IAOM Membership Eligibility

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IAOM Membership Eligibility is open to:three people

Professionals in the fields speech pathology, medicine, dental hygiene, dentistry and other allied fields.
Academic preparation should include courses in the physical sciences, social/ behavioral sciences, oral medicine, orofacial myology, speech pathology, education, and growth and development.
Active members must meet minimum membership qualification of their respective national professional organization .
Those who shall assume the ethical responsibilities designated by the Code of Ethics of the International Association of Orofacial Myology.

Membership Application

To apply for IAOM membership, download the membership application.
Complete and return the form to:

ATTN: Jenn Asher, Executive Coordinator
P.O. Box 2352
Sequim, WA USA 98382

More information

For more information regarding membership and certification contact:
Jenn Asher
IAOM Executive Coordinator
P.O. Box 2352
Sequim, WA USA 98382
Phone: 1-360-683-5794
Fax: 1-503-345-6858
E-mail iaomec@msn.com

Certification Requirements

  • Complete an approved 28-hour introductory course.woman
  • Be a member of good standing for a minimum of one year of the IAOM.
  • Pass the take home IAOM Proficiency Examination.
  • Pass the IAOM On-site Evaluation.


An individual who has been an active member of the IAOM for the recommended time of one year is eligible for the benefits and privileges of certified status. Certification establishes a professional baseline of competency and provides legitimacy for interaction with other licensed/certified members of the health care team and with insurance companies.
Download the IAOM Certification Application (PDF).
The applicant is required to have attended a minimum of an IAOM approved 28-hour introductory course in Orofacial Malfunctions Disorders
The applicant contacts the Executive Coordinator of IAOM for an "application for certification form". The completed form accompanying by a fee and documentation of the pre-requisite course is returned to the Executive Coordinator who in turn sends the information to the Board of Examiners Chairperson for approval or disapproval.
An open-book examination, along with helpful, supplementary information, is sent to the approved applicant who has six months to complete the test. Extensions can be arranged if necessary.
Upon completion of the exam, two copies of the test are returned to the BOE chairperson, who forwards the copies to two anonymous members from the Board of Examiners for grading. A passing grade of 80% is required before going on to the on-site evaluation, the next and final step of the process.
The on-site clinical examination supplements the didactic portion of the evaluation just successfully completed. For this final step, a member of the Board of Examiners is chosen by the applicant to come to the applicants clinical setting and evaluate clinical techniques and client inter-action. The applicant is responsible for paying the expenses incurred by the examiner as well as a standard on-site evaluation fee, which is paid to the association. Successful completion of this final step results in certification and privileges that certification entails.

Code of Ethics


The preservation of the highest standards of integrity and ethical principles is vital to the professional obligations of orofacial myologist. The IAOM Code of Ethics is an evolving document and by its very nature cannot be a complete articulation of all ethical obligations. The Code of Ethics is derived from of the IAOM Scope of Practice, and IAOM Board Approved Guidelines, Position Statements, and any other documents deemed necessary by the Board of Directors. The IAOM Code of Ethics sets forth the fundamental principles and rules essential to this purpose. All categories of IAOM membership shall abide by this Code of Ethics. Any act that is in violation of the spirit, purpose and rules of this Code of Ethics shall be deemed unethical and may result in disciplinary action. A Member voluntarily agrees to abide by the IAOM Code of Ethics as a condition of membership in the IAOM.
IAOM revised 7/24/2011 
A member in good standing is defined as:
1) One who is current with the payment of IAOM membership dues
2) One who has fulfilled all of the appropriate membership requirements
3) One who adheres to the IAOM Code of Ethics
The ethical responsibilities of the IAOM member require that the welfare of the persons s/he serves professionally be considered paramount.

1) The member who engages in clinical work must possess appropriate qualifications. It is strongly recommended that the member be CERTIFIED by the International Association of Orofacial Myology or be actively working toward receiving this certification.

2) The member may only provide services for which s/he can provide documented evidence of adequate training and or licensure (if applicable).

3) Results of treatment shall not be guaranteed by the member. However, a statement of prognosis can be made.

4) If there is no documentable progress for the treatment of a patient, it is the responsibility of the member to release the patient from treatment.

5) The member may practice by telecommunication only in accordance with the IAOM telepractice guidelines, and where not prohibited by law. Diagnosis/evaluation may only be administered in person. This does not preclude the member from calls, letters, or electronic communication for therapy and/or follow-up.

6) Professional ethics prohibit the guarantee of the outcome of any therapeutic procedure(s).

