Clinically certified SAC members are speech-language pathologists and audiologists who have demonstrated a commitment to achieving and maintaining a high level of professional excellence through continuing education. Established in 1987, clinical certification has long been recognized as a respected national professional credential by employers, the public and your peers.
Clinical certification is a voluntary process. Those who have attained clinical certification have met rigorous academic and professional standards, typically going beyond the minimum requirements to practice. They have the knowledge, skills, and expertise to provide high quality clinical services, and they actively engage in ongoing professional development to keep their certification current.
To become clinically certified, candidates must pass the clinical certification exam to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in audiology or speech-language pathology. Clinically certified members must complete continuing education activities on a regular basis, maintain their SAC membership and abide by SAC's Code of Ethics.
Clinical certification is exclusively available to SAC members. At present, more than 5,000 SAC members are clinically certified, indicated by the credentials S-LP(C) or Aud(C).
1. Strive for Excellence
The SAC clinical certification credential shows that you have achieved a high standard of excellence and are committed to staying current in your profession.
2. Stand Out
Include your clinical certification credentials, S-LP(C) or Aud(C), after your name to show the world your commitment to excellence.
3. Employment Opportunities and Advancement
Employers and the public value professionals who have gone beyond the minimum requirements in their training. In fact, some employers exclusively hire clinically certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
4. Private Practice Opportunities
When visiting a private practice, consumers are more likely to select a professional who is clinically certified over one who is not. In addition, some insurance companies only offer reimbursement for services that have been provided by a clinically certified S-LP or audiologist.
5. Recognized in Canada and Abroad
Many international employers and associations recognize clinical certification as evidence that you meet the requirements for recognition in another country. Learn more.
There are three steps to becoming clinically certified:
Step # 1: Apply to write the SAC Clinical Certification Exam
Step # 2: Write and pass the SAC Clinical Certification Exam
Step # 3: Submit the following documentation to SAC:
- Your university transcript, indicating the degree you have earned.
- Completed and signed clinical hours form:
Document submission deadlines:
Canadian-educated candidates must submit these documents by the end of the calendar year in which they passed the exam.
Internationally-educated candidates who have written the exam at the request of a regulatory body must submit these documents within 12 months of passing the exam.
Once we have processed your documentation, you will receive a clinical certification certificate and can begin using your certification credentials — S-LP(C) or Aud(C) — in your professional signature.
There are three requirements for maintaining clinical certification with SAC. If you are a certified member, you must:
- Renew your SAC membership annually.
- Accumulate 45 Continuing Education Equivalents (CEEs) in each 3-year certification cycle.*
- Declare your clinical certification maintenance at the end of your 3-year cycle (new as of 2016).
- Please note: If you are in Cycle C (2015-2016-2017), as part of your 2018 renewal process you will be prompted to declare the maintenance of your clinical certification.
*Your 3-year cycle begins the January after you received your certificate of clinical certification.
We have created a downloadable CEE Tracking Form to help members keep track of their continuing education activities.
Q: Is clinical certification the same as being licensed to practice?
A: No. Clinical certification is not a license to practice. Provincial colleges, who protect the public, offer licenses or registrations to individuals who meet entry-to-practice requirements.
If you work in a regulated province, you will need to apply for registration with the college even if you are clinically certified.
In unregulated provinces, employers may require SAC clinical certification. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with provincial and employer requirements.
Q: Is SAC clinical certification mandatory to work in Canada?
A: No. SAC clinical certification is a voluntary credential that indicates professional excellence. It is not required for registration with provincial regulatory bodies.
Q: Will I be decertified if I don’t pay my SAC membership fees?
A: Yes. One of the requirements of maintaining clinical certification is that you renew your membership annually. There is no additional cost for clinical certification — certified members pay the same membership fee as non-certified members.
Q: Can I be a member of SAC without being certified?
A: Yes. You can still enjoy the benefits of SAC membership if you do not wish to become certified or keep your clinical certification.
Q: I used to be clinically certified. How can I get my certification back?
A: You must complete the clinical certification process again, which includes writing and passing the clinical certification exam.
Q: How do I request an SAC Letter of Good Standing?