Rights and Responsibilities

The College recognizes the following rights and imposes the following responsibilities on occupational therapists taking the Continuing Competence Exam (CCE)

  1. Rights to Information Prior to Testing
  • Information is available free of charge.
  • The following information is available to all examinees prior to testing:
    – the CCE purpose
    – timelines (required frequency, notification)
    – location (online)
    – required materials and/or equipment
    – process for exemption due to non-clinical status
    – process for deferral requests
    – process for accommodation requests
    – exam blueprint
    – availability of orientation materials
    – online exam process (e.g. time limits, test-taking strategies, online self-checking of responses),
    – intended exam use
    – exam scoring criteria and access to results by whom and for what purposes
    – exam policy regarding make-ups and re-takes and protocols for test-security reasons
    – safeguards for confidentiality/privacy protection
    – information on what may constitute a breach in confidentiality that compromises the security of the test items, such as disclosing confidential test material, or otherwise engages in dishonest or fraudulent behavior.
    – Information on what may constitute cheating, such as, but not limited to having someone else take the test for him/her, using materials to aid in answering the questions, or working with or colluding with other occupational therapists when answering questions.
    – Fees associated with any part of the CCE.

2. Rights of Access to Exam Results and Protection from Unauthorized Use of Exam Results
• Access to exam results is provided in a password, protected secure online environment.
• Exam results are protected from improper disclosure.
• Exam results are released only to persons who are covered by the informed consent of examinee.

3. Rights in relation to Exam Incidents and/or Irregularities
• Additional personal and other information may be gathered to investigate any alleged misconduct or incident.
• Allegations of misconduct reported by the proctors or other associates of the examinee will be retained and protected by the College.
• The existence of quality assurance processes to guide decisions arising from exam incidents and/or irregularities, e.g. allowing a make-up.

4. Rights to Fair and Accurate Score Reports
• If a score report is delayed, the examinee will be notified, reasons given and reasonable efforts made to expedite review and protect the interests of the examinee.
• Evidence gathered during investigation leading to a decision will be shared with the examinee, absent of extenuating circumstances.
• Information will be provided to examinees regarding the process for reconsidering CCE results.

5. Examinee’s Responsibilities during the Test Administration Process

Examinees are responsible for:
• Completing the CCE in accordance with exam requirements and in good faith.
• Consenting to disclosure of personal information by COTBC for purposes that may be needed by the proctor (e.g. to facilitate an accommodation).

Examinees will NOT:
• Arrange for a substitute to complete the cases and questions in their place.
• Consult or seek help from others, in person, by telephone, email, text messaging or any other form of communication.
• Refer to resource materials to help answer the questions.
• Behave in any manner that may disturb other registrants who may be completing the CCE at the same site.
• Share, discuss or otherwise disclose any contents or process related to the online QAP environment, as it is a proprietary system owned by COTBC.

These responsibilities extend beyond the time of the occupational therapist’s participation.