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Registration requirements for applicants during the COVID-19 pandemic

Updated July 10, 2020

CSHBC recognizes that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may encounter some challenges in obtaining documents required for their application to the College and in completing English language testing (if required). In response, the CSHBC Registration Committee has authorized some temporary changes to the format in which application documentation may be submitted and English language tests may be taken:

  • Academic transcripts – If your official transcript is unavailable due to the pandemic, CSHBC will accept confirmation of your successful completion of your program in any format, as long as this is sent to the College directly from your educational institution. The institution must provide the official transcript to CSHBC as soon as it becomes available.
  • Summary of clinical practice hours forms – If your Program Director is unable to provide an original signature, CSHBC will accept forms containing an electronic signature as long as they are sent directly from the Program Director in question.
  • Character references – CSHBC will accept emailed character references containing electronic signatures.
  • Verification of registration in another regulatory body – If your regulatory body is unable to provide verification of your registration via its usual process (e.g. in hard copy/with an original signature or seal), CSHBC will accept an email from the Registrar or Deputy Registrar of that regulatory body. This email must contain all information usually provided in a verification or registration from that regulator and must be sent directly from the email address of the Registrar or Deputy Registrar.
  • English language testing – If you are unable to attend an IELTS or TOEFL testing centre in person as a result of the pandemic, CSHBC will accept test results from TOEFL’s iBT Special Home Edition test. CSHBC will not accept test results from IELTS’s Indictor test.

Modifications to CSHBC programs and processes to address the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic are temporary and not precedent-setting or permanent.

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