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

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.