The AG Bell Academy for
Listening and Spoken Language

The AG Bell Academy exists to ensure that children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families have access to listening and spoken language services from knowledgeable, skilled, credentialed providers. The Academy works to make this a reality for families through its mission, to advance listening and talking through standards of excellence and certification of professionals.

Since 2005, the AG Bell Academy has worked to increase the number of certified auditory-verbal practitioners (denoted as LSLS Cert. AVT and LSLS Cert. AVEd) so that children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families will have access to qualified professionals in their immediate geographic area. The AG Bell Academy is an independently governed, subsidiary corporation of The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing headquartered in Washington D.C.

Earn designation as a certified LSL Specialist through the AG Bell Academy’s high stakes certification exam.

Guide the next generation of LSL Specialists through mentorship.

Continuing Education
Find opportunities to earn continuing education units towards certification or recertification.

Review all the necessary information for certification renewal

Academy News and Announcements

Applications for The Doreen Pollack AVT and the AG Bell AVEd Scholarships Are Now Open!

The AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language is pleased to offer two scholarships for professionals seeking certification as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialists (LSLS®). The Doreen Pollack LSLS Cert. AVT® Scholarship and the AG Bell AVEd Scholarship each financially supports the recipients’ during their final year of the certification process as they work to fulfill requirements, such as covering mentoring and continuing education costs, as well as covers the cost of the certification exam.

Applications are due April 29, 2022.

Learn more about the Doreen Pollack LSLS Cert. AVT® Scholarship
Learn more about the AG Bell AVEd Scholarship

Change to F-1 Form—Mentor’s Observation Form

The F-1 form has been revised to include one addition to the rating key. The updated version of the F-1 (found here) now includes five (5) options for evaluation of each skill or behavior listed on the form. Each option includes a short explanation within parentheses. The addition to the key of a rating of “Progressing” was made based on feedback from mentors who have indicated a need for a rating between “Emerging” and “Mastered.” Mentors who are currently working with professionals seeking certification do not need to replace F-1 forms that have already been completed; however, the new form should be used going forward. Questions can be sent to

AG Bell Academy’s COVID-19 Response

Review AG Bell Academy’s COVID-19 Response and stay up to date with questions, concerns, and resources to help. Click here to learn more.

LSL Registry

The Academy for Listening and Spoken Language has launched its Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) Registry. Yes, the certification process is now digital! Click here to learn more!

Notice to Professionals Who Began Pursuing LSLS Certification Prior to March 2020

For reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic, some professionals have found it difficult to fulfill requirements as planned related to pursuing LSLS certification. A number of professionals have expressed concern that they will not be able to complete their certification (as intended) within the 3-to-5 year timeframe due to issues created by the pandemic.

For this reason, effective May 2021, a professional who began working towards certification prior to March 2020 can have up to 6 years to complete their certification requirements IF the reason or reasons for the extension of one year (to six years in total) was created due to hardship caused by the pandemic. An eligible professional will simply need to add a short of letter of explanation to their certification application materials at the time of application. That letter should briefly outline the impact of the pandemic on their pursuit of certification (e.g., My caseload was reduced in 2020) and the need for extended time.