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Removing requirement that work experience be obtained in Ontario

Classification: Non-Health

Regulatory Body

Ontario Professional FORESTERS Association

Ontario Professional FORESTERS Association


This practice helps ensure that the work experience requirement for forestry is relevant and necessary to the practice of the profession.

The Ontario Professional Foresters Association (OPFA) demonstrates a commitment to learn from appeals and to respond by improving registration practices. In response to one appeal, the OPFA's executive committee instructed the registration committee to exercise its discretion to consider work experience from outside Ontario.

The OPFA Council later voted to remove the requirement that work experience be obtained in Ontario.

To implement this change consistently, the OPFA is working to identify the forestry competencies to be demonstrated through work experience. It is also developing criteria for assessing whether an applicant's work experience can be applied towards the eighteen-month requirement.

This practice gives applicants greater flexibility in demonstrating relevant professional experience and competency to practise forestry in Ontario.

Value to Regulator

  • Helps to ensure quality of qualifications assessment decisions. Assessment tools and processes measure what they intend to measure and yield consistent results.
  • Helps to accommodate diverse needs of applicants.
  • Helps to prevent potential for unintended or differential impact on non-traditional applicants.

Value for Applicants

  • Helps applicants better understand assessment of qualifications process and results of assessment.
  • Enables applicants to meet registration requirements in more efficient way; process is streamlined and registration requirements are relevant and fair.

Duties from Registration Practices Assessment Guides

This practice falls under the following duties from the Registration Practices Assessment Guides:

  • Fairness
  • Fairness

Profession's Membership Size

Small (fewer than 2,000 members)

Date of publication:

May 08, 2014