Evolution of Professions – Messsage from Past College President
A group of like-minded professionals started VRAC 50 years ago and the CAVEWAS society was started over 30 years ago. During this period, like other professional entities, we have witnessed many changes as our profession evolved and developed.
During this time, we went from having the Accredited Rehab Worker (ARW) to the Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP) to the Registered Vocational Professional (RVP) to establishing a national self-regulatory college.
Many entities have become government regulated while others have chosen self-regulation. The founders of the profession had a great vision and we owe each of them our thanks for laying the groundwork towards the pathway of professional excellence. Voluntarily belonging to both VRA Canada and CVRP says a great deal about the professional. By belonging, you are validating your commitment to the profession as well as to your scope of practice.
Over the years, we have witnessed professional bodies go from requiring a diploma to a board exam to a degree and board exam. Now some are even requiring applicants to have a master’s degree in addition to writing a board exam. Board certification within our own profession has been recognized by VRAC for years (as outlined in VRAC by-laws) even before the establishment of our own Canadian College.
Over the years we had the CCRC/CVE/CLCP through the United States where we, in Canada, could have validated our skills and knowledge through board certification.
Over the past few years the CVRP has gone under similar changes by having to update and/or amend certain areas within the various SOP offered through the College. The primary reason for these additional changes within the CVRP was due to the development and implementation of the CCVE five years ago where individuals could now demonstrate to the public their commitment to validating their excellence and competence to themselves and the public at large within this sub-specialty. Also, another important reason for the change in our scope of practice was a result of the College receiving numerous complaints over the years around non-CCVE registrants doing TSA’s. For this reason, it was imperative we reviewed our competencies around the completion of one’s specific work product and enhance the learning domains around doing TSA work.
With these changes, we had a number of CVRP registrants who were doing TSA related work express their concerns around these changes because many of them were not doing vocational evaluations/assessments but were doing TSA work and still wanted to do TSA work. In listening to their valued views, the College created a defensible pathway for those CVRP registrants who wanted to continue doing TSA work without becoming a CCVE registrant.
Therefore, by listening to these individuals, your College has rolled out this new pathway so those wanting to, can now complete the requirements to meet this scope of work.
As we understand, there are always growing pains with change, so we are providing these individuals with ample time to complete this pathway (June 2021) so they can continue to do TSA scope of work.
The feedback from CVRP registrants wanting time to complete this pathway has been very positive because they want to validate their skills and knowledge (within the applicable domains of knowledge) not only for themselves but especially to the public.
By becoming board certified, we provide enhanced transparency for heightened consumer confidence instead of self- proclaiming one’s competency. CVRP holders have been demonstrating their competency for the past plus ten years.
As we continue with our professional development, the association is the representative and face of those working in the field and the college is there to protect the public by establishing required criteria to demonstrate and validate the skills and competency of those who wish to become certified.
VRAC and CAVEWAS have been successfully working extremely hard in developing the academic knowledge required to address each of the learning domains as it pertains to becoming a CVRP and a CCVE. I encourage those who haven’t had the time to date, to go online to review this amazing body of work.
The development of one’s profession is a time-consuming venture, as demonstrated over the past 50 years. The concept of self- regulation demonstrates to the public that we are meeting peer reviewed standards of competency. By learning the domains of knowledge, within one’s scope of practice, we are distinguishing ourselves as those experts who are qualified compared to self-proclamation.
Looking forward to celebrating our 50 years of professionalism in Victoria, BC!
Best Wishes and be safe!
CVRP Past President
Scope of Practice Statement
Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals Transferable Skills Analysis, CVRP TSA assist individuals to access, maintain or return to vocational/avocational activities, and to determine and facilitate access to any vocational rehabilitation and/or support services needed to achieve the desired goals. The practice of vocational rehabilitation is a best-practice, client-centered process and specialized service which provides assistance to persons with or at-risk of experiencing disabilities, impairments, limitations and/or barriers with respect to school, home, employment and community-based activities. Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals possess a unique set of knowledge, experiences, skills, as well as the ability to determine and apply interventions and strategies in order to provide vocational rehabilitation services, as confirmed via the College’s certification and examination process. CVRP registrants, who have successfully met the requirements pertaining to doing TSA scope of work, are recognized to be qualified to independently carry out and write TSA reports without the report being co-authored or peer reviewed by a CCVE.
CVRPs Wanting to do TSA Work
The College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals is pleased to have developed a pathway for CVRP Registrants who do or want to do TSA work.
The College, as per a formal request from VRA Canada, has reviewed the recommendation made and developed a pathway that will evaluate the Registrant’s demonstrated competency while addressing the critical requirement to protect the public.
Current CVRP Registrants wanting to do, or continue doing, TSA work must complete the requirements by the end of June 30, 2021. All future CVRPs wanting to do TSA scope of work after June 30, 2021 must complete the requirements as per the application process.
The Board of the College has approved a transition period for applicants to meet all the requirements by June 30, 2021 who are currently doing TSA work. All new CVRP Registrants wanting to do TSA work must meet the requirements prior to commencing this work as per the College’s scope of practice.
Effective immediately, any Registrant who is doing or wants to do TSA work can apply to be evaluated.