The Mandate of the College is to regulate the practice of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals through the participation of the public and the profession in accordance Standards of Practice. The Scope of Practice is a ‘living’ document and must change with changes in legislation in each province and territory and as the demands of the profession advance.
The Scope has been recently revised and passed by the Board of Directors to differentiate the two credentials; the Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional (CVRP) and the practice speciality of Canadian Certified Vocational Evaluator (CCVE). The Board of Directors has established that the the enactment date for the revised scope will be January 1, 2020. Definitions of service delivery has been drafted and uploaded with this scope document, as well as a list of services usually performed by each professional, according to their credential. With the addition of three (3) new credentials this Fall 2019 – the International Certified Vocational Evaluator (IVCE), the Return to Work Disability Manager (RTWDM), and the Certified Forensic Life Care Planner (CFLCP), the College Scope of Practice may be revised again.
Standard 1 – Scope of Practice
The mandate of the College’s Board of Directors is to regulate the practice of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals in keeping with the College’s Standards of Practice, to ensure protection of the public.
As the regulatory body for Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals, the College has the responsibility to:
– Set and maintain professional standards of practice;
– Communicate those standards to the public and other stakeholders; and
– Evaluate the competency, continuing competency and professionalism of its registrants through certification, ensuring Registrants’ participation in continuing education, and disciplinary processes.
One of the College’s primary roles in fulfilling the above mentioned responsibilities is to articulate the Scope of Practice for Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals (CVRP) and Canadian Certified Vocational Evaluators (CCVE) for the understanding of the public, clients, the Registrants, employers, and other stakeholders.
The Scope of Practice refers to the competencies which members of the College have demonstrated based on experience, knowledge, education and training, and the respective services which Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals (CVRP) and Canadian Certified Vocational Evaluators (CCVE) are authorized by the College to perform.
The overall Scope of Practice for CVRP and CCVE sets the outer limits or boundaries of practice. The actual scope of practice of an individual CVRP and CCVE may be narrower than that of the overall Scope of the profession and is determined by an individual practitioner’s knowledge and education/training, practice setting, and specific competencies. It is the responsibility of each Registrant to ensure they are practicing not only within the Scope of Practice as defined by the College, but also within their individual area(s) of competence and expertise, as set out in the College Standards of Practice.
Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals (CVRP) assist individuals to access, maintain or return to vocational/avocational activities, or access same via individualized Vocational Rehabilitation and Support Services. The practice of vocational rehabilitation is a best-practices, client-centered process and specialized service which provide assistance to persons with or at risk of experiencing disabilities, impairments and limitations/barriers with respect to school, home, employment and in the community. Vocational Rehabilitation professionals possess a unique set of knowledge domains, experiences, skills, interventions and strategies which are used in providing Vocational Rehabilitation Services, as confirmed via the College’s vocational rehabilitation certification and examination process.
Canadian Certified Vocational Evaluators (CCVE), who also hold the CVRP credential, have the subspecialty expertise to conduct more comprehensive assessment and provide forensic services for assisting in the determination of benefit entitlement or quantifying financial losses related to vocational impairment, earning capacity, work capacity, employability, placeability as well as residual vocational capacity and avocational-related losses. Vocational Evaluation professionals possess a unique set of knowledge domains, experiences, skills, interventions and strategies which are used in providing Vocational Evaluation Services, as confirmed via the College’s vocational evaluation certification and examination process.
Scope of Practice Draft Definitions
Vocational Assessment/Rehabilitation Assessment/Return to Work (RTW) Assessment
A Vocational Assessment/Rehabilitation Assessment/Return to Work (RTW) Assessment is defined as the global appraisal of an individual’s work/training background, general functional capacities, and social/behavioural characteristics. This assessment usually includes an analysis of medical factors, psychological makeup, educational background, social behaviours, attitudes, values, work skills and abilities. The assessment may include an element of testing typically involving standardized psychometric tests, and/or work samples. The assessment generally includes a review of transferable skills. The assessment’s purpose is to identify individual characteristics, education, training and placement needs serving as the basis for planning an individual’s future education/employment. This type of assessment requires the expertise and experience of a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional (CVRP).
