Applicants Section

Information about how to become an audiologist or speech-language pathologist in the province of Ontario

The College evaluates the credentials of individuals who are applying for registration to practice as audiologists or speech-language pathologists in Ontario.  Learn more about entry to practice, registration requirements, application timelines, and fees.

HOW COVID-19 MAY IMPACT YOUR CASLPO APPLICATION

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Ministry of Health directive, direction to our registrants involves suspending in-person non-essential care.  Learn more, visit CASLPO’s COVID-19 web page.

APPLICATION PROCESSING TIMELINES

All Registration Services will continue to be provided, but adjustments in application processing timelines may be required depending on circumstances. Please be assured that we are all still working as quickly and efficiently in our adapted situation and aim to process applications in a timely manner.  We will contact you as soon as your application has been processed.

We do anticipate that there may be delays during this extraordinary period and we request your patience if you experience any delays in responses to calls and emails or processing times.

We have hundreds of applicants to process and calls and emails requesting updates to the status of your individual application only leads to further delays in processing time.

CHANGES, TIPS AND FAQs

The CASLPO’s Registration team has made the following changes in order to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on your application process. The following outlines those changes, as well as a few tips that you can consider, to reduce the processing time. In addition, you will find some frequently asked questions regarding adaptations related to the COVID-19 pandemic below.

Please note during the pandemic, the direction here supersedes those contained in the application guidelines. Consequently, if they are inconsistencies, you may use the following procedures and policies, until further notice.

MAIL

Courier and hand-delivered packages cannot be received at the College. Please use mail, Xpresspost, or registered mail to deliver your packages. They will be rerouted to an alternative address.  During this time, it will take longer for the College to collect and process mailed documentation, so you should anticipate delays to our timeline. However, emailing in the following manner will help to decrease processing time.

EMAILING DOCUMENTS

To minimize delays, the College will now accept many documents sent to the College via email, so we encourage you to do this when possible.

When submitting your application to the College by email, please merge documents into a single PDF file (or two, if the document is too large to be submitted as a single PDF document), as this will speed up processing, too.  If there is more than one PDF, please indicate so in your cover email.

The following documents may be submitted to the College via email by an applicant:

GRADUATES OF CANADIAN ACCREDITED PROGRAMS:
  • Application Form
  • Proof of Citizenship (birth certificate, passport, permanent residence or work permit)
  • Unofficial graduate transcript*
GRADUATES OF UNACCREDITED CANADIAN PROGRAMS AND INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS:
  • Application Form
  • Proof of Citizenship (birth certificate, passport, permanent residence or work permit)
  • Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts*
  • Coursework Requirements Form
  • Syllabi

*Unofficial transcripts should only be sent if official transcripts are not available due to the pandemic.

UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS

Typically, CASLPO requires an official transcript sent to us directly from the university. However, many applicants are unable to obtain these documents duo to shutdowns within the university departments and offices. For this reason, CASLPO is temporarily accepting unofficial transcripts. Please note that after the pandemic subsides, CASLPO will require all applicants who provided unofficial transcripts to submit their official transcripts to the College.

WHAT IS AN UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT?

The unofficial transcript must include the name of the academic institution, the applicant’s name and indicate all the course names as well as the credit received for each successfully completed course.

An unofficial transcript may be one of the following documents:

  • An academic record obtained from your institution that does not bear the Registrar’s signature nor is it printed on security paper.
  • A hard copy of an original transcript that is not in a university sealed, signature-stamped envelope.
  • An electronic transcript which is printed then re-scanned in an email
WHAT IS AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT?

An official transcript is an academic record that includes all of the course names as well as the credit received for each successfully completed course and is sent directly by mail to CASLPO in a university sealed, signature-stamped envelope.

Some universities provide official electronic transcripts. An electronic transcript is considered an official transcript if the transcript is sent securely by the university or a transcript delivery service and CASLPO is the direct recipient.

CLINICAL PRACTICUM HOURS FORM

GRADUATES OF CANADIAN ACCREDITED PROGRAMS:

A Clinical Practicum Hours form is no longer required for graduates of Canadian accredited programs.

GRADUATES OF UNACCREDITED CANADIAN PROGRAMS AND INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS:

Your Clinical Practicum Hours form may be sent directly to the College via email from your university’s program director (or designate) to registration@caslpo.com.

Please note that the College will not accept a clinical practicum hours form sent via email directly from an applicant.

LETTER VERIFYING DEGREE COMPLETION

A letter verifying the completion of your degree requirements may be sent directly via email from your university’s program director (or designate) to registration@caslpo.com.

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

The following additional services are provided to applicants by the English language proficiency test providers listed below during the pandemic:

TOEFL-iBT

For TOEFL-iBT test takers, Educational Testing Service (ETS) has launched a Special Home Edition during the COVID-19 pandemic.

IELTS

For IELTS test takers, the College will download an applicant’s test scores directly using the IELTS download service.

FAQs

Will the College reduce coursework and/or clinical practicum hours requirements due to difficulty completing some facets of training because of the COVID-19 pandemic disruptions to university programs?

The College understands the concern of graduate students who may not meet CASLPO’s requirements for coursework and clinical practicum hours.  Unfortunately, the College is required to evaluate the course work and practicum hours for those who complete a non-accredited Canadian program or an international program. These coursework and practicum hours are written into our Registration Regulation as “non-exemptible” requirements. which means the College does not have the authority to alter what is identified as “non-exemptible”. Consequently, we are unable to reduce the required number of coursework or clinical practicum hours specified in the Registration Regulation. 

Academic programs are currently looking at ways to accommodate various methods for students to meet CASLPO requirements such as distance education, telepractice options, program extensions, etc. Please consult the program director of your program to learn more about how they will manage program completion.

If you have already completed your academic program and have questions about fulfilling gaps in coursework or practicum hours without the assistance from your university, it is recommended that you contact CASLPO’s International Applications Coordinator before enrolling in a course or starting a clinical placement.

My in-person courses have switched to online learning. Will those coursework hours be accepted by CASLPO?

Yes, CASLPO will accept coursework hours that are taught online.

How can I send you my Application all in one as a PDF document if I don’t have a scanner at home?

If you have an iPhone, the Notes application has the option to act as a scanner and you can send multiple pages as one single document. If you don’t have an iPhone or this function on your smart phone, there are many free scanner apps you can download that will perform in the same way.

Note:  Your scanned document must be legible and must not include any shadows that obscures the documents’ details.  Avoid using highlighter on your documents before scanning as this may make your scanned documents unreadable.

I have questions about the national CETP examination.  Where can I find more information?

Learn more about the CETP Exam here.

If you have more questions about registration, please review our Applicant FAQs.

 

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This website is intended to provide information to the public and registrants. Should there be difference in documentation previously distributed to CASLPO registrants, it is up to the registrant to source the latest version posted on the CASLPO website. Note: the term "member" and "registrant" are used interchangeably throughout CASLPO's website and documents. Both terms are synonymous to "member" as defined in the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Act, 1991, and the Regulations under those Acts.