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.

The AG Bell Academy works 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.

Become a certified LSL Specialist

Guide the next generation of LSL Specialists through mentorship.

Continuing Education
Earn continuing education units towards certification or recertification.

Certification Renewal
Find all the details you need for certification renewal

Academy News and Announcements

For Certified LSL Specialists: Mark your calendar!

Calling All Mentors is back this December!

What’s New with LSLS Mentoring?

The Mentoring Committee has been busy undergoing some changes (including a name change) and we are excited to get back to sharing with the LSL community via our Calling All Mentors meetings. We hope you will join us to hear about the changes, as well as updates regarding the LSL Registry and the new Mentor Guide.

As always, we value your input and are excited to hear from you. We look forward to connecting!

Please register for one option:

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 @ 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. EST
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 @ 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. EST

NEW! Revised Academy Certification Handbook and Revised Academy Mentor Guide

The AG Bell Academy is pleased to offer updated version of the AG Bell Academy Certification Handbook as well as the Mentor Guide.

The revised and updated Certification Handbook includes details about certification with the LSL Registry, the Spanish exam, and revised policies.

Certification Handbook (English) | Manual de certificaión (Español)

The updated Mentor Guide provides certified LSL Specialists with best practices for creating a great working mentoring relationship with those seeking certification.

Mentor Guide (English) | Guía del mentor (Español)

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.

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.