In comparison to a Vocational Assessment/Rehabilitation Assessment/Return to Work Assessment, a Vocational Evaluation is a more comprehensive and complex process, specifically designed for expert forensic analysis, dispute resolution, independent third-party assessments or medical legal purposes. It is defined as a specific process that involves the evaluation of an individual’s work-related characteristics relevant for education and training to obtain and maintain employment. A Vocational Evaluation is often used to assist in determining an individual’s benefit entitlement, residual vocational capacity, earning capacity (pre- or post-injury/illness, residual, lifetime), work life expectancy and vocational related losses, as well as to opine on rehabilitative or mitigating factors. It includes a comprehensive review of specific work characteristics, which may include, occupational interests, specific job skills (which may include psychometric testing and work sampling), worker traits, general intelligence, temperament, physical capacities, strength, range of motion and other work-related functions and aptitudes. A Vocational Evaluation requires the expertise and experience of a Canadian Certified Vocational Evaluator (CCVE).
Under the direct supervision of a CCVE, a CVRP may participate in part or all components of a Vocational Evaluation. Such supervision shall be documented through notation in the client’s records and/or signing/co-authoring of the client’s report by the CCVE.
Transferable Skills Analysis
A Transferable Skills Analysis (TSA) for RTW and Career Counselling/Planning purposes is defined as a systematic process of identifying an individual’s existing work abilities/skills/traits and aptitudes through a detailed analysis of his/her demonstrated vocational history, hobbies, recreational and volunteer activities, as well as accomplished education/training. During a TSA, the CVRP may conduct a thorough interview, capturing information on the individual’s psychosocial and functional status, referencing current health symptoms and limitations (medical, physical, psychological and/or cognitive) that may impact the individual’s vocational profile and capacities to ascertain a viable return to work plan. A TSA for the purposes of Career Counselling / Planning is to be used as a tool to determine needs for retraining and job placement.
A Transferable Skills Analysis (TSA) designed for forensic analysis, dispute resolution, independent third-party assessments or medical legal purposes requires the expertise and experience of CCVE. This type of TSA is considered more complex than a TSA designed for RTW and Career Counselling / Planning, as it is typically used to assist in determining future employability and earning capacity. This type of TSA is often used in the event that an individual may not be able to perform the essential duties of their past position or that his/her position no longer exists.
Under the direct supervision of a CCVE, a CVRP may participate in portion or all components of a TSA designed for forensic analysis, dispute resolution, independent third-party assessment or medical legal purposes. Such supervision shall be documented through notation in the client’s records and/or signing/co-authoring of the client’s report by the CCVE.
Draft List of Services for CVRP’s and CCVE’s as per the Scope of Practice Statement
- The following is a list of services that fall within the CVRP areas of expertise:
- Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling/Planning
- Vocational/Avocational Planning
- Rehabilitation Assessment / Vocational Assessment / Return to Work Analysis – Needs Assessment for return to work planning, career counselling or vocational rehabilitation planning
- Transferable Skills Analysis when it pertains to return to work (RTW), Vocational Rehabilitation or Career Counselling/Planning
- Labour Market Analysis
- Work Adjustment and Accommodation
- Job Skills Development
- Job Search, Job Development and Job Placement
- Life Care Planning/Cost of Future Care Planning
- Education for prevention of vocational disability
- Case Management/Rehabilitation Services Coordination and Return to Work/Disability Management
- Vocational Evaluation – for forensic, medical legal or dispute resolution purposes – to be completed under the supervision of a CCVE, such supervision being documented through notation in the client’s records and/or signing/co-authoring of the client’s report by the CCVE
- Transferable Skills Analysis for benefit eligibility and entitlement, future employability, and earning capacity – to be completed under the supervision of a CCVE, such supervision being documented through notation in the client’s records and/or signing/co-authoring of the client’s report by the CCVE.
- The following is a list of services that fall within the CCVE areas of expertise:
- Transferable Skills Analysis
- Vocational Evaluation
- Earning Capacity Assessment (pre- and post-injury, residual capacity and lifetime loss of earnings)
- Work-Life Expectancy Analysis
- Labour Market Re-Entry Assessment
- Situational Assessment