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Explaining criteria used to assess academic requirements

Classification: Non-Health

Regulatory Body



This practice addresses the challenge of explaining complex criteria used to assess whether academic degrees meet the regulator's requirements.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (ICAO) created a framework of resources to help applicants estimate whether their degree courses meet the ICAO academic requirements:

  • Generic course descriptions: Each course description provides the overview and objective of the course and the learning outcomes - linked to the profession's competency framework - to be achieved upon completion. These descriptions indicate the required content.
  • Degree and credit assessment procedures: The document outlines the assessment processes and procedures.
  • Grade conversion tables and grade point average (GPA) templates: GPA templates help applicants predict their GPAs on the required credit hours of course work. Grade conversion tables help them convert grades into numbers when grades are reported in letter format.

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.
  • 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.
  • Helps applicants better understand assessment of qualifications process and results of assessment.

Duties from Registration Practices Assessment Guides

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

  • Information for Applicants
  • Transparency

Profession's Membership Size

Large (more than 10,000 members)

Date of publication:

May 31, 2013