Urgent Specialized Care


In the province of New Brunswick, an individual must hold a certificate of registration with NBASLPA to perform any component of the practice of audiology or speech-language pathology.  It is an offence under the Act Incorporating The New Brunswick Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (The Act) and An Act Respecting Health Professionals to practice or identify oneself as an audiologist or speech-language pathologist in New Brunswick without being registered with NBASLPA.

Urgent Specialized Care Registration is for the sole purpose of providing short-term specialized audiology or speech-language pathology services from outside of New Brunswick if no local audiologist or speech-language pathologist with the necessary competencies is available to provide such services in a reasonable timeframe or within reasonable geographic proximity to the client, given the circumstances of the situation.

Audiologists or speech-language pathologists from another regulated jurisdiction must apply for an Urgent Specialized Care Registration for the purpose of providing these short-term urgent specialized care services in New Brunswick, whether in person or virtually, if services to be provided exceed 3 hours per clinician per 12-month period.

The Urgent Specialized Care registrant is expected to make all reasonable efforts to refer New Brunswick clients/patients to the equivalent specialized care in New Brunswick for ongoing services.

Audiologists or speech-language pathologists who hold full registration status in another regulated jurisdiction may be granted an Urgent Specialized Care registration for a period not to exceed a cumulative total of 10 hours in a 12-month period from the start date of the Urgent Specialized Care registration.

Registration for Urgent and Specialized Care applies only to the activities described in the application and does not allow practice in any other areas of audiology or speech-language pathology in New Brunswick.

An Urgent Specialized Care Registration requires you to track all direct client/patient care hours whether they are provided virtually or in person. This refers to any direct care you provide to the client/patient or to their caregiver or family. For example, assessments, treatments, care via a support personnel, advice to significant others such as the caregivers and family, consultation to other professionals regarding your client/patient. You must always be prepared to provide this completed form if requested. (Link: USC Tracking Form)

Note: Patient care hours do not include consultation to other professionals regarding their clients or patients.

Application for Urgent Specialized Care Registration

An Urgent Specialized Care Application for Temporary Registration must be completed and submitted to NBASLPA for approval by the Registrar. Please request the application form directly from the NBASLPA Registrar at registrar@nbaslpa.ca.

Your application will only be considered once all documents are received. The following items are required to process your application

  1. A completed Urgent Specialized Care application form (link below).  All required information must be included. Email completed form to: info@nbaslpa.ca.
  2. Verification of registration in good standing from your primary regulated jurisdiction for the duration of the Urgent Specialized Care registration. Form must be sent directly from the regulator to NBASLPA.
  3. 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 police-issued password-protected PDF is also acceptable.
  4. Proof of identity by submitting a copy of a passport or other government-issued photo identification showing current legal name.
  5. Permanent Residency in Canada or Canadian Work Permit if proof of Canadian Citizenship has not been provided by a copy of a valid passport.
  6. 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 virtual 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

Link to download application form: Urgent Specialized Care application form.


Revised October 2022