Recognition of equivalence for internationally trained professionals
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 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 successful 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.
Overall duration of the equivalence recognition process
The overall duration of the equivalency recognition process varies depending on the various steps that may apply.
If no bridge training is required by the admissions committee, the process may take approximately 3 months from the time you have provided all the required documents.
If a bridge training is required, then add the time it will take for this training to be completed as well as the delay for entering the program. For example :
- A refresher training that would consist solely of an online course on the health and professional system in Quebec will take approximately 2 months to complete, for a total of approximately 5 months.
- If more extensive refresher training is required, involving the completion of several courses, then consider adding between 1.5 and 3 years depending on the bridge training prescription that will apply to your situation. The overall duration of the equivalence recognition process would then be around 2 to 4 years, considering the delays in entering the program.
In addition, if a candidate wishes to undergo a skills assessment to demonstrate his skills, approximately 3 months must be added to the overall duration.
Note that these times are indicative only.
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