Frequently Asked Questions:
What does the $125 membership fee cover?
The fee is paid annually to cover operating costs for the association. This includes the cost of maintaining the website, responding to requests for information, and business expenses involved in running a non-profit group. Your membership fees can be claimed as a tax deduction.
Membership requirements include:
- registration with the Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (www.acslpa.ab.ca),
- compliance with ACSLPA’s professional liability insurance requirements,
- and a minimum of 3 years experience as an SLP (post graduation).
Why the 3-year experience criterion?
Our Board discussed this issue at great length. The final decision reflects an intent to protect both the public and the new/recent grad. ASAPP recognizes that by virtue of being a registered member of ACSLPA, each clinician meets the minimum requirements to practice as an SLP in Alberta. As a result, any registered SLP is free to provide these services on a fee-for-service basis. As a private practitioner, however, there are important and varied responsibilities to address within any business. In order to provide the high standards of service demanded by the paying public and expected by our non-private peers, new/recent grads would benefit from focusing on developing their independent clinical skills and judgment before adding the responsibilities of running a practice on their own (i.e. development of clinical forms such as Case Histories, Release of Information; file management; report writing; invoicing, writing contracts) to their clinical load. ACSLPA, both at the Council and Committee levels has supported this criterion for current membership in ASAPP. It is also an assurance to the public that those listed on the roster have some experience.
What are some benefits of ASAPP Membership?
Members receive notices via email of information posted in our Members Forum such as Upcoming Events, Interest Group Meetings, treatment ideas, meeting minutes and financials, employment opportunities, and resources. You can even post questions that other members can reply to.