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).
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.
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.
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.
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.