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Encouraging ongoing learning and development for registration committee members

Classification: Non-Health

Regulatory Body

College of VETERINARIANS of Ontario

College of VETERINARIANS of Ontario


This practice helps ensure that committee members remain up to date on new developments related to registration and fair access to the regulated professions.

The agendas of meetings of the registration committee always include Continuing Committee Development as a standing item. Under this section of the agenda, the committee has discussed such matters as:

  • "Human Rights 101", an e-learning module of the Ontario Human Rights Commission
  • highlights of Ontario Regulators for Access Cconsortium (ORAC) learning days
  • OFC research and reports

Staff and committee members can use this agenda item as an opportunity to bring issues to the attention of the registration committee. This fosters regular discussion of registration policies, tools, issues and trends in relation to the objectives of the Fair Access to Regulated Professions and Compulsory Trades Act (FARPACTA).

It has also prompted development of policies to improve fairness and impartiality and changes to the way the committee is presented with case materials.

Continuing Committee Development materials are compiled in a binder for ongoing use and ease of reference.

This practice complements initial training for decision makers, by developing the skills required to apply fair access principles to the work of the registration committee.

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 prevent potential for unintended or differential impact on non-traditional applicants.

Value for Applicants

  • 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:

  • Training
  • Impartiality

Profession's Membership Size

Medium (2,000 to 10,000 members)

Date of publication:

Dec 17, 2013