7) A patient's confidentiality must be respected by the member. No information received professionally shall be revealed to unauthorized persons without authorization from the patient and/or legal guardian.

8) The IAOM member is not allowed to sell or disperse a list of membership information, with addresses , emails, and/or any other personal information.

9) The member shall use every resource available, including referral to other specialists, as per their specific professional guidelines to provide the best service possible for the patient.

10) The member shall maintain adequate records of professional services rendered.

11) The member shall not charge third-party payers for services not rendered, nor shall s/he misrepresent any services rendered.

12) The member shall not discriminate in the delivery of professional services on the basis of race or ethnicity, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability.

13) To minimize the spread of disease organisms the member shall maintain an aseptic environment.
The IAOM member shall honor her/his responsibility to achieve and maintain the highest level of professional competence.

The IAOM member shall continue her/his professional development throughout her/his professional career.

15 hours of CEU’s are required over a 3 year period. (See IAOM Bylaws Article 3: Section A & Section B. 3)
The IAOM member shall honor her/his responsibility to the public by promoting public understanding of orofacial myology; by supporting the development of services, and by providing accurate information in all communications involving any aspect of this specialty area.

1) The member shall not misrepresent her/his credentials, competence, education, training, or expertise.

2) Members may NOT add OM (Orofacial Myologist), MFT (Myofunctional Therapists) or OFM (Oro-Facial Myologist) after their name upon completion of IAOM approved course(s), or upon becoming a member of IAOM, or upon approval of application for certification. The only acceptable acronym is COM (Certified Orofacial Myologist). Only recognized degrees, licenses, registrations or certifications and the acronym COM will be mentioned on the directory, website and official IAOM documents.

3) The member shall not participate in professional activities that constitute a conflict of interest.

4) The member shall not misrepresent diagnostic information, services rendered, or engage in any scheme or artifice to defraud in connection with obtaining payment or reimbursement for such services or products. Members shall not accept third-party payments in excess of fees for services or for fees of services not rendered.

5) The member’s statements to the public shall not contain misrepresentations in advertising, announcing, and marketing their professional services through oral communication, written form and/or electronic media. They shall adhere to prevailing, IAOM standards.

6) The member shall be active in appropriately educating the public regarding the specialty area of orofacial myology. The member’s statements to the public shall provide accurate information about the nature and management of orofacial myofunctional disorders.

7) The member shall not use the name of the International Association of Orofacial Myology to promote classes, products, and any other profit-making venture without the approval of the Board of Directors of the IAOM. This does not preclude the member to announce membership status or offices held in the IAOM, in a vitae or resume.
The IAOM member shall honor her/his responsibilities to the profession of orofacial myology and maintain harmonious inter -professional and intra-professional relationships.

1) The member shall seek professional discussion of theoretical and practical issues with colleagues and/or members of allied professions.

2) The member shall inform other professionals regarding the therapeutic benefits of orofacial myology.

3) The member shall be willing to share her/his knowledge, new research and therapeutic techniques with other members of the IAOM.
• If a member is giving a lecture/course they cannot restrict attendees from sharing the information with other members as long as the student acknowledge the source of the information
4) The member shall not engage in dishonesty, fraud, deceit, misrepresentation, sexual harassment, illegal addictive behavior(s), felony, or any other form of conduct that adversely reflects on the specialty area of orofacial myology.

5) The member shall not engage in sexual activities with clients, students, or colleagues over whom they exercise professional authority.

6) The member shall in no way violate existing U.S., or foreign restraint of trade laws, and/or intellectual property rights.

7) The member shall not discriminate in their relationships with colleagues, students, patients and members of allied professions on the basis of race or ethnicity, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability.

8) The member may not attempt to restrict the practice of another member based on territorialism including area of practice, referral sources, location of office or clientele.

9) The member shall present products s/he has developed to her/his colleagues in a manner consistent with high professional standards: the Code of Ethics, IAOM Scope of Practice, IAOM Board Approved Guidelines, Position Statements, and any other documents deemed necessary by the Board of Directors.

10) The member shall prohibit anyone under her/his supervision from engaging in any practice that violates this Code of Ethics.

11) Any member who has reason to believe that this Code of Ethics has been violated has an ethical responsibility to report, possible violation(s), as directed in the Procedural Code of Ethics Violations in the IAOM Handbook.

12) The member shall fully cooperate with the IAOM President and the IAOM Ethics Committee in the investigation into matters related to this Code of Ethics with strict adherence to confidentiality or themselves will be in violation.