In 2008, a Mutual Recognition Agreement was created to support internationally trained Speech-Language Pathologists in pursuing a career abroad. The MRA was signed between the professional bodies in the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.
In a nutshell, the MRA states that if full membership or certification in speech-language pathology has been awarded through one professional body, then all other professional bodies affiliated with the MRA recognize the certified individual as being qualified to work in their country.
So what qualifications are required in one country in order to be recognized by another?
What the MRA does not guarantee:
Though the professional bodies of these 6 countries recognize the certification or full membership qualifications as equivalent, the clinician wishing to move abroad must possess or obtain:
- The appropriate visa or citizenship to legally work in the country
- Licensure or registration required by the country, state, or territories.
So how do you apply and what additional requirements are needed in these 6 countries?
Those clinicians wishing to apply for full membership or certification must do so through the New Association’s national office. So for example, if you are an US citizen who is ASHA certified and you are applying for certification in Australia, apply through Speech Pathology Australia.
Application materials include:
- An application form and fees of the New Association
- A letter of good standing from your Home Association which shows you are fully certified
- A signed declaration of disclosure regarding legal matters (i.e.- convictions, misconduct, etc.)
- A signed statement of consent allowing disciplinary boards to share legal information if necessary.
Additional requirements specific to each professional body can be found on pages 6-9 of the Mutual Recognition Agreement.