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How is VRA governed and managed?

VRA has an elected Board of Directors. The association's day-to-day operations are handled by an external association management firm. VRA also purchases external services to provide communications such as bulletins as well as stakeholder development, marketing and relationship-building. VRA operates under a five-year Strategic Plan, approved in December 2015.

What is the relationship between CAVEWAS and VRA Canada?

In the 1980s several Assessment professionals opted to form their own professional association, the Canadian Association for Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment (CAVEWA). Although CAVEWA was highly successful and respected, the membership voted to reunite with the VRA to enhance its operations through economies of scale and to focus more on outcomes and less on administration. CAVEWA became the first functionally based Society of the VRA and remains so to this day under the name CAVEWAS.

How long has VRA Canada existed?

VRA Canada - originally the Canadian Association of Rehabilitation Personnel, and later the Canadian Association of Rehabilitation professionals - was incorporated on May 7, 1970. In May 2020, VRA Canada celebrated its 50th anniversary.

How is VRA Canada governed?

VRA Canada is governed in accordance with the Canadian Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, the VRA Articles of Incorporation and Continuance documents, and VRA by-laws. Due diligence reporting is conducted through Industry Canada.

How do I submit information for continuing education credits?

Go to our website to determine if the course has been preapproved. If so, only a signed attendance verification form must be submitted. If it is not preapproved, please provide a brief biography of the speaker or an agenda or outline of the course, seminar or workshop along with a signed attendance verification form.

If I accumulate more than 100 hours of continuing education in a five-year period, can I apply the excess to the next five-year period?

No, since continuing education is intended to keep the rehabilitation professional current with emerging trends and technology, credits may ONLY be applied to the current registration period.

How many continuing education hours do I need to maintain my RRP or RCSS designation?

A total of 100 hours of approved continuing education over a five-year period is required to maintain the RRP designation. Of the 100 hours, 10 must be ethics-based. The requirement for the RCSS designation is 50 hours, with 5 hours of ethics education.

What is the relationship between VRA and CVRP?

The Association is about supporting the membership through services such as education, networking and advocacy, while the College's focus is on protecting the public through practices such as supporting designations. Both parties are careful of interaction so as to maintain independence and impartiality. However, VRA and CVRP collaborate to ensure their roles remain unique and that areas of overlap are eliminated.

Is the VR field regulated?

Vocational rehabilitation is self-regulated through an independent College of Practice, the College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals. Registration with CVRP is not mandatory but is highly encouraged.

I’m a disability manager. Could I be a member of VRA?

If you work within the VR Scope of Practice, you can be a VRA Canada member. This includes Disability Managers, Career Counselors, Career Developers, Life Care Planners, Ergonomists, et cetera - basically anyone working with people with disabilities with a focus on employment and/or community engagement for quality of life, or those supervising or educating individuals who provide such services. Researchers are also welcome to join.

Can I transfer my membership to someone else?

Memberships are non-transferable. New members should apply via the website.

When is my membership renewal due?

Membership must be renewed annually. Renewal typically begins after October 31 and ends December 31 each year. A late fee is applied for memberships received after December 31.

What does VRA Canada do for its members?

See Member Benefits for a list of benefits and services VRA Canada provides.

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