Becoming A Member

Becoming A Member

There are seven categories of membership.

The qualifying exam for ALTA membership eligibility is the Alliance National Exam. The Alliance For Accreditation and Certification of Multisensory Structured Language Education, Inc. promotes quality standards for professional preparation. It has funded the development of the new national registration exam and has charged ALTA with managing the administration of the exam. The exam measures an individual's knowledge of and skills in Multisensory Structured Language Education (MSLE) and verifies that the individual has achieved the highest level of competency in the field of dyslexia education. Nine standards are evaluated on the exam:

The all-objective, pass-fail exam is untimed and requires about two hours to complete. It is offered at the therapy level (CALT) after completion of 200 instructional hours and a 700-hour practicum in a course accredited by the International Multisensory Structure Language Education Council (IMSLEC), or a commensurate Orton-Gillingham-based course. At some locations, the exam is offered at the teacher / practitioner level (CALP) to individuals who have completed 45 instructional hours and a 90-hour practicum in an accredited IMSLEC course or a commensurate Orton-Gillingham-based course. The events calendar lists dates and locations for the administration of these exams.

Types of Membership:

There are seven (7) categories of membership:

Certified Academic Language Practitioner (CALP)

  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
  2. Completion of teacher level training in a Multisensory Structured Language Education (MSLE) program
    1. "Comprehensive teacher level training" shall be defined as a course under the supervision of an Instructor of Certified Academic Language Practitioner that includes a minimum of 45 instructional hours, a minimum of 60 clinical/ teaching hours, a minimum of 5 demonstrations, clinical/teaching documentation, and proof of the individual's progress and competence.
    2. Acceptable performance on a teaching level comprehensive examination administered by ALTA.
  3. Completion of 10 CEUs (1 CEU = 1 hour at an approved ALTA event) per year.

(A Certified Academic Language Practitioner, CALP, is eligible to become a CALT upon fulfilling the requirements stated in Article III., Section 2., b.)

Click here to start the National Registration Application for Practitioner Level.

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Instructor of Certified Academic Language Practitioner (ICALP)

Membership shall be open to individuals who have met the minimum guidelines for Instructor of Certified Academic Language Practitioner. Please click here to learn more about the requirements and download an application.

If you have any questions about the reinstatement of your ICALP membership status, contact the .

Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT)

  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
  2. Completion of comprehensive therapist training in a Multisensory Structured Language Education (MSLE) program.
    1. "Comprehensive therapist training" shall be defined as a course under the supervision of a Qualified Instructor that includes:
      1. a minimum of 200 instructional hours, a minimum of 700 clinical/ teaching hours, a minimum of 10 demonstrations, clinical/teaching documentation, and proof of the therapist's progress and competency, OR
      2. a minimum of 200 instructional hours, a minimum of 500 clinical/teaching hours, a minimum of 15 demonstrations, clinical/teaching documentation, and proof of the therapist's progress and competency, OR
      3. a minimum of 200 instructional hours, a minimum of 350 clinical/teaching hours, a minimum of 20 demonstrations, clinical/teaching documentation, and proof of the therapist's progress and competency.
  3. Acceptable performance on a comprehensive examination administered by ALTA.
  4. Completion of 10 CEUs (1 CEU = 1 hour at an approved ALTA event) per year.

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Qualified Instructor (QI)

Qualified Instructor membership shall be open to individuals who have met the minimum guidelines for Academic Language Therapy Qualified Instructor. Please click here to learn more about the requirements and download an application.

If you have any questions about the reinstatement of your QI membership status, contact the .

Trainee Affiliate

  1. This level of membership shall be open to individuals who are currently attending an IMSLEC accredited training course and who have met the following requirements:
    1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
    2. Active, non-conditional participation in a comprehensive Multisensory Structured Language Education (MSLE) practitioner or therapist level training as verified by the director of the training center. (See Policy and Procedures for minimum requirements for CALP/CALT training.)
    3. Acceptance and signature on application form indicating compliance with ALTA ethics and agreeing to represent themselves solely as trainee affiliates until successfully fulfilling the requirements and applying for CALP/CALT membership.
  2. A member's status as a Trainee Affiliate will be reflected on her/his membership card. The Trainee Affiliate must communicate her/his level of membership to prospective parents/students before providing instruction and/or accepting any form of remuneration.
  3. If at any time the Trainee Affiliate is no longer attending an IMSLEC accredited training course, or is placed on conditional status by the training course, she/he must surrender her/his membership card to the ALTA national office and may no longer represent herself/himself as a member of ALTA. Dues will not be refunded.
  4. Membership at the Trainee Affiliate level can be held for a maximum of four years.
  5. Current Trainee Affiliate dues are $35.00 annually.
  6. Trainee Affiliates are not eligible to be listed in the online ALTA directory.
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Retiree Member

  1. This level of membership shall be open to individuals who have been ALTA members in good standing for at least twenty (20) years or who have reached the age of sixty-five (65) and are no longer actively providing services for remuneration.
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Honorary Lifetime Member (Current / Past ALTA Member)

  1. This level of membership shall be open to individuals who are retired from working in the field of dyslexia and who have met the following requirements:
    1. Five years of membership in good standing with ALTA
    2. Documentation of service to ALTA
    3. Documentation of service to the field of dyslexia

Please click the link below for the application and to view the full requirements for membership as an honorary lifetime member.

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Honorary Lifetime Member (Non-ALTA Member)

  1. This level of membership shall be open to individuals who are active or retired from working in the field of dyslexia and who have contributed significantly to the field of dyslexia.

Please click the link below for the application and to view the full requirements for membership as an honorary lifetime member.

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Membership Renewal Policy

Dues notices are mailed the first of March and are due March 31st of each year. Dues that are not received are subject to a 25% late fee.

Lapse of one or two years — If membership has been allowed to lapse for one to two years, that membership may be reinstated by paying the lapsed dues plus the current dues.

Lapse of three or more years — If membership has been allowed to lapse for three or more years, that membership may be reinstated through the following process: payment of Registration Examination fee, successful completion of the Registration Examination, and payment of current membership dues.

Additional questions may be addressed to the ALTA National Office.

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