Certification Exam

The SAC Clinical Certification Exam is the first step on the road to earning SAC Clinical Certification (learn about the other steps.)

Apply to Write the Exam

Applying as a SAC member/associate*:

*SAC members registering with the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC (CSHHPBC): To have SAC send a letter to CSHHPBC regarding whether you were successful or unsuccessful on the current exam, you must also complete the “permission for disclosure” form. You are required to submit this form by the exam application deadline.

Applying at the request of your regulatory body:


Who Can Write the Exam? 

The SAC Clinical Certification Exam is offered to: 

  • SAC Student Associates who have completed all course work requirements and are anticipating graduation in the calendar year of the exam
  • SAC members in good standing
  • Internationally educated individuals writing at the request of SAC or a Canadian regulatory/licensing body.

NOTE: You must be a full member or student associate in good standing to earn SAC Clinical Certification. Become a member now.


SAC Members


At Canadian designated sites


At Canadian non-designated sites


At non-Canadian sites




Applicants writing at the request of
a regulatory body at designated sites


Applicants writing at the request of
a regulatory body at non-designated sites



Dates & Deadlines


Application Deadline

Deadline for Changes or Postponements

Deadline for Cancellations
(to receive a refund minus $50)

Deadline for Cancellations
(to receive a 50% refund)

2017 Fall Exam:
Saturday, September 9, 2017

June 30, 2017
Midnight (EDT)

July 31, 2017
Midnight (EDT)

July 31, 2017
Midnight (EDT)

August 20, 2017
Midnight (EDT)

2018 Spring Exam:
Saturday, March 24, 2018

January 31, 2018
Midnight (EST)

February 15, 2018
Midnight (EST)

February 15, 2018
Midnight (EST)

March 10, 2018
Midnight (EST)

2018 Fall Exam:
Saturday, September 8, 2018

June 30, 2018
Midnight (EDT)

July 31, 2018
Midnight (EDT)

July 31, 2018
Midnight (EDT)

August 20, 2018
Midnight (EDT)


NOTE: Applications must be received at the SAC office by the deadline. Absolutely no exceptions or extensions.  

Withdrawing From the Exam


  • Requests for cancellations must be received in writing. 
  • Requests for cancellations received prior to the posted deadlines will receive the appropriate refund (see chart above).
  • Requests for cancellations received after the posted deadline will not be refunded.


  • Requests for postponements must be received in writing. 
  • Requests for postponements received prior to the posted deadline will be postponed to the next exam date. 
  • Requests for postponements received after the posted deadline will not be accepted.
  • Exams can be postponed only once.
  • Candidates whose exam is postponed:
    • Must write at the next exam.
    • Must apply for the next exam prior to the application deadline.
    • Do not qualify for a refund or another postponement.


  • Request for changes must be received in writing.
  • Requests for changes received prior to the posted deadlines will be accommodated.
  • Requests for changes received after the posted deadline will not be accommodated.
  • Change requests may include:
    • location of examination (request to non-designated site must be received prior examination application deadline);
    • language in in which you write the examination; and
    • copy of exam in alternate language.

Extenuating Circumstances:

  • If you are unable to write the exam due to circumstances beyond your control, you must submit written evidence of your circumstances to SAC (certification@sac-oac.ca). A refund or a postponement may be provided at the discretion of SAC's Chief Executive Officer. Circumstances considered include illness and a death in the family.

Designated Exam Sites


British Columbia


New Brunswick

Newfoundland & Labrador
St. John's

Northwest Territories

Nova Scotia


Prince Edward Island

Quebec City




Non-Designated Sites

In exceptional circumstances, SAC may grant a candidate's request to write at a non-designated site. To determine your eligibility, contact the SAC office prior to the application deadline. 

In the event that SAC grants your request to write at a non-designated site,

  • SAC will be responsible for arranging for an approved invigilator and exam site. However, SAC may request that candidates requesting to write in international locations assist in finding an invigilator. 
  • Invigilators must be SAC Clinical Certified Clinicians or SAC-approved professionals. 

Special Accommodation Requests

Candidates may request special accommodations and arrangements (including religious restrictions) for the exam. To apply for special accommodation, candidates must submit all of the following documentation by the exam application deadline and at the same time:

  • exam application (paper application only);
  • special accommodation application; and
  • supporting documentation (letter from their University outlining requirements granted for testing at the University).

All special accommodation requests are subject to approval by the Director of Speech-Language Pathology and Standards on a case-by-case basis. Candidates will be notified of the decision in writing. Additional charges may apply.



Phone: 1.800.259.8519

Email: certification@sac-oac.ca