Examination for Certification

New  Sittings for Examination Now posted:

Toronto – November 7th, 2015   9 – 4 pm Seneca at York  Rm S1209

Vancouver November 7th, 2015   9 – 4 pm  Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre –                                                                             Room to be confirmed.

 The Competency Examination Process

The CVRP competency examination  is a 6 hour written Vocational Rehabilitation competency examination, which consists of 300 knowledge and skill-based, multiple-choice and scenario-type questions.  The process for the development of this competency examination and the description of the nine (9) Core Competencies can be found in the Explore Box under Examination for Certification.   At present, a passing grade is set at 65% .  Examination content is standardized, with a reliability co-efficient of .84 as of March 2013.   Registration and examination criteria is validated on an ongoing basis and reviewed by the CVRP Registration and Examination Committees, as established by the By-laws and Rules of the College. The first sitting of the CVRP Competency Examination took place on December 1st, 2012 in Toronto. Subsequent exam sittings were:

  • St. John’s, NL  –  February 15, 2013
  • Toronto, ON – February 23, 2013
  • Regina, SK – March 26, 2013
  • Toronto, ON –  June 22, 2013
  • Dartmouth, NS –  October 26, 2013
  • Toronto, ON –  November 9, 2013
  • Vancouver, BC – May 31, 2014
  • Halifax, NS – June 7, 2014
  • Toronto, ON – Jun 14, 2014
  • Toronto, ON  – November 8, 2014

  The Examination Committee, now established as a standing committee of the College (CVRP General ByLaw N.o 1 revised 3 December 2104)  meets on an annual basis to review the examination process and continue to build an updated bank of examination questions.  As of March 2014, the CVRP question bank consists of over 600 validated questions.  The goal of the standing Examination Committee is to develop 200 new questions per retreat and  review / update and maintain the previously developed questions.  The goal and and maintain an operational bank of 2000 validated questions.  In this way, each consecutive examination will be re-drawn from the bank to avoid duplication and, in the event of re-examination, to minimize inherent learning effect on results.   CVRP is proud of the accomplishment of the Examination Committee and very graciously acknowledges the dedication, knowledge, skill and volunteer time given by each member of  this committee since its inception in 2011.  Special thanks goes to Dr. Garry Corbett who has voluntarily led the annual Examination Retreat.  His devotion to the Vocational Rehabilitation field and the sharing of his expertise is

The Amnesty Grandfathering period for application to the College was discontinued as of  June 30th, 2013.   The grandfathering  process allowed for a 3-year period whereby experienced VR professionals could register without the need to prove competency through written examination.  However, any present registrant who defaults in complying with the annual renewal process, including the provision of CEU documentation and  updated VSPC (as per the CVRP VSPC policy) by their annual renewal date (penalty late fee assessed with conditional registration status) and within the 60 day conditional period will be immediately suspended and required to re-instate registration following the successful completion of the competency examination.  Registrants who do not meet their annual requirement by their registration month will be automatically assessed a late fee of plus provincial taxes and their registration classified as conditional,  as noted above.  The base amount of that fee and the reinstatement fee will be set by the College on an annual basis. To successfully encompass all practice aspects of the VR professional, the Board of Directors accepted the following abbreviated Scope of Practice for the purpose of the development of the competency examination: “Whatever services needed to help someone with a disability to enter, stay at, return to and/or remain in work.”   For the more detailed CVRP Scope of Practice, click here   For information on the application process to register with the College, go to the “New Application” tab on the home page – Click here

CVRP Core Competencies and Domains of Learning

The knowledge base of the vocational rehabilitation profession was divided into a number of domains which reflect major areas of knowledge. These domains were constructed by examining the field and other similar professional designations (e.g. CCRC, CDMP, RRP, etc.). 1) Vocational Rehabilitation Theory and Practice:   This is a fairly large and complex domain in that it contains the foundational information of the profession.   It would include such things as: history of vocational rehabilitation profession, models of vocational rehabilitation, the value of vocational rehabilitation (e.g. why do it), legal foundation, other professions which provide services to vocational rehabilitation professionals, legal implications (e.g. expert witness), etc. 2) Aspects of Disabilities: The VR professional needs to have a clear understanding of the wide range of disabilities and their implications: work related injuries/illness, non-work related injuries/illnesses, congenital disabilities, physical disabilities, psychological disabilities, preventative, trends in disabilities (e.g. rise of psychological disabilities), etc. 3) Vocational Interviewing and Counselling: Typically, this is the first step in the VR process and every professional should have skills in these areas. This domain examines the techniques and implications of vocational interviewing: what information is important, how is trust built, what should be documented, how to elicit information, etc. The professional also needs a solid understanding of vocational counselling techniques including:  understanding the end-goal, understanding the client needs/goals, working with the difficult client, moving the client forward, cross-cultural/gender implications, development of return to work plan, etc. 4) Assessments: Not all VR professionals will undertake assessments of clients but everyone will need to have a clear understanding of their uses and implications.  There should be an understanding of:  when assessments are used, the types of assessments which can be used (e.g. aptitude, interest, achievement), what the various assessments test, how to read and understand an assessment, defining the questions to be asked of the assessor, transferable skills analysis, using computer software programs, statistics (e.g. standard deviation, mean, median, mode, etc.), etc. ; 5) Diversity:  One of the major directions within all professions over the past number of years is the understanding of the diversity of clients.  This Domain examines the various diverse groups (e.g. gender, cultural, racial, sexual orientation, etc.) and the implications for the VR process. The test taker should understand:  how to identify one’s own biases, working with diverse groups, using community/family resources, understanding the implications of diversity on return to work, etc. 6) Job Development and Placement: Getting disabled individual into or back into the workforce is one of the main tenets of the VR profession and this Domain is at the heart of what many undertake on an ongoing basis.  This Domain examines:  understanding limitations/restrictions, understanding job demands, hidden job market, resume construction, interview skills, locating a job placement, job club, job coaching, co-worker model, monitoring, job development, etc. 7) Case/Disability Management: This domain covers two fairly broad areas: case management and disability management.  In Case Management the individuals needs to have an understanding of:  working with the medical community, working with insurance carriers (including the compensation system), using community resources, referrals to additional resources, the rehabilitation process, rehabilitation professionals, etc  Disability Management covers such areas as:  early contact, early intervention, working with management/labour groups, job accommodation, job modification, work related restrictions/limitations, graduated return to work, etc. 8) Ethical and Professional Conduct: This Domain examines the ethical foundation for the individual professional work.  This would include: determining ethical dilemmas, understanding conflicting values, examining possible decisions and their short/long term implications, codes of ethics, legal responsibilities, etc.  In addition, this Domain covers the VR professionals well-being (e.g. burn out, relaxation, healthy life-style, etc.) 9) Communication and Record Keeping: This Domain examines:  keeping accurate records, what should/should not be documented, communication with other professionals, file and document security, speaking to a group, use of computer programs (such as word processor, PowerPoint, excel), adult learning, release of information, etc.