor's degree program with specified courses.
In Canada, master's degree programs in Audiology are offered by:
- University of Western Ontario in London
- University of British Columbia in Vancouver
- Dalhousie University in Halifax
- University of Montreal (instruction in French)
- University of Ottawa (instruction in French)
An internship in a hospital, private hearing clinic, rehabilitation centre or health care facility is required before graduation.
Universities and colleges throughout Alberta offer bachelor's degree programs that can provide suitable preparation for a master's degree program in Audiology. Admission requirements for bachelor's degree programs vary from one post-secondary institution and program to another.
Additional Occupational Information
For more information on occupational duties and wages, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service at www.alis.gov.ab.ca and search for Audiologist under occupational information.
Applicants must also provide proof of English Language fluency by taking a TOEFL test. To learn more about where to take an English language proficiency test in Alberta, visit English Language Proficiency Tests and Locations.
Canadian Academy of Audiology
Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA)
Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (ACSLPA)
Last Updated: June 2009