Academic Credentialing Council Volunteer (ACC)

The ACC is responsible for establishing standards, evaluating education programs, and recommends academic accreditation decisions for university occupational therapy education programs. Members consider off- site and on-site reviews conducted according to the policies and procedures of academic accreditation. The ACC also advises on policy matters relating to academic accreditation. Members are appointed by the Council.


Primary responsibilities or tasks
Council members are expected to attend teleconference meetings (approx. 1 ½ hours 2-3 times per year) and once yearly in-person meetings (1 ½ days), each meeting requiring approx. 1-3 hours preparation.
ACC tasks include:
  • Participate on off-site and on-site teams as able.
  • Review the submissions of the educational programs according to the most current academic accreditation policies and procedures.
  • Participate in accreditation decisions about the program under review.
  • Advise and make recommendations to the Board on the mandate of the Academic Credentialing Council.
  • Maintain compliance with confidentiality and conflict of interest policies and procedures.
  • Evaluate the work of the Council on an annual basis for continuous improvement.

Qualifications
Seeking two new members. Preference for Professional Practice Leaders or Fieldwork Coordinators. Bilingualism is an asset. The ACC completes business in English. Consideration is given to promote ACC diversity, regional representation, and a variety of educational/pedagogical experience. Requires skills in working as a team/colleague with other ACC members. The following are the required credentials:
  • Minimum master’s degree in occupational therapy (entry or post-professional)
  • Current membership in the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists


Time commitment
Attendance at teleconference and in-person meetings, and preparation (emailed documents). Members are appointed for a two-year term renewable twice.

Benefits
Contributing to excellence in entry-to-practice education nationally. Collaboration with colleagues across Canada and gaining experience in accreditation and continuous quality improvement processes. Travel to in-person meeting (Toronto/Ottawa/Montreal, TBA) with expenses covered.

Orientation/Training
New members are required to complete a three-hour online webinar training through AAAC. A training manual is provided for individual review. CAOT staff (Accreditation Officer &/or Director of Standards) provide any further orientation as requested. Mentoring is provided by ACC chair and other ACC members.

Supervision
ACC Chair and ACC members, with resources/assistance from Director of Standards and Accreditation Officer.

Evaluation/feedback
As needed post meeting by ACC Chair and/or Director of Standards.

Special resources or policies/agreement
Required to report completion of training webinar and sign Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest agreement. Names of Council members posted on accreditation website for transparency.

Interested?  We hope so. Become an ACC volunteer by emailing your CV and/or a short summary of your practice experience to Ryan McGovern at exam@caot.ca

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