Applicants must obtain a permit before becoming a member of the Order. The permit attests that the applicant has met the basic requirements in order to practice the profession of speech-language pathologist or audiologist in Quebec.
A person who holds an OOAQ permit must then register on the membership roll every year in order to be allowed to use the title of Speech-language pathologist or Audiologist and practice these professions.
You can apply for a permit by accessing the Portail OOAQ and clicking on the “Nouvelle demande: candidat ou stagiaire” button. All phases of the application process are explained there. Before submitting your application, we recommend that you read the information below.
What documents are required for a permit application?
This is a photocopy of an original document that is certified as a true copy by the issuer or by a recognized authority of the country or territory that issued the document. Certified true copies of original documents must be clear, legible, and complete.
If you are submitting documents written in languages other than French or English, you must provide a French or English translation, certified as accurate by a member of the Ordre des traducteurs, terminologues et interprètes agréés du Québec (professional order representing translators, terminologists and interpreters in Quebec) or an authorized consular or diplomatic representative.
If you do not have access to a diploma, transcript or course syllabi, you must send a declaration, given under oath, specifying the reasons why these documents are missing from your application for equivalence and confirming the existence of such documents in the past. It would be useful to provide a list of courses you took and a summary of the course content, as the case may be.
All documents submitted to the Order for examination of your file will be digitized and destroyed once your application has been processed. If you send original documents and wish us to return them to you, please specify this in your submission. You will be billed for mailing costs.
What are the costs?
The application fee is $1221.03 (taxes included). This fee is non-refundable.
You may pay the fee by credit card directly through the Portal or by cheque. Your application will not be processed until we receive your payment.
Once your application has been processed, you may register on the membership roll by paying the membership dues, professional liability insurance and contribution to the Office des professions. The amount of the dues is revised annually and varies according to the period of the year when you register. Details regarding charges related to registration on the membership roll for the current year are located in the “Documents” section of the Candidat de l'international page. Please note that when you register for the first time, an admission fee of $250.65 (taxes included) will be charged.
When can I become a member of the Order?
When your file is complete, it will be submitted to the Admissions Committee, in accordance with the Règlement sur les normes d’équivalence aux fins de la délivrance d’un permis par l’Ordre des orthophonistes et audiologistes du Québec and according to the date of its next meeting. Please consult the meeting schedule to determine the best time to submit your application.
Committee members will issue recommendations to the Board of Directors, which will render a final decision regarding your equivalence.
The Board will contact you within 15 days following its decision. You will receive a copy of this decision via email, along with instructions on the procedure to follow and the date on which your permit will be issued.
Since files are submitted to two separate bodies, you must allow at least 6 weeks for processing, not counting vacation periods.
Am I eligible for a temporary permit?
If you do not meet the requirements of the Charter of the French Language regarding the appropriate level of knowledge of French but you do meet the conditions for practice of the profession, you may obtain a temporary permit valid for a maximum of one year.
This “temporary” permit will be issued by the Order, along with a registration form for the French exam given by the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF).
The “temporary” permit may be extended three times with permission from the OQLF. For each renewal, the applicant must sit the exams held in accordance with OQLF regulations. Once these authorized renewal periods have expired, applicants must have passed the OQLF exam in order to obtain a regular permit from the Order.
How can I appeal a decision?
Applicants whose diploma or training equivalence is not recognized by the Board of Directors, or whose training equivalence is only partially recognized, may request a review within 30 days following the date on which they received the Board’s decision. They may then submit their comments in writing or ask to be heard by the members of the Equivalency Review Committee.
Reviews are conducted within 60 days following the date on which the Equivalence Review Committee received the request.
Permit application procedures are independent of immigration procedures. It is important for you to be aware that immigration procedures do not fall under the jurisdiction of professional orders.
Please see our FAQ section: Immigration – for more information.
As specified in the Politique concernant le nom du professionnel et les demandes de changement de nom (Policy regarding a professional name and requests for name changes, in French only) please enter your surname and all given names listed on your supporting documentation. Applicants will be registered on the Order membership roll under the surname and given names they specified on their application forms and must practice their profession under those names.
Once your application for a permit is accepted, you will receive written information specifying the dues you must pay to register on the Membership Roll. Administration fees are required when you register for the first time. Registration on the Membership Roll requires payment of dues and professional liability insurance premiums and must be renewed annually. The registration year begins on April 1 and ends on March 31 of every year. Therefore, for example, if you become a member in September, you will pay only 75% of the dues amount.
Only registration on the Membership Roll of the Order entitles you to use the title of Audiologist or Speech-Language Pathologist and perform reserved professional acts.
By registering, you commit to compliance with the Code of Ethics and Order regulations. You therefore commit to sharing the same high standards with respect to ethics, conduct and professional competence as all other members of your profession.