Graduates of International and Non-accredited Canadian Programs
Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the New Brunswick Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (NBASLPA). In the province of New Brunswick, an individual must become a registered member of NBASLPA prior to starting work as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist. It is an offence under the Act Incorporating The New Brunswick Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists and An Act Respecting Health Professionals to practice or identify yourself as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist in New Brunswick without being registered with NBASLPA.
Please read the instructions listed below before beginning your application with NBASLPA as it will explain how to apply and what documents are required. Payment of applicable fees is not required until documents are uploaded so it is advisable to begin this process early as it may take time to complete or obtain all required documents. After documents and payment are submitted, the average turnaround time is 3 months.
Your application will only be considered once all documents have been received. The following items are required to process your application.
- Completed Application Form
- Criminal records check. Form must be original, notarized, and within 6 months of issue. Upon your request, NBASLPA can provide a letter for you to submit to the police. Form must be mailed to NBASLPA (PO Box 23113, Moncton, NB E1A 6S8). We will make a copy and return the original to you. A digital criminal records check that can be authenticated is also acceptable.
- Credential Evaluation from World Education Services (Course-by-Course Report) Report must be sent directly from WES to NBASLPA.
- Proof of meeting the National Language Proficiency Standards in French and/or English. You can meet the language proficiency requirements in one of the following ways:
- Graduation from a program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Canadian University Programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CACUP). Proof includes official academic documentation (diploma, transcripts) sent directly from the university to NBASLPA.
- Proof of completion of an audiology or speech-language pathology university degree in English and/or French. Proof includes your academic credential assessment report which should include language of didactic and clinical instruction, or an official attestation sent directly from the university to NBASLPA.
- Required minimum score on a standardized language fluency test in either English or French. All components of the test must be completed using the same test. Testing must be completed within the two years prior to application and sent directly from the testing agency to the NBASLPA. Please refer to the table below for test options and minimum test score requirements.
- Completed Coursework Summary Form - Summary of completed undergraduate and Master’s degree academic coursework. Download the form by clicking here.
- Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate education specifically in speech-language pathology and/or audiology sent directly from university. If transcripts are not available, we will accept an official letter from the University confirming completion of Master’s degree or equivalent program with date of graduation signed by the Director of the University Program and sent from the University directly to NBASLPA.
- Official Clinical practicum hours form (must be endorsed by practicum coordinator / director of university program) sent directly from University to NBASLPA. It must be clear from which degree the clinical hours were obtained.
- A copy of or link to a handbook, syllabus, or calendar that provides a description of your university program of study, including your clinical practicum hours, for every course listed on the coursework form (requirement #5). The copy or link to the handbook, syllabus, or calendar must be from the semester in which the course was taken, and match the dates found on your official transcripts. If the dates do not align, and there is a question of the validity of the content and/or hours, NBASLPA may request a letter from your program director. The syllabus (or equivalent) must contain course description and total number of lecture hours. Conversion rates from credits to lecture hours must be included.
- If you are not a new graduate, you must provide letters from current and previous employers listing job title and dates of employment as verification of clinical practice or relevant work in speech-language pathology or audiology during the three years immediately preceding the date on which NBASLPA received your application (sent directly from employer to NBASLPA).
- Two (2) character reference letters (values, morals, conduct) from individuals who have known you for at least two years (e.g., SLP, audiologist, colleague, supervisor, professor, recent employer) - no family members, classmates, or friends, or anyone who might benefit from you becoming registered with NBASLPA. Letters must be dated within 60 days of application to NBASLPA. Letters can be sent via email (with original signature/contact info) to NBASLPA from the referee, or directly to NBASLPA by mail.
- If you have ever been registered as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist in a regulated province in Canada and are no longer registered in that jurisdiction, or if you are currently or have ever been registered in a country other than Canada, you must provide an official Verification of Registration in good standing from those jurisdictions or countries. The official Verification of Registration in good standing must be sent directly from the regulatory body to NBASLPA.
- Proof of identity by submitting a copy of a passport or other government-issued photo identification showing current legal name.
- Proof of permanent residency in Canada or Canadian Work Permit if Canadian Citizenship not provided by valid passport. A Canadian Work Permit can be submitted after your application and documents have been reviewed, but must be submitted prior to being provided with registration with NBASLPA.
- Successful completion of the Canadian Entry-to-Practice Exam for Speech-Language Pathologists/Audiologists (CETP Exam - AUD/SLP). Once NBASLPA has reviewed your application and documents and you are deemed eligible to write the CETP exam, we will provide your name and email to the exam vendor (SAC – Speech-Language & Audiology Canada), and you will be sent a link to register for the earliest exam date. The CETP exam is offered by the SAC three times per year, in the spring, summer and fall.
- Certified translation of all documents if received in a language other than English or French. Both translation and original documents must be provided. Please see the list of accepted translators below.
- Proof of current personal professional liability insurance (PLI) with a minimum amount of $2,000,000. The PLI certificate must contain the applicant’s name, profession, statement verifying validity in New Brunswick for in-person and/or telepractice services, and coverage dates for insurance providers other than those listed on the NBASLPA website, whose compliance with these requirements have been confirmed by the Registrar. All PLI must have an extended discovery and reporting period of a minimum of two years. Refer to document: PLI requirements
- A non-refundable application processing fee of $1000. This fee must accompany your application for registration and is applicable whether your application for registration is accepted, rejected/denied or incomplete. Please send payment by e-transfer to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- A membership activation fee of $300. This fee is applicable each time a new membership is activated and will only be charged in the event your application for registration is approved by NBASLPA.
