Teaching the World to Hear and Speak

As a student or professional serving the deaf or hard of hearing, this is your online home. Here, teachers of the deaf, speech-language pathologists, and audiologists will find valuable resources, information about LSLS certification, opportunities for continuing education, and a community of members with whom you can connect and share information.


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Volta Voices

Receive a subscription to our award-winning, quarterly magazine featuring actionable and useful articles on a wide range of clinical, educational and professional topics, including hearing loss, education, technology, listening and spoken language, and family support.

The Volta Review

Receive a subscription to the renowned scholarly journal in the field of hearing loss and listening and spoken language. Our peer-reviewed, professional research journal details the latest research in speech and language development, hearing technology, early intervention, and hearing health. 

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LSL Leading Edge 

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Directory of Services Listing

AG Bell is committed to helping you foster trust and collaborative relationships with the families you serve with an array of valuable resources, including listings in our searchable directory of services.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Earn CEUs and receive discounted registration to our Listening and Spoken Language symposia, biennial conventions and Listening and Spoken Language Workshop Series. Plus, receive $100 off Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS) exam fees.

The LSLS Certification

The AG Bell Academy is the global leader in Listening and Spoken Language Certification. The requirements for the Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS) Certification set universal professional standards for knowledge and practical experience providing listening and spoken language intervention for children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families. The LSLS exam is defensible and verifiable and follows National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA) standards.

Want to become certified? Download your certification application today.

How to Apply for the LSLS Certification

In order to become a certified LSLS, professionals seeking certification must demonstrate their eligibility and pass their written examination. To be eligible to take the LSLS examination, professionals seeking certification must demonstrate satisfactory completion of the Certification Route for their intended designation, within three to five years after completion of their academic degree.


Prepare for the Examination

You must meet the eligibility requirements outlined in the LSLS application materials. These requirements must be met over a three to five year timeframe. Completions of requirements in the following areas are required for eligibility to take the written examination:  

  • Academic*
  • Credential/licensure
  • Continuing education
  • A formal written description of auditory-verbal practice
  • Professional experience
  • Mentoring by a certified LSLS professional
  • Letters of recommendation

*Professionals seeking certification must have one of the following academic degrees: bachelors degree, masters degree or international equivalent in audiology, speech-language pathology or education of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Download an Application 

These packets contain eligibility requirements to become a LSLS Cert. AVEd™ or LSLS Cert. AVT™. 

Watch the Application Overview Webinar  

A free online tutorial with helpful information for anyone beginning the LSLS application process. This course has been pre-approved for .5 LSLS CEUs.

Download the Certification Handbook  

The LSLS Certification Handbook provides in-depth information on the LSLS application procedures and eligibility requirements, LSLS written exam, academy policies and procedures, recertification information and helpful FAQs.


Submit Your Completed Application

Applications are reviewed by the Academy’s Certification Committee for eligibility to take the exam.

Upload your LSLS application


Take the LSLS Examination

LSLS examination schedule for 2018 is below.

April-June 2018  Application deadline: 2/16/18 

July-Sept 2018 Application deadline: 05/04/18 

Oct-Dec 2018 Application deadline: 08/24/18

Find a Kryterion testing center.

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Alexander Graham Bell Association
for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

3417 Volta Place NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

Tel: 202-337-5220
TTY: 202-337-5221
Fax: 202-337-8314

[email protected]

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Our Mission

Working globally to ensure that people who are deaf and hard of hearing can hear and talk. 

We want all families to be informed and supported, professionals to be appropriately qualified to teach and help children with hearing loss, public policy leaders to effectively address the needs of people with hearing loss, and communities to be empowered to help their neighbors with hearing loss succeed.