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Allowing flexibility for documentation of qualifications

Classification: Health

Regulatory Body

College of CHIROPRACTORS of Ontario

College of CHIROPRACTORS of Ontario


This practice helps regulatory bodies accommodate applicants who lack required documents.

The College of Chiropractors of Ontario (CCO) has standards for the documentation it requires for licensing. The CCO provides clear information on its website and has a structured process for the consideration of alternative documents. If a document, such as a transcript, is unavailable due to extenuating circumstances, the candidate must satisfy the registration committee in another way that he or she graduated from an accredited chiropractic education program.

If an applicant requests an exemption from the documentation ordinarily required, the CCO considers the request carefully, taking into account the applicant's specific circumstances and available evidence.

The CCO provides examples of acceptable evidence, e.g., sworn affidavit, proof of graduation from an accredited chiropractic institution or a completed professional portfolio.

Value to Regulator

  • Helps to ensure adherence to published criteria, policies and procedures.
  • Helps to accommodate diverse needs of applicants.
  • Helps to improve communication with applicants.
  • Makes registration process more efficient and less complicated; timelines are improved, unnecessary steps are eliminated, use of resources is optimized.
  • Helps to prevent potential for unintended or differential impact on non-traditional applicants.

Value for Applicants

  • Helps applicants better understand the registration process and what to expect.
  • Resources and alternative ways to meet registration requirements are available to applicants.
  • Helps applicants to understand what to expect to be licensed before coming to Canada.
  • Enables applicants to meet registration requirements in more efficient way; process is streamlined and registration requirements are relevant and fair.

Duties from Registration Practices Assessment Guides

This practice falls under the following duties from the Registration Practices Assessment Guides:

  • Documentation of Qualifications
  • Fairness

Profession's Membership Size

Medium (2,000 to 10,000 members)

Date of publication:

Apr 24, 2013