International Applicants

 
PREAMBLE:

The Bylaws of the Canadian Society of Clinical Perfusion state that: in order to be eligible to write the CSCP certification exam an individual must be a graduate from an accredited training program and hold an undergraduate degree either prior to entry into the training program or upon completion of the program which awards a degree. 
In very unique and exceptional circumstances, an individual employed as a Perfusionist within Canada or recipient of an employment offer from a Canadian Institution, can apply to the Board of Directors for acceptance into the Internationally Educated (IE) applicants process. This process is designed to allow those individuals the opportunity to become eligible to write the CSCP certification exam without being a graduate of an accredited program. 
 

INTERNATIONALLY EDUCATED (IE) APPLICANT'S PROCESS:
 
Upon application to the IE process, the candidate is required to send all documentation regarding education, curriculum, credentials, references and application fee to CSCP National Office via one of two online forms provided below.  Applications will be evaluated by the IE Chair. Upon approval that the application meets the requirements of the process, the application will be brought forward to a Board of Directors meeting.  Board meetings take place two (2) times per year; January and September - no exceptions.    
 
Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. Before any evaluation can be implemented all documentation must be complete and the IE applicant’s fee must be paid in full.  This fee is non-refundable regardless of outcome.
 
Once the applicant has successfully met the requirements for entry into the IE applicants process and the international program is deemed equivalent by the CSCP Board of Directors, the applicant will receive a letter stating that they are eligible to proceed to Phase I of the Internationally Educated (IE) applicant's process.
The process consists of three (3) phases, which must be completed in order;
 
Phase I
Didactic Assessment
 
Phase II
Clinical Assessment
 
Phase III
Certification


ENTRY PRE-REQUISITES:
 
In order to begin Phase I the applicant must fulfill the following prerequisites;
 
A)    Must hold an undergraduate degree equivalent to that of a recognized Canadian University.
This must be documented by a “Comprehensive Report” produced by the “World Education             Services” (WES) Credential Assessment Service in Canada
For more information visit:  www.wes.org/ca

B)    Must be proficient in English. Should English not be the applicant’s first language, proficiency   must be demonstrated on one (1) of the following:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - proficiency must be demonstrated by marks greater than 100 (iBT)  with a minimum of 22 on the Writing Section or 250 (computer) or 600 (written) and  Test of Written English (TWE) of 5.0. Unless applicants have written a TWE along with the paper-based TOEFL test, they will be required to write that portion of the assessment.  For more information visit: www.toefl.org
or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - The scoring for IELTS is an overall score of 6.5 with all components (bands) of the test being at a 6 or above. Academic test format is required.  For more information visit:  www.ielts.org

Only tests taken in the last two years are considered valid.

C)    Must have completed a cardiovascular perfusion training program that is equivalent both in the didactic and clinical portion, to the accredited programs in Canada. In order for the program to be evaluated the applicant must provide the following:
 
i)    The didactic curriculum with the courses studied, the hours of instruction per
      course and the marks received. 
 
ii)   The time spent training clinically and description of the evaluation process. 
 
iii)   List of exposure and proficiency of the types of procedures received during
      clinical training. 
 
iv)   The credentials of the instructors, both in the didactic and in the clinical portion of
       the program. 
 
v)    A copy of the certificate from the educational institution. 
 
vi)   Must have successfully passed any certification exam that is offered in the
       country where the education was completed.
 
D)     Must apply to the IE applicants process via one of the online application forms provided below and pay the non-refundable application fee.

Non-refundable application fee must be paid in Canadian Funds (CAD) to the Canadian Society of Clinical Perfusion to initiate Phase I of the process:
 
$750 CAD if applying with a job offer
 
$1,000 CAD if applying without a job offer

PHASE I
Phase I consists of two (2) written assessments (Prior Learning Assessments) that are designed to evaluate Perfusion-based knowledge and must be successfully completed in order at an accredited training institution within Canada.

It should be noted that accredited training institutes may not have designated availability to enroll applicants.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to coordinate the timing of Phase I and II with the Institute.

The first evaluation is an assessment of perfusion theory. This is administered as a multiple-choice examination. 

The second evaluation is an assessment of clinical perfusion competency. This is administered as a multiple-choice examination.
 
Each evaluation requires a minimum pass mark of 60%.
 
Upon successful completion of the Prior Learning Assessments, the applicant will be given a letter indicating this completion.  The CSCP Board of Directors informs the applicant via formal letter stating that the individual is eligible to proceed to Phase II.

All associated fees for Phase I are the responsibility of the applicant.
 

PHASE II
1. Clinical Assessment
    Successful completion of Clinical Assessment in an accredited clinical training site in Canada.           This will be coordinated with the accredited training institute that provided the Prior Learning             Assessments in Phase I.
 

    Prior to entering the Clinical assessment, the applicant must meet all clinical placement                     requirements as set out by the training institute.  This will require health clearances and possibly       other requirements (e.g. Vulnerable Sector Check). Applicants applying from outside Canada
    must meet all visa requirements.

a)     The Clinical Assessment of the applicant will take the form of a 4-7 week clinical rotation supervised by a Canadian accredited teaching institution chosen by the program.  The applicant will be expected to perform at the same level as a student graduating from that program.
 
b)     Following successful completion of this process the applicant will be given a letter from the teaching institution indicating that they have met all requirements and are eligible to apply for the CSCP certification examination.  

(Note: This letter is not a diploma of graduation and does not allow the individual to challenge the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP) exam).
 
c)    The applicant can then apply to the CSCP in the same manner as any other graduate in order to challenge the CSCP certification exam. The letter of equivalency must be included     in the application for examination.  It is highly recommended that all applicants review in detail the certification Exam Package for important information regarding application deadlines, timelines and fees for applying for the certification examination.
 
d)  The CSCP certification exam is offered ONCE per year in conjunction with the October Annual General Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the CSCP (Application deadline is July 1 – no exceptions)

All associated fees for Phase II are the responsibility of the applicant.
 

 


PHASE III
1. Certification
 
    Successful completion of CSCP National certification examination. 



FEE SCHEDULE:

The fee schedule for the Internationally Educated applicant's process is based on a two-tiered system:

a)  At the time of application the individual does have a job offer* $750 is payable to the CSCP at the time of application to initiate the evaluation process.  This  fee is non-refundable regardless of outcome.
 
(*Must be employed as a perfusionist within Canada or be recipient of a letter from a Canadian Hospital offering employment provided the candidate has the eligibility to challenge the CSCP certification examination)
 
b)   At the time of application the individual does not have a job offer $1,000 is payable to the CSCP at the time of application to initiate the evaluation process in order to proceed to Phase I. This fee is non-refundable regardless of outcome.