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Articulating clear parameters on "good character" assessment

Classification: Health

Regulatory Body




The College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario's (CRTO) Determining Good Character Policy (May 25, 2012) articulates clear parameters around the college's approach to assessing the "good character" registration requirement, as follows:

  • It establishes the rationale for good character as an element of protecting the public interest.
  • It references criteria in the Registration Regulation under the Respiratory Therapy Act, 1991 that applicants must satisfy to demonstrate good character.
  • It indicates the type and format of information required from applicants.
  • It sets out considerations for the CRTO in determining good character.
  • It describes possible outcomes of a good character assessment.
  • It provides for an exemption of the good character requirement, where appropriate.

Value to Regulator

  • Helps to ensure adherence to published criteria, policies and procedures.
  • Helps to ensure quality of qualifications assessment decisions. Assessment tools and processes measure what they intend to measure and yield consistent results.
  • Helps to accommodate diverse needs of applicants.
  • Helps to improve communication with applicants.

Value for Applicants

  • Helps applicants better understand the registration process and what to expect.
  • Helps applicants be better informed about status of their application.
  • Helps applicants better understand assessment of qualifications process and results of assessment.
  • 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:

  • Assessment of Qualifications
  • Transparency

Profession's Membership Size

Medium (2,000 to 10,000 members)

Date of publication:

Aug 19, 2014