The requirement for full membership in Speech-Language and Audiology Canada is a Masters degree or equivalent in speech-language pathology or audiology. Coursework must cover the areas described in Assessing and Certifying Clinical Competency: Foundations of Practice for Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists.
Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) developed this 2004 edition of Assessing and Certifying Clinical Competency: Foundations of Clinical Practice for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology following a two-year period of broad consultation with clinicians and university faculty. As our knowledge base and scope of practice evolve, periodic revisions of the Foundations of Clinical Practice will be made to ensure that it gives an accurate framework for the training of speech-language pathologists and audiologists. The Foundations of Clinical Practice is designed to be general and flexible, not prescriptive. While it provides a common framework, it allows each Canadian university program to create their own curriculum, building on the unique strengths and interests of their faculty and the network of clinicians that are part of each student’s training. It also serves as the basis for the SAC certification program and national examinations.