Why be a Member?

Why be a Member?

The IASLT is the professional body for Speech and Language therapists in Ireland.

It is an organisation run by its members for its members, which despite its size maintains a high profile nationally and internationally. Being a member means that you are part of the community of speech and language therapists in Ireland. It allows you to keep in contact with professional issues which influence your practice.

Because IASLT is part of an international mutual recognition agreement  of professional association credentials, full membership of IASLT facilitates a smoother transition to working as an SLT in the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

As a member you can make a difference and positively contribute to the future development of the profession in Ireland.

As a member you can make a difference and positively contribute to the future development of the profession in Ireland.

IASLT provides the following membership benefits:

  • Professional support to maintain standards of practice and education
  • Support for your continuous professional development (CPD)
  • Reduced rates for IASLT CPD events such as the IASLT biennial conference
  • IASLT publications and newsletters
  • IASLT members have access to exclusive insurance schemes with IASLT's insurance provider.
    (IASLT membership fees and insurance cover and payment are separate from the
    membership fees, since the 1st of January 2021).
  • Access to position papers and professional guidelines
  • A wide range of professional documents such as the code of ethics
  • Access to all the latest jobs, career opportunities and courses
  • Online access to your continuing professional development (CPD) portfolio
  • Member-only area of the website
  • Discounts on events including CPD opportunities such as online webinars
  • Subsidised training for members working in the public health service

Types of Membership

IASLT have several membership categories to suit your circumstances; we welcome everyone from the SLT community to join us, student SLTs , practicing SLTs and retired or non-practicing members. We also have a membership category for overseas SLTs who wish to stay connected with us.

Student Membership

Students studying for a professional qualification in speech and language therapy in Ireland, UK, USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.

Provisional Membership

For SLTs who haven't practiced for more than 2 years and wish to follow the return to full membership process. On successful completion, provisional members may transfer to the appropriate membership.

Non-Practicing and Retired Memberships

Qualified members who are no longer practicing.

New Graduate

For newly graduated SLTs whose qualifications are recognised by the IASLT and are registered with CORU.

Non Practicing New Graduates

For non-practicing newly graduated SLTs whose qualifications are recognised by the IASLT and are registered with CORU.

New Graduates Practicing Overseas

For newly graduated SLTs , practicing overseas, whose qualifications are recognised by the IASLT and are eligible to register with CORU.

Members with Honours and Full Members with Honours

Retired and practicing members who have been awarded lifetime membership for their outstanding contribution to the profession.

Full Membership

For all qualified SLTs, who are registered with CORU.

Full Membership, Practicing Overseas

Applies to members whose qualifications were validated by CORU, and are currently practising outside the Republic of Ireland.

International Affiliate and Practising Overseas Memberships

Applies to those who have qualified overseas, and have not had their qualifications validated by CORU, and are practising outside the Republic of Ireland.

Frequently asked Questions

For detailed information on how to join and the many benefits of being an IASLT member please scroll down and explore these questions.

  • IASLT members are advised to use the term ‘MIASLT’ as part of their signature on all documentation relating to their professional practice. 
  • These letters are a symbol of your professional identity and position in the IASLT community.

  • Advertisements regarding job opportunities. 
  • The latest news regarding CPD opportunities and SLT initiatives.
  • IASLT publications ranging from the latest clinical guidelines to public information leaflets.
  • Recorded CPD webinars on various topics.
  • Your CPD portfolio for recording your CPD requirements.

  • You have the opportunity to attend and vote in council elections at our annual AGM.
  • You can join one of our committees or an affiliated Special Interest Group. 
  • You can attend the IASLT Biennial Conference with top national and international speakers and a fantastic range of educational, scientific and social networking opportunities and experiences.
  • Members also have the opportunity to submit their research, group or individual, in the form of a Poster or an Oral Presentation at the IASLT Biennial Conference.

Those wishing to apply for full IASLT membership must be either qualified in the Republic of Ireland and registered with CORU or have qualified abroad and have had their qualifications validated by CORU and are now registered with CORU. 

Applicants for full membership must also have worked during the past two years and agree to meet IASLT standards for continuing professional development. 5% of full members are audited each year (whether practising in Ireland or overseas).

For more information on the different requirements for different membership categories Click here

  • The IASLT CPD Officer explores and responds to your professional development needs, using a variety of tools and resources, many of which are accessible via the IASLT website. 
  • We work to ensure that the quality of speech and language therapy education meets the present and future needs of SLTs and their clients.
  • The IASLT submits proposals to the HSE annually for funding to support the delivery of CPD
  • The IASLT ONLINE CPD Portfolio is available for members to plan and record their CPD. 
  • A comprehensive CPD Calendar of events are offered by IASLT at member rates. 
  • CPD events are advertised on www.iaslt.ie by email and social media.
  • There are reduced rates for IASLT members for all our CPD events including the IASLT biennial conference

  • The IASLT lobbies the Government, Oireachtas health committee, all political parties, and the Department of Health and Children and other National Bodies on key issues and priorities. We influence policy development and plans through responses and submissions and are invited to participate in government appointed groups to drive changes and better services to meet the needs of population groups with communication needs.
  • The IASLT is leading work to shape the speech and language therapy profession into the future, developing the scope and standards of practice, influencing and accrediting curriculum development, and supporting members. 
  •  We keep the profile of the profession high by achieving coverage in the national and regional media. 
  • The IASLT represents member’s views.
  • The IASLT is recognised as the designated authority for the speech and language therapy profession in Ireland, acting with the approval of the Minister of Health and Children. 
  • The IASLT accredits Irish university undergraduate  and graduate speech and language therapy programmes

In November 2017, IASLT re-signed the International Agreement of Mutual Recognition of Professional Associations, updating the 2008 agreement with the following associations


This amended agreement came into effect on 1st of January 2018.  If applying for membership of an association overseas,  that has signed this agreement, IASLT full members may apply through the MRA process. Likewise members from the above international organisations can apply to be members of IASLT through the MRA process.  All other membership categories must apply through the associations ‘standard route’. The MRA route is open to full members of IASLT who have one full year of continuous full membership. IASLT members should contact the professional body of interest directly regarding individual requirements for recognition in that association.

  • You receive our monthly electronic newsletter.
  • Members can access a range of information in the members area of our website, including access to printed guidelines on many topics and recorded webinars. 
  • You can read the latest research and evidence in our journal 'Advances in Communication and Swallowing".
  • Members can access IASLT publications ranging from the latest clinical guidelines to public information leaflets. 
  • Members receive regular email updates from IASLT. 
  • You can listen to conversations about  current topics in Podcast Series  "IASLT in Conversation".

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