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All registrations for 2021-2022 membership will be valid until Aug 31, 2022

HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER

APPLICATION

Please refer to “Membership Categories and Fees” for details on application requirements for different membership categories. You may register online under “Membership Registration”, submit required document proof and pay related fees in the member’s portal.

All new applications carry an initial joining fee of HK$200 in addition to the annual membership fee.

**Please allow 2 weeks of processing time upon submitting your application**

 

DOCUMENT PROOF

For locally trained applicants:

We accept graduation letters and graduation certificates from local institutes accredited by Hong Kong Institution of Speech Therapists (HKIST); the document must verify the award of degree to the applicant on a specific date. Transcripts, student IDs and certifying letters of attendance are NOT accepted for oversea and full memberships.

 

For internationally trained applicants:

We accept document proof for membership of the following associations:

  • Association of Speech & Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP),
  • The Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists United Kingdom (RCSLT),
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA),
  • Speech Pathology Australia,
  • New Zealand Speech Language Therapists Association, or
  • Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC)

Transcripts, graduation letters and graduation certificate from oversea institutes are NOT accepted for oversea and full memberships.

For persons who were trained outside Hong Kong and does not hold membership at one of the enlisted overseas professional associations, they must become an accredited speech therapist of Hong Kong Institute of Speech Therapists (HKIST) to be eligible to become full members of HKAST. Individual assessment will be conducted for each applicant by the HKIST to ensure individuals applying for accredited registration of HKIST meet the standards and competencies of the Speech Therapy graduates in Hong Kong. Please contact HKIST (http://www.hkist.org.hk/en) regarding application procedures and criteria for individual accredited registration.

 

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

All memberships are valid from September 1 to August 31 of the subsequent year. All members are required to pay an annual membership fee and complete the renewal process every year.

Renewal Period:

Membership renewals are accepted between September 1 to October 31 every year. You can renew your membership simply by settling the outstanding balance in the member’s portal. There is no need to resubmit a new application. For members renewing membership after October 31 (and before July 31 of the next year), the membership will be considered as expired and a re-joining fee of $200 will be incurred.

Change of Membership Category:

If you would like to change your membership type, please login to your account, submit your request under “My Profile” and provide required document proof for approval.

 

PAYMENT METHOD

We accept payments online through Paypal for all membership registrations and renewals. If you would like to pay through other methods, please email hkast.treasurer@gmail.com for assistance.