Paths to Certification

The AG Bell Academy maintains a Certification Handbook that is regularly updated. LSL Specialist candidates and their mentors are encouraged to read the Certification Handbook at the beginning of the certification process and to refer to it often during the certification process.

Eligibility Requirements to Take the Exam

  • Academic: Current requirements include a professional degree (or equivalent) in the following fields: Audiology, deaf Education, or Speech-Language Pathology.
  • Credential/licensure: This requirement may be met prior to and/or during the 36 to 60 month certification period.
  • Continuing education: Fifty percent (50%) of the required continuing education hours may be met prior to the beginning the 36 to 60 month certification period, but at least 50% of the required continuing education hours must be met during the 36 to 60 month certification period.
  • A formal written description of auditory-verbal practice: This requirement must be completed during the 36 to 60 month certification period and is typically completed as part of the application process.
  • Professional experience: This requirement is typically met during the 36 to 60 month certification period; however, exceptions may be made for students nearing confirmation of their qualifying degree.
  • Mentoring by a certified LSL Specialist: This requirement must be completed during the 36 to 60 month certification period.
  • Professional and parent letters of recommendation: This requirement must be completed during the 36 to 60 month certification period and is typically completed as part of the application process.

Download the Certification Handbook to review full details of the eligibility requirements.

Submit the Completed Application

Applications are reviewed by the AG Bell Academy’s Certification Committee for eligibility to take the exam. Candidates will be notified by the Academy upon completion of the review, approximately 30 days before the next scheduled exam quarter. Candidates must indicate when they intend to take the exam in their application.

Prepare for the LSL Specialist Exam

The AG Bell Academy has provided a wide range of resources to help LSL Specialist candidates, including suggested reading materials, a blueprint of the nine LSLS domains of knowledge, and a practice exam.

Take the Certification Exam

The exam contains 200 questions. Candidates have four hours to take the exam. 175 specific questions are scored to calculate the final exam score. The 25 remaining questions are beta/test questions that are intermittently listed across the exam. Beta questions are undifferentiated from regular questions, therefore candidates should plan to respond to all 200 questions. Beta questions responses do not count towards the final exam score.

Please review the Exam FAQs for additional details about test administration and grading. Candidates can expect their exam results within 24 hours of the exam completion.