- An annual membership fee of $500 ($250 after August 31). This fee will only be applied if/when your application for registration is approved.
- Once membership has been approved, a completed Database Form must be submitted. This form is required for government purposes and will be provided to you by the NBASLPA office.
NBASLPA accepts document translations from:
- The consulate, high commission, or embassy (in Canada) of the country that issued the document.
- A Canadian consulate, high commission, or embassy in the country from which you emigrated.
- A translator who is certified by a member organization of the Canadian Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters Council (CTTIC)
Go to http://www.cttic.org/about-us for a list of member organizations that provide names of translators who are certified. Confirm that the translator is a certified member of their organization and certified to translate into English or French from the language of your document(s).
- A translator accredited by a federal, provincial, or municipal government in Canada.
All translations must be original and accompanied by the translator's statement confirming:
- That the translation is accurate and authentic.
- That the translator belongs to one of the categories listed above (identification number and/or seal, name, address, and telephone number of the translator are required).
- The full, printed name and signature of the translator.
LANGUAGE TESTS WE ACCEPT
You can take any of these approved language tests:
|Language Test||TOEFL inter-net based test (iBT)||IELTS (AC or GT)||Test d’évaluation du français (TEF) or TEF Canada
|Required Minimum Score||Speaking: 26
|Expression orale (speaking): 371
Compréhension orale (listening): 298
Compréhension écrite (reading): 248
Expression écrite (writing): 371
Updated October 2022
I do not have a Canadian work permit – will my application be denied?
- Although we require proof of an applicant’s eligibility to work in Canada, we do not ask for proof to be submitted until after the applicant has been deemed eligible for registration.
- We will assess whether an international applicant is eligible for registration before the applicant has immigrated to Canada. The applicant must provide a copy of the work permit or proof of permanent residency or citizenship, however, before we will issue a license to practice speech-language pathology or audiology in New Brunswick.
- We can write a letter in support of an applicant who has been deemed eligible for registration if they are actively looking for a job prior to having obtained a Canadian work permit. This letter can be provided to potential employers to assure them that the applicant is eligible for a license to practice speech-language pathology or audiology in New Brunswick once proof of eligibility to work in Canada has been provided.
I would like to move to New Brunswick and work as an Audiologist or Speech-Language Pathologist. What are the steps involved in applying for registration and a visa?
- Apply for eligibility for registration with the New Brunswick Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (NBALSPA). Registration requirements can be found here: Graduates of International & Non-Accredited Canadian Programs – NBASLPA
- Once your application and documents have been reviewed by the Registrar and the Registration and Competence Committee, and you are deemed eligible for registration and have paid all fees, you will then apply to immigration for your work visa. See (Provincial Immigration Programs (welcomenb.ca) and (Credentials Recognized (welcomenb.ca).
- Once you have obtained your work visa and provided proof of your work visa to NBASLPA, you will be issued a registration number which will legally entitle you to practice speech-language pathology or audiology in the Province of New Brunswick.
- Apply for a job - once you have obtained a position and have relocated to Canada, you will be required to provide proof of personal professional liability insurance as per NBASLPA requirements prior to starting work.
I do not have a Master’s degree - Will my application be denied?
NBASLPA will review and consider for registration internationally educated speech-language pathologists and audiologists with coursework and clinical practice hours that are deemed to be substantially equivalent to accredited Canadian graduate programs.
Applicants for registration with NBASLPA must have either:
- a professional graduate degree in audiology or speech-language pathology from a Canadian university program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Canadian University Programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology;
- a degree in audiology or speech-language pathology from a program that is determined by the Registration and Competence Committee to contain coursework and clinical practice hours equivalent to accredited Canadian graduate programs.
NBASLPA recognizes that many international programs are offered at the Bachelor's degree level only, but may contain coursework and clinical practice hours that are substantially equivalent to the accredited Canadian graduate programs, and as such we will review and consider internationally educated speech-language pathologists and audiologists with a Bachelor's degree. There is some coursework, however, that is required at the graduate level, but these can often be obtained through approved online courses in addition to the Bachelor's degree. You can review the Coursework Summary Form to see where you might have gaps in equivalency and obtain the required areas of coursework. This will not, however, guarantee that you will be deemed eligible for registration.
After review of an application from an international program, should there be any coursework/equivalents that are missing, we may still provide a license to practice with restriction or limitations in certain areas of scope or populations until the applicant can obtain the required coursework or practicum hours, and/or we may require the applicant to practice under supervision until the missing coursework has been obtained.
In addition, all applicants must write and pass the Canadian Entry-to-Practice Exam through Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) as a registration requirement. You would apply to NBASLPA first and after we have determined that you are eligible for registration, we would submit your name to SAC for you to register for the exam. All applicants have 3 consecutive attempts to pass the exam. If the applicant does not achieve a passing score on the first attempt, they are then required to practice under supervision until they pass the exam on one of the next 2 attempts. If the applicant does not obtain a passing score on the third attempt, their license is revoked, and they can no longer practice in New Brunswick. They will be permitted to reapply after 12 months.
Please review the Coursework summary form. Completion of this form will allow you to see which coursework equivalencies you may be missing. This coursework summary form would also be submitted for review by the Registration and Competence Committee and does not guarantee eligibility for registration with NBASLPA.