The agreement allows members of signatory associations to apply for mutual recognition of their qualifications from another association of signatories. The condition of substantial equivalence is the basis of the agreement, i.e. that, under certain conditions, a person`s deposit information is considered essentially equivalent (MRA updated in 2017). This is not equality or reciprocity, as each of the signatory associations has specific requirements for applicants. There are two types of applications that can be made: a full application: this request is made where the individual is sure to apply for the right profession and he has proof that he is competent as a linguistic pathologist (see CBOS 2001). This option determines whether or not a language pathologist is currently eligible for practical membership in the SPA. A Mutual Recognition Application (MRA): This application is made if the person is an up-to-date member in the specified membership category of ASHA (United States), CASLPA (Canada), IASLT (Ireland), NZSTA (New Zealand) or RCSLT (UK) and if they believe that you are entitled to meet the specified requirements. For more information on MRA, see below. Mutual Recognition Agreement – On November 20, 2008, speech Pathology Australia was signed the agreement on mutual recognition of information on professional notifications. The agreement includes not only the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), the Canadian Association of Audio Pathology and Logistics (CASLPA), the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and Pathology Australia, but also the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT) and the New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists` Association (NZSTA). The new agreement will enter into force on January 1, 2009. The agreement is not a reciprocity or mutual recognition of qualifications.
The agreement is a mutual recognition that, under certain conditions, the six associations have essentially equivalent qualifications and that it is therefore possible that certified or full members of an association may be recognized by other associations. The agreement does not guarantee migration to one of the other countries, as all migration conditions must be met, nor the employment in the country that the linguistic pathologist wishes to visit. It does, however, offer the possibility of professional recognition of the linguistic pathologist by the associations that signed the agreement. Eligibility for mutual recognition of professional qualifications requires that candidates be one of the following criteria: Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) is recognized as a national professional standard-setting body for language pathologists in Australia. Speech Pathology Australia is also recognised by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) as the assessment authority for language pathologists seeking qualified migration to Australia.