If it deems the level of competence of a member to be below what is required for the protection of the public, the Order may impose a refresher training period on a social worker who:
- registers on the Membership Roll of the Order more than 5 years after obtaining the degree allowing access to the Order, or
- has re-registered for the Membership Roll of the Order after an absence of more than 5 years.
If you are in either of these situations when you submit your application for admission or re-registration, the Regulation respecting refresher training periods for members of the Ordre professionnel des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec applies to you (C-26, r. 296).
Refresher training is not imposed automatically. A file review is used to enable the Order to evaluate the applicant’s professional experience.
The study of such applications can be done at any time once we have received all of the payments and documents required to complete your file.
Please note that after studying your file, if your work experience during the last 5 years does not represent the practice of the profession, your file will be submitted to the next meeting of the Admissions and Equivalences Committee. That Committee may recommend to the Executive Committee the imposition of a refresher training period that can include a practicum and training. Thus, the issue of the permit and registration on the Membership Role cannot occur before the Executive Committee of the Order proceeds to impose refresher training pursuant to the Regulation respecting refresher training of members of the OTSTCFQ .
However, if a review of your file allows the Order to determine that you have practiced the professional activities associated with the social worker profession during the last 5 years, the Admissions Service will recommend the issue of a permit and registration on the Membership Roll of the Order. This can occur quickly without any additional requirements.
If your work experience over the last 5 years does not demonstrate 800 hours of professional activities representing the practice of the social worker profession, the Admissions Service will recommend imposing a period of refresher training. You will then be notified of this by registered mail.
Upon the issue of a recommendation to impose refresher training, you can, if you consider it relevant, be heard according to the following steps:
- Submit supplementary information in writing, OR
- Be heard by the Admissions and Equivalences Committee.
If the Admissions and Equivalences Committee maintains the recommendation to impose refresher training, you also have the right to be heard by the Executive Committee. This Committee meets about 6 times per year. You should then anticipate a wait that can be as much as 12 weeks for the processing of the file starting from the date when all documents and payments required by the Order are received.
In case of withdrawal from the Membership Roll of the Order before the refresher training is completed
If the Executive Committee imposes a refresher training period upon admission, you are required to comply with that decision.
If your name is withdrawn from the Membership Roll of the Order (for non-renewal, non-payment, etc.) before the refresher training period has been completed, it remains enforceable upon application for re-registration.
Moreover, the Order could impose new conditions, in case of legislative or regulatory amendments.
Please note that any hours of professional practice performed between being struck from the Roll and re-registration cannot in any case be recognized by the Order.