Application process

Augmentative and Alternative Communication Certificate Course


Up to 10 SP participants will be accommodated this academic year (AY21-22). The application period is from Aug. 6 to 27, 2021. Distance education learners from all over the Philippines are welcome as the whole course will still be run 100% online because of COVID-19.


Eligibility Criteria


Filipino speech-language pathologist who:

  1. has at least 1 year of experience as a professional SLP

  2. has been practicing SLP in any setting (i.e., clinic, hospital, school, community, home health, telepractice, etc.)in the past year

  3. is willing to undergo intensive mentoring on the provision of in-person AAC and/or tele-AAC services

  4. have at least one (1) pediatric or adult client who meets the following criteria: (a) be non-verbal, minimally verbal, or poorly intelligible to unfamiliar listeners, (b) willing to be videotaped and photographed for clinical documentation and education purposes (and optionally, for research and advocacy purposes), (c) come from a family who can afford a high-tech* communication system (i.e., a tablet and an AAC app) and have enough resources to sustain weekly face-to-face or tele- therapy sessions 

  5. is willing to be an advocate of AAC in the Philippines by: (a) mentoring future participants of this AAC course, (b) participating in one public service activity as part of the "batch project" requirement, (c) agreeing to be an affiliate of the TinigAAC project post-course-completion

*Note: AAC strategies include low-tech (e.g., communication boards) and unaided means of communication (e.g., gestures, signing) too, but for the purposes of more advanced training, it is necessary to have at least one (1) client who can afford high-tech systems or who will be able to personally work on acquiring them with the aid of family, friends, LGUs, and/or NGOs. 



To participate in the course, the following steps are to be completed:

  1. Fill out the online application form. Collected answers will be instrumental for cursory assessment of your eligibility. The screening process will follow the "first come first serve" policy. 

  2. The course administrator will inform you via email within 7 days if you met the eligibility criteria and cut-off number. Should you get accepted into this run of the course, you have until September 3, 2021 to submit any documents required by the course administrator and settle the first installment of the course fee** (see the last paragraph below for details). Failure to submit these requirements on time without an explanation will disqualify you from the course. 

  3. If you meet the eligibility criteria but all available slots have been occupied, your name will be added to the course database. The course administrator will contact you should a slot be vacated. 

  4. After completing step 2, the course administrator will send you the course syllabus, course timetable, and instructions for the first class as soon as they have been finalized by the course facilitator. Your name will also be included in the final list of participants on the website. 

The total course fee per participant is 51,000 pesos. It is non-refundable and non-transferable. The fee will cover the facilitator's professional fees and administration costs (i.e., CAMP Foundation's administration fees, UP Manila's continuing education activity admin fees, honorarium for course administrator, certificates). It will not cover the participant’s travel, tele-communication, and course projects costs. This is the breakdown of the course fee: administrative fees (P11,500.00), professional fees (P39,500.00 or ~$790.00). 

**To support the SLP community during these times of economic recession and uncertainty, the course organizer and facilitator will still implement more flexible payment schedules this academic year. The course fee will fundamentally be paid in three installments, but enrollees have the option to pay only 50% of the amount due on each installment deadline (see numbered list below). The remaining 50% of the installment can be paid any time before the next installment is due. With regard to the last/third installment, any outstanding balances have to be settled by May 31, 2022.

  1. September 3, 2021 - P11,500.00 (BPI bank deposit)

  2. January 14, 2022 - P19,750.00 (BDO bank deposit)

  3. April 8, 2022 - P19,750.00 (BDO bank deposit)