As a new regulatory college, CRPO is not permitted to impose residency or citizenship requirements on individuals who apply to CRPO. Hence it is possible for an individual who resides in another province, or anywhere in the world, to become registered with CRPO.
Application & Registration Process
The application and registration processes for an individual who resides in another Canadian province is virtually identical to the registration process that an Ontario-based individual would follow. All registration requirements and fees are the same, whether a person resides in Ontario, in another Canadian jurisdiction or internationally. Once a member is registered, they must meet additional requirements before they can practise independently – these include completion of the registration exam and obtaining a set number of clinical supervision and direct client contact hours. The registration exam is only available in Canada.
Whether a member resides in Ontario or in another jurisdiction, all must adhere to the same general professional obligations. These include, for example:
- Using the title that was conferred by CRPO in accordance with the Professional Practice Standards
- Upholding the Code of Ethics and abide by the Professional Practice Standards
- Engaging in the annual renewal process, which includes providing updated information and paying the annual registration fee
- Maintaining professional liability insurance
- Engaging in the Quality Assurance Program
- Responding appropriately to communications from the College, where it is necessary to do so
Guidance to Members Residing in Another Province
In addition to upholding the Code of Ethics and abiding by the Professional Practice Standards, members of CRPO must be in compliance with the Regulated Health Professions Act and the Psychotherapy Act, and any regulations made under those acts. There are a number of province-specific laws that guide the work of health care professionals; for example, health care consent laws, information privacy laws, vulnerable person protection laws, and so on. Members of CRPO who practise in another jurisdiction must be able to comply with the laws where they are located in addition to the requirements that apply as a member of CRPO.
If a complaint is made against a member who resides in another province, the member would be subject to CRPO’s complaints process.
Anyone with questions about regulation and/or professional practice may contact the Practice Advisory Service for information.