Alternative Pathways into ARIDO Membership
Fair Access Registration Requirements and Practices

In early 2014, the ARIDO Board of Management formed the Alternative Pathways Task Force and it began a voluntary review of ARIDO’s current registration requirements and practices. The result of that review is a series of recommendations to help better ensure fair access for all applicants.

The Task Force also took into careful consideration the current regulatory environment, namely the Fair Access legislation as enforced by the Office of Fairness Commissioner of Ontario (OFC), in order to:

  • critically examine the relevance of existing registration requirements
  • identify potential gaps that may exist between the current minimum standards and the minimum competencies required to practice the profession
  • ensure that there are no barriers to the profession
  • become transparent about all possible routes for meeting registration requirements
  • provide clear information to applicants about acceptable alternatives

Following an extensive six-month review process, between June and December 2014, the Task Force compiled their findings into a Recommendation Report. Their recommendations set a clear direction for ensuring fair access into ARIDO Intern membership.

The Task Force report found that in order to ensure fair access for all Intern applicants, ARIDO needs to move toward the assessment of qualifications based on competencies, rather than credentials. This direction was determined after much discussion and analysis that led to the conclusion that ARIDO’s current practices are unintentionally excluding and limiting certain profiles of Intern applicants for membership based on education credentials.

Moving toward competency-based assessment will improve fair access for non-traditional Intern applicants who do not meet the minimum education credential but who have the competencies equivalent to the learning outcomes of the CIDA-accredited degree programs. Examples of non-traditional applicants include foreign-trained/educated individuals and others with non-traditional educational/training background.

The Task Force also took into account the upcoming change to the Intern membership minimum education requirement for a CIDA-accredited degree starting in July 2017 in Ontario. The recommendations address the need to provide non-traditional applicants with fair opportunities to show what they know and can do. Whether acquired through formal and/or informal learning, non-traditional applicants will have a fair chance to demonstrate that their competencies are at the level expected of the CIDA-accredited degree graduates. This will ensure that the education requirements for ARIDO Intern membership are consistently applied and not diluted, and also that non-traditional applicants have a fair opportunity.

Lastly, the Task Force confirmed that the requirements to become a Registered member which includes minimum education, experience and examination requirements remain unchanged.