International Recognition: SAC MRAs

ASHA CCC holders in audiology, click here. 

SAC has signed a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) which came into effect January 2009 and which applies to the following membership categories and associations:

  • SAC certified speech-language pathologists,
  • Certificate holders of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA),
  • Certified Members of the Royal College of Speech &Language Therapists (RCSLT),
  • Certified Practicing Speech Pathologists of Speech Pathology Australia (SPA),
  • Full Members of the Irish Association of Speech-Language Therapists (IASLT),
  • Full Members the New Zealand Speech Therapists' Association (NZSTA)

This agreement recognizes that our six associations have substantially equivalent credentials for membership or certification; and, therefore, it is possible for certified members of one association to be recognized by the other associations.

This agreement is not one of reciprocal recognition of qualifications. The agreement is not extended to provincial, state or country licensing/registration, nor does it assure immigration or employment in the new country.

If you are interested in working in a specific state, province/territory or country, you will need to apply to any licensing authority in that area. The professional associations will be able to refer interested applicants to the relevant licensing authorities.

Application

Download the MRA Application for Assessment.

Association-Specific Details

The following is information for speech-language pathology applicants who wish to apply for SAC membership under the MRA with: ASHA, IASLT, NZSTA, RCSLT or SPAASHA CCC holders in audiology, click here. 

For more information and links to required forms and documents, please visit Information for Internationally-Educated Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.

For ASHA CCC-SLP holders:

  1. SAC MRA Application and MRA application fee: The applicant must submit this application with the application fee.
  2. SAC membership application: The applicant must complete either an electronic or paper membership application with the appropriate fees. (Transcripts and clinical hours not required.)
  3. ASHA Letter of Good Standing: The applicant must contact ASHA to have a formal letter attesting to current certification standing sent on letterhead directly from ASHA to SAC.

For Full Members of IASLT:

  1. SAC MRA Application and MRA application fee: The applicant must submit this application with the application fee.
  2. Letter of Good Standing from IASLT: The applicant must contact IASLT and have a formal letter attesting to current membership standing sent on letterhead directly to SAC.
  3. SAC Clinical Certification Exam Application: The applicant must submit a paper exam application. The exam is written twice a year (spring and fall). The dates, deadlines and costs for the application are posted on the SAC website. The exam can be written in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the UK by special arrangement.

For Full Members of NZSTA:

  1. SAC MRA Application and MRA application fee: The applicant must submit this application with the application fee.
  2. Letter of Good Standing from NZSTA: The applicant must contact NZSTA and have a formal letter attesting to current membership standing sent on letterhead directly to SAC.
  3. SAC Clinical Certification Exam Application: The applicant must submit a paper exam application. The exam is written twice a year (spring and fall). The dates, deadlines and costs for the application are posted on the SAC website. The exam can be written in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the UK by special arrangement.

For Certified Members of the RCSLT:

  1. SAC MRA Application and MRA application fee: The applicant must submit this application with the application fee.
  2. Letter of Good Standing from RCSLT: The applicant must contact RCSLT and have a formal letter attesting to current certification standing sent on letterhead directly to SAC.
  3. SAC Clinical Certification Exam Application: The applicant must submit a paper exam application. The exam is written twice a year (spring and fall). The dates, deadlines and costs for the application are posted on the SAC website. The exam can be written in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the UK by special arrangement.

For Certified Practicing Speech Pathologists(CPSP) from Speech Pathology Australia:

  1. SAC MRA Application and MRA application fee: The applicant must submit this application with the application fee.
  2. Letter of Good Standing from Speech Pathology Australia: The applicant must contact Speech Pathology Australia and have a formal letter attesting to current certification standing sent on letterhead directly to SAC.
  3. SAC Clinical Certification Exam Application: The applicant must submit a paper exam application. The exam is written twice a year (spring and fall). The dates, deadlines and costs for the application are posted on the SAC website. The exam can be written in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the UK by special arrangement.

Questions?

Carla Di Gironimo
Director of Speech-Language Pathology and Standards
carla@sac-oac.ca
1.800.259.8519 ext. 232