International Assessment

International Assessment Application Information

Before commencing your application to SAC, please note that the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology are regulated in most Canadian provinces. If you plan to work in a province in which the professions are regulated, ensure you contact the regulatory body. Employers in provinces and territories without regulatory bodies may require SAC membership and clinical certification.

SAC generally recommends that internationally educated professionals register with the relevant regulatory body (if applicable) before applying for SAC membership.

The SAC International Assessment Process is as follows:

  1. Review SAC academic and clinical requirements.
  2. Arrange assessment of your academic credentials by the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS; request the Specialized Assessment) or the World Education Services (WES; request the Course-by-Course Report). Please sign the release that allows IQAS or WES to share the assessment report with SAC.
  3. Complete the SAC Application for Assessment.
  4. Send an official copy of the documents below to SAC along with a non-refundable payment of $500* Canadian.
    1. Official degree transcripts;
    2. Complete course descriptions including hours of study;
    3. Verified signed record of clinical practicum hours;
    4. Official translations of the documents if they are not in English or French.

SAC will begin your assessment when all documents and fees are received, including the IQAS or WES report. Once all documents and fees are received, the SAC assessment will be completed within 8-12 weeks. Official documents such as transcripts will not be returned to the applicant. 

  1. Write the SAC Clinical Certification Exam if the SAC assessment shows that you meet the academic and clinical practicum requirements for membership. If you pass the clinical certification exam, you are also eligible for SAC Clinical Certification.

SAC Academic and Clinical Requirements

Master's degree or equivalent in speech-language pathology or audiology.


For many Internationally Trained Professionals (ITPs), the cost of licensing exams, training and skills upgrading can present a barrier to credential recognition. The Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) Loan Project provides financial assistance to ITPs to lessen some of these burdens. For more information, please visit the Foreign Credential Recognition Loan Project website.