The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced many changes to how individuals and organizations are able to operate. To mitigate registration delays in this time of disruption, ACSLPA is making the following short-term changes to the requirements for registration. These changes will be discontinued upon further notice when either (a) they are no longer required or (b) when changes to the situation warrant other actions.
For All Applicants:
- ACSLPA will accept documents submitted electronically or by mail.
- Documents submitted electronically should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Electronic documents (e.g. transcripts, credential assessments, police information check/vulnerable sector checks) from post-secondary, recognized assessment agencies and police services that can be accessed or verified by secure login site will be accepted as original documents.
- For those who are submitting electronic copies of documents (i.e., not from a secure recognized login site), original documents will still be required eventually according to ACSLPA’s Registration Handbook; however, applications will be processed using the electronic copies until originals can be received. A condition will be placed on practice permits and on the public register indicating that original documents will be required in order to complete all requirements.
- A truthful, signed declaration (included on the application form) related to issues surrounding good character and reputation, criminal history, and professional conduct will be accepted in lieu of a Police Information Check / Vulnerable Sector Check (PIC/VSC). PIC/VSC documents will still be accepted and processed if they are available.
- The Police Information Check and Vulnerable Sector Check (PIC/VSC) will still be required eventually according to ACSLPA’s Registration Handbook; however, applications will be processed without the PSC/VSC. A condition will be placed on practice permits and the public register indicating that the PSC/VSC will be required in order to complete all requirements.
- All applicants/registrants processed using these amended rules will be contacted when it is time to provide the original and/or hard copy documents in order to complete requirements and have conditions removed.
For individuals seeking registration with ACSLPA who are currently registered in another jurisdiction (province) in Canada, the following additional steps have been implemented:
- Registrations will be expedited without the verification form from the other jurisdiction provided we are able to verify registration via the register available on their website. Verification documents will still be accepted and processed if they are available.
- A verification form from the other jurisdiction will ultimately still be required; all applicants/registrants will be contacted when it is time to provide this documentation.
- A condition will be placed on the practice permit and public register indicating that a verification form is outstanding.
- A truthful, signed declaration from the applicant related to issues surrounding good character and reputation will continue to be required prior to confirmation of registration.
For individuals trained outside of Canada / graduates of programs not accredited by CACUP, the following information should be considered:
English Language Proficiency (ELP) Requirements
For the duration of the pandemic, for those applicants who are required to provide evidence of ELP, ACSLPA will accept scores obtained from the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition in addition to the English language tests that we typically accept.
Please refer to appendix 4 of the Registration Handbook for further information.