In Ontario, some professions set their own standards of practice. These are known as regulated professions. Regulated professions make sure that their members meet specified standards of practice.
To work in a regulated profession, you must be registered with the appropriate regulatory body. For example, if you want to be a practising physician or surgeon in Ontario, you need to be a member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. It is illegal to use the job title restricted to regulated professions without a licence or certificate from the appropriate regulatory body.
Each regulatory body has the authority to set entry and training requirements, set the standards of practice, assess qualifications, register qualified applicants and discipline its members.
To be registered with a regulatory body, you must apply. Your qualifications will be assessed and if you meet the requirements you will be licensed and able to practice your profession in Ontario. If you do not qualify, you will need to take steps to meet the licensing requirements. The application and assessment process takes time and costs money, so be sure to understand the process before you begin.
Regulated Non-Health Professions
- Certified Engineering Technicians and Technology
- Chartered Professional Accounting
- Early Childhood Educator
- Forestry and Geoscience
- Human Resources Professional
- Insurance Broker
- Land Surveying
- Law and Paralegal
- Professional Engineering
- Real Estate Agent
- Social Work and Social Service Work
- Veterinary Medicine
Non-Health Professions With Protected Titles
- Chartered Chemist
Did You Know?
Global Experience Ontario helps internationally trained and educated individuals in regulated non-health professions find out how to qualify for professional practice in Ontario.
Regulated Health Professions
- Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
- Chiropody and Podiatry
- Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, Dental Technology, Denturism
- Homeopathy, Naturopathy
- Kinesiology, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Massage Therapy
- Medical Laboratory Technology and Medical Radiation Technology
- Medicine – Physician or Surgeon
- Opticianry and Optometry
- Pharmacy and Pharmacy Technician
- Psychology and Psychotherapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture
Health Force Ontario
The Health Force Ontario Centre is an excellent resource for international educated health professionals in Ontario. The Access Centre has a range of free services, including one-to-one counselling, information sessions, webinars and a resource library.
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