UPDATED: April 2019
Requirement: Language Fluency
Established: March 2015, to become effective September 1, 2015 Revised: N/A
Applicable to applicants for the following classes of certificate of registration:
- Psychologist authorizing autonomous practice
- Psychologist authorizing interim autonomous practice
- Psychologist authorizing supervised practice
- Psychological Associate authorizing autonomous practice
- Psychological Associate authorizing interim autonomous practice
- Psychological Associate authorizing supervised practice
Type of requirement: Exemptible
ONTARIO REGULATION 74/15, REGISTRATION
3. The following are registration requirements for all certificates of registration:
2. The applicant must be able with reasonable fluency to speak and write either English or French.
Effective communication is essential for the provision of competent, safe and quality psychological services. Language fluency enhances public protection by ensuring that members can communicate effectively with clients and other members of the health-care team. For these reasons the Registration Committee believes that applicants must provide persuasive evidence of language fluency in English or French.
An applicant may meet the requirement by:
- Providing documentary evidence in the form of a transcript sent directly from the university to the College, indicating that the applicant’s highest level psychology degree was completed in: Canada; the United States of America; the United Kingdom; the Republic of Ireland; Australia; New Zealand or France; or
- Providing verification in the form of a signed letter sent directly to the College from the educational institution where the applicant’s psychology degree was completed that verifies that the language of instruction, supervision and clinical practice was entirely in English or French; this may be provided as a hard-copy original document, fax or PDF; or
- Providing a report, directly from the language testing agency to the College, as a hard-copy original document, PDF or a fax, that the applicant has achieved the minimum scores indicated on one of the standardized language fluency tests approved by the College. An applicant must meet minimum scores in each area of one test and test results will be considered valid for two years from the date the test was administered.
TESTS AND MINIMUM SCORES REQUIRED TO MEET THE LANGUAGE FLUENCY REQUIREMENT –
COLLEGE OF PSYCHOLOGISTS OF ONTARIO
TOEFL internet based test (iBT)
Test d’évaluation du français (TEF)
5. Applicants may be exempted from the requirement if they cannot meet it through the means described in 1., 2. or 4. above and has a documented disability1 that would affect theirability to meet the requirement by completing a standardized language fluency test, as described in 3. Such exemption will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Registration Committee.
- An applicant who can provide acceptable evidence of fluency will be deemed to have met the language fluency requirement for registration.
- Applicants who cannot provide sufficient evidence of fluency will be notified that they cannot be registered until they have met this requirement.
- Applicants who can satisfy the Registration Committee that they should be exempted from the requirement based on the criteria indicated in 5. above may be exempted from meeting the requirement.
1 The Access for Ontarians with Disabilities Act defines “disability” as:
a. any degree of physical disability, infirmity, malformation or disfigurement that is caused by bodily injury, birth defect or illness and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, includes diabetes mellitus, epilepsy, a brain injury, any degree of paralysis, amputation, lack of physical co-ordination, blindness or visual impediment, deafness or hearing impediment, muteness or speech impediment, or physical reliance on a guide dog or other animal or on a wheelchair or other remedial appliance or device,
b. a condition of mental impairment or a developmental disability,
c. a learning disability, or a dysfunction in one or more of the processes involved in understanding or using symbols or spoken language,
d. a mental disorder, or
e. an injury or disability for which benefits were claimed or received under the insurance plan established under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997; (“handicap”).