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The College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals (the College) is the governing body for Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals (CVRPs) and Canadian Certified Vocational Evaluators (CCVE) across Canada..

The Canadian vocational rehabilitation profession has been self-regulating since 2010.  The College is a Canadian Not-For–Profit Federal Corporation with the head office located in Markham Ontario. The Mandate of the College is to protect the public by setting and enforcing a code of conduct and guidelines for the Standards of Practice for all Registrants.  By creating a world-class examination, the CVRP can fairly test the common body of VR knowledge of those who wish to be acknowledged through Certification as competent Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals in Canada.

Self-regulation is a privilege granted to those professionals who have shown they can put the interests of the public ahead of their own professional interests.  It is recognized that Canada’s vocational rehabilitation professionals and vocational evaluators have the knowledge and expertise to regulate themselves as individual practitioners and can regulate their profession through the College.

The College fulfills its role of protecting the public by:

  • Establishing standardized requirements for entry to practice
  • Articulating and promoting standards of practice
  • Enforcing standards of practice and professional conduct through a rigorous complaints and disciplinary process
  • Documenting adherence to professional competency through ongoing learning
  • Fostering continual learning and support of credible educational opportunities for registrants

The College also promotes the regulation of vocational rehabilitation in the public interest by:

  • Maintaining a transparent registry of Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals (CVRP, CVRP(F), CVRP(D))and Canadian Certified Vocational Evaluators (CCVE, CCVE(F), CCVE(D))
  • Striving to establish the VR regulatory process in all provinces of Canada

The College works in partnership with employers, educators and government so that everyone in Canada can benefit from quality vocational rehabilitation services.  There are approximately 3.8 million Canadians with disabilities.  Given the number of Canadians with vocational disabilities and the impact of disability on society as a whole, there is a national need for services provided by Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals.

A Certified VR professional assesses, evaluates and identifies persons who are experiencing (or at risk of experiencing) a vocational disability.  A Certified VR professional seeks to develop and execute Vocational Rehabilitation and Return-to-Work (RTW) plans designed to achieve or restore optimum outcomes.  These outcomes are achieved through the application of specific knowledge, skills, interventions and strategies that are unique to the Vocational Rehabilitation profession.

To be registered with the College, candidates must:

  1. Apply for eligibility to sit and successfully pass the 6 hour competency entrance examination.
  2. Must maintain educational and practice currency through the submission of 40 continuing education units (CEU) every 2 years, of which 6 units must be in Ethics and Ethical Practice learning.
  1. Must abide by the Standards of Practice and the Code of Conduct as set by the College.

The College has two Certification Paths:  1.) Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional (CVRP) and; 2.) Canadian Certified Vocational Evaluator (CCVE).  Individuals with one or both of these credentials have passed the CVRP competency examination and peer review process to enable them to provide at least the following services:

1.) CVRP Registrants have proven competency in the following:

Vocational rehabilitation services

Job analysis, development, placement

Training, work adjustment, job skills

Vocational/avocational planning

Life Care Planning /Cost of Future Care

Education prevention of vocational disability/disadvantage

Case management/rehabilitation services coordination and disability management

Mediation/negotiation of (re-) entry employment contracts

2).  CCVE Registrants have proven expertise in the following:

Vocational Evaluations

Transferable Skills Analysis

Labour Market Re-Entry Assessments

Earning Capacity Assessments

Worklife Expectancy Analysis

Pre- and Post-Injury Earning Capacity Analysis

Labour Market Analysis

The advantage of employing a College Registrants:  Through the certification process, the function of the college is to ensure that Registrants are qualifi­ed, competent and following clearly de­fined standards of practice. To ensure public accountability is maintained, College Registrants may be audited on a random basis by the registrar and /or a panel of experienced peers. This level of accountability supports CVRP Registrants in their professional practice and ensures that the public is always served in the highest professional manner.

The advantage of Certi­fication for the VR Professional: Acceptance and registration with the College confirms that the Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional and the Canadian Certified Vocational Evaluator has clearly demonstrated their competency to provide qualifi­ed rehabilitation and vocational services to the public, employers and all disabled clients. The CVRP and CCVE credentials have readily been accepted for expert testimony within the Supreme Court jurisdictions throughout Canada.

The Benefits of CVRP Certi­fication:  the CVRP and CCVE credential is the Gold Standard for the Vocation Rehabilitation Profession.  Registrants have demonstrated competency, with accountability guaranteed to the stakeholders. Practice currency is maintained through Continuing Education standards. Credential Classification advancement is attainable through Post-graduate education.  All Registrants are listed and searchable in the CVRP Public Registry.

Click to view the CVRP Brochure:    CVRP_Brochure_OnePageV11

Click here to view the updated “Roles” document which clearly outlines the role of a regulatory college versus the role of a professional association. For ease of viewing, the College is compared to VRAC, the well established association for practicing VR professionals in Canada: CVRP VRAC Role Comparison May 2017