Update:  Ontario Application Process and the National Canadian Entry To Practice  (CETP) Exam

May 11, 2020

Important Update: Always access information about the Canadian Entry-To-Practice Exam (CETP) here if applying to Ontario

All relevant and current information regarding registration in Ontario should be obtained from CASLPO’s website only.

Due to the ongoing pandemic emergency across Canada, the United States, and globally, CASLPO has decided that for the purposes of registration with the College we will not be requiring the successful completion of the Canadian Entry-to-Practice Exam (CETP) as a criterion for registration with us until April 1, 2021.

Due to the pandemic, CAASPR is unable to address the multitude of unpredictable conditions for sitting the Canadian Entry-to-Practice (CETP) Exam. This uncertainty poses a significant burden on CASLPO administration and all stakeholders for a variety of reasons.  Consequently, CASLPO Council has decided that they will NOT require the successful completion of the CETP Exam until April 1, 2021, regardless of whether our amendments to the Registration Regulation are approved by the Ministry of Health, or not.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

This means that any applicant whose COMPLETED application is received by CASLPO before April 1, 2021  will not be required to write the CETP in order to be registered in Ontario.

We will continue to post further updates, if needed.

 

April, 2020

We appreciate that new applicants may be anxious to find out if there will be an exam requirement for applicants to Ontario. We currently do not know when the amended CASLPO Registration regulation will be passed by the Ontario Ministry of Health which will determine future developments.  However, we do think it will be significantly delayed given the attention the Ministry of Health must devote to managing the pandemic.

For this reason, we advise that you do not take steps to begin the process of enrolling for the National Entry To Practice exam. Although CAASPR's portal may be open for applicants to begin this enrollment process, we ask that you wait until CASLPO provides further information specific to Ontario.

This web page will continue to be updated as new information is obtained.

 

March 4, 2020

The following is an Update. Please scroll down to read the November 27, 2019 post below for background information regarding the Canadian Alliance of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Regulators (CAASPR) and the CAASPR Canadian Entry to Practice Exam (CETP Exam).

Please note this information is relevant to applications to Ontario only. If you intend to apply to a different province, you must consult with that province’s regulatory body.

Update: CASLPO’s amendments to our Registration Regulation and the national CETP Exam

CASLPO has now submitted the amendments to our Registration Regulation to the Ministry of Health (MOH), which includes the provision to require an exam for registration. Once the amendments have been approved, all applicants to Ontario will be required to pass the CETP exam.

It is not possible to predict the exact timeline, but we are hopeful that the amendments will be approved in time for the administration of the October 3, 2020 exam.

2020 Applications to CASLPO 

Regardless of when the amendments to the Registration Regulation are approved by the MOH, for the year 2020 applications to Ontario will continue to be processed directly by CASLPO. Information guides and forms will be posted on our website in the near future detailing the application process.

Important details about the timing of the receipt of your complete application

  • If your complete application is received before the amendments to the Registration Regulation have been approved, you will not be required to write the exam for registration with CASLPO.
  • If your complete application is received after the amendments to the Registration Regulation have been approved, you will be required to write the exam, which will mean you will also submit an application to write the exam.

How do I apply for the national CETP exam and for registration with CASLPO once the amendments to the Registration Regulation have been approved?

Application processes will differ depending on if you graduated from a professional master’s degree program in or outside of Canada.

Graduates from Canadian Audiology or SLP Master’s programs:

You will be able to submit an application to write the October 3, 2020 CETP exam prior to the completion of your degree in 2020, provided that your program director can attest that all program components will have been completed by August 15, 2020.

Steps involved:

  • Applicant submits an application for registration to CASLPO
  • CASLPO will assess the application once all of the documents have been received
  • CASLPO will confirm with the university that the applicant will have completed their program components by August 15, 2020.
  • Applicant receives a communication from CASLPO indicating whether or not they are eligible to write the CETP Exam
  • If eligible, applicant will need to apply to enroll for the exam through a second process.

Note: The timeline for applicants from McMaster University will differ from applicants from the other Canadian universities. This information will be provided in a subsequent update.

Graduates of International Programs:

Because you did not graduate from a Canadian program, CASLPO must first determine that your program is equivalent. You must submit a complete application prior to enrollment for the CETP exam, which means you will be able to submit an application to enroll in the CETP exam after the completion of your program

Steps involved:

  • Applicant submits an application for registration to CASLPO
  • CASLPO will assess the application once all of the documents have been received (note: document indicating eligibility to work in Canada is not required at this stage)
  • Applicant receives a communication from CASLPO indicating whether or not they are eligible to write the CETP Exam
  • If eligible, applicant will need to apply to enroll for the exam through a second process.

Note: Beginning 2021, there will be both Spring and Fall exam sittings.

Can I work as an audiologist or speech-language pathologist in Ontario before I write the national CETP Exam?

In the amendments to the Registration Regulation, CASLPO has included a provision in which the Registrar may issue an initial certificate to an applicant, if the applicant undertakes to successfully complete the CETP exam during the term of the applicant’s initial certificate of registration*.

How should I prepare for the national CETP exam?

The national CETP exam will be based on the CAASPR National Competency Profiles, which can be found on CAASPR’s website: http://caaspr.ca/newsandevents/national-audiology-and-speech-language-pathology-competency-profiles/

The Competencies were developed over a lengthy period by working groups composed of new and experienced audiologists and speech-language pathologists, educators, regulators, representatives of Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) and Canadian Academy of Audiology (CAA) and expert consultants.

CAASPR has also provided blueprints for the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology National CETP Exams on their website: http://caaspr.ca/resources/

Further information – CAASPR National Exam

Visit the CAASPR website to view their FAQs, from October 2019:

http://caaspr.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/FAQs-CETP-Exam-Oct-2019-EN-1.pdf

Please note that if the information provided in the CAASPR FAQs differs from this national CETP Exam webpage, the information in this CETP national Exam webpage is followed for applicants to Ontario.

*NOTE:  Every facet of the amended regulation is subject to MOH approval.

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Additional Background Information – Published on CASLPO’s Website November 27, 2019.

This website is intended to provide information to the public and registrants. Should there be difference in documentation previously distributed to CASLPO registrants, it is up to the registrant to source the latest version posted on the CASLPO website. Note: the term "member" and "registrant" are used interchangeably throughout CASLPO's website and documents. Both terms are synonymous to "member" as defined in the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Act, 1991, and the Regulations under those Acts.