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Undertaking a "gap analysis"

Classification: Health

Regulatory Body




This practice concerns ways to identify gaps in internationally educated professionals' competencies and address them.

In 2009, the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario (CRTO) completed a "gap analysis" to understand why few internationally educated applicants became registered as respiratory therapists in Ontario.

The study revealed significant knowledge and skills gaps in core (foundation) areas for the majority of internationally educated applicants. It showed that a single bridging program was not a viable option.

As a result, the CRTO developed various pathways to registration.

This practice ensures fairness in the registration and bridging processes and ensures that access to the profession is not limited to any stream of applicant, such as people trained in Ontario.

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 access to pre-immigration assessments.
  • Makes registration process more efficient and less complicated; timelines are improved, unnecessary steps are eliminated, use of resources is optimized.

Value for Applicants

  • Resources and alternative ways to meet registration requirements are available to applicants.
  • Enables applicants to meet registration requirements in more efficient way; process is streamlined and registration requirements are relevant and fair.
  • Provides applicants with valid and reliable assessments

Duties from Registration Practices Assessment Guides

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

  • Assessment of Qualifications
  • Fairness

Profession's Membership Size

Medium (2,000 to 10,000 members)

Date of publication:

Jun 05, 2013