Mandate of the College

The mandate of the College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals (The College) is to protect the public and establish the minimum requirement of competency and certification. The primary function of the College is to ensure their members are qualified, competent and following clearly defined standards of practice and ethics.


The College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals (The College) is the national, self-regulatory body for the vocational rehabilitation (VR) profession. The College is responsible for protecting the public by setting and enforcing standards and guidelines and governing the conduct of our professional members. The College will uphold the quality of accredited VR professionals and act on behalf of a member of the public who is concerned about the vocational rehabilitation and return to work services they have or have not received.


What does the College Do?

  • Exists to protect the public from incompetent and unqualified practitioners through certification.
  • Ensures vocational rehabilitation practice excellence through Standards of Practice and a Disciplinary process.
  • Ensures ongoing member competency through annual registration and mandated continuing education.
  • Meets the standards of other professionally regulated colleges.
  • Is an independent, not-for-profit, federal corporation with national registration.
  • Is governed by a Board of Directors.

    What Do Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals Do?

    There are currently 3.5 million Canadians with disabilities. 26% (910,000 individuals) are unemployed. This greatly exceeds the national unemployment average. Given the number of Canadians with vocational disabilities and/or disadvantages, and their impact on the persons involved and society as a whole, there is a national need for services provided by Certified Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) professionals.


    A VR professional assesses, evaluates and identifies persons who are experiencing (or at risk of experiencing) a vocational disability or disadvantage. A VR professional seeks to develop and execute vocational rehabilitation and return-to-work (RTW) plans designed to achieve or restore optimum vocational and avocational outcomes. These outcomes are achieved through the application of knowledge, skills, interventions and strategies that are unique to the discipline and the VR profession.


    Click here for more information about what VR Professionals do.


    Click here for CVRP’s History.