Equivalence Review

The following process applies if you would like to obtain recognition of equivalence of a degree granted outside Canada in order to practice as an occupational therapist in Quebec.

The process to recognize equivalence is based on the Regulation respecting equivalence standards for the issue of a permit by the Ordre des ergothérapeutes du Québec.

In this process, the Order examines the candidate’s degree and training so as to identify similarities and differences of your competencies with those expected of occupational therapists practicing in Quebec. If competencies that must be acquired by the candidate are identified, bridge training will be required, which must be completed in order for the training equivalence to be recognized by the Order. It is only following the recognition of equivalence of your degree or your training that the Order will grant a licence.

Note that bridge training does not lead to obtaining a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy.

For efficient planning

In order to plan your efforts efficiently and take into account the time and cost issues involved, please refer to the planning diagram.

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    • Degree equivalence—evaluation of your degrees

      Once we have received all the required documents and your file is complete, it will be submitted to the Degree Evaluation Subcommittee.

      Degree Evaluation Subcommittee
      This subcommittee is responsible for examining the documents related to your degrees in order to identify the similarities and differences of your competencies with those acquired by someone with a degree giving access to the licence (i.e. a Master’s in Occupational Therapy from one of the five Quebec university programs).

      The result of this analysis is then sent to the Admissions Committee.

      Admissions Committee
      This is the committee responsible for reviewing equivalence applications. It will make a preliminary decision based on your degrees.

      The decision may be to:

      • Recognize the degree equivalence, or
      • Not recognize the degree equivalence:
        • Either a complete refusal, or
        • A bridge training prescription (valid for 3 years).

      Representations before the Admissions Committee
      Before making a decision, the Admissions Committee will give you the opportunity to submit any new facts or explanations that could modify its decision. Such representations can be made in writing or in person.

      Processing time 
      The time required for the committee to make a preliminary decision is about three months. The committee meets approximately every six weeks and your file must have been received at least two weeks prior to the meeting. Check the Admissions Committee meeting schedule. If you make representations, add an additional two to three months.

    • Training equivalence—review of qualifications

      After receiving the decision from the Admissions Committee on the equivalence of your degrees or diplomas, you must decide if you would like to undergo an evaluation of your occupational therapy competencies. This evaluation allows for establishment of training equivalences (i.e. acquired skills).

      Panel review
      The evaluation of your occupational therapy competencies takes place before a panel of three people. The panel sends the results of this evaluation to the Admissions Committee.

      Procedure 
      The evaluation is normally conducted in French. An advanced level of French language proficiency is strongly recommended in order to be able to provide a complete demonstration of your competencies. As an accommodation measure, the evaluation may be done in English.

      The evaluation is held at the head office of the Order over two days with a minimum interval of one week in between:

      DAY 1 : Case study

      • For preparation: You will be provided with an example of a case study to allow you to prepare for the evaluation. A preparatory interview with the admissions coordinator is also possible;
      • On the evaluation day: You will have to answer questions on two case studies covering diverse clienteles.

      DAY 2 : Simulated work situation

      • For preparation: At the end of the first evaluation day, you will be given the documents needed to carry out simulated work situations. At that time you can also familiarize yourself with the material that will be used; 
      • On the evaluation day: The work simulation situations include an interview, two evaluations and two interventions.For preparation: You will be provided with an example of a case study to allow you to prepare for the evaluation. A preparatory interview with the admissions coordinator is also possible.

      Fees: You must pay the fees required for the evaluation prior to the first evaluation day.

      Planning the evaluation
      The date of the evaluation is determined with the candidate. However, you should allow about two months to plan and confirm the evaluation dates. For the evaluation itself, you will need to come to Montreal for approximately two weeks.

      Admissions Committee
      The results of the evaluation are sent to the Admissions Committee, who, after examining all the elements of your file, will make a preliminary decision on the recognition of training equivalence

      The decision may be to:

      • Recognize the training equivalence, or
      • Not recognize the training equivalence: 
        • Either a complete refusal, or
        • A bridge training prescription (valid for three years)

      Representations before the Admissions Committee 
      Before making a decision, the Admissions Committee will give you the opportunity to submit any new facts or explanations that could modify its decision. Such representations can be made in writing or in person.

      Processing time
      Given the evaluation panel planning time and the schedule of Admission Committee meetings, the time required for the Admissions Committee to make a preliminary decision is approximately three to four months. If you make representations, add an additional two to three months.

    • Review by the Board of Directors of the Order

      You can ask the Board of Directors to review the decision of the Admissions Committee. To exercise this right, you must send a written request for a review to the Secretary-General of the Order within 30 days following the date of receipt of the final decision of the Admissions Committee.

    • Complaints Commissioner

      The Commissioner for complaints concerning mechanisms for the recognition of professional competence is an independent governmental entity attached to the Office des professions du Québec. By law, the Commissioner is responsible for receiving and investigating any complaint from a person against a professional order which concerns the recognition mechanisms such as degree or training equivalence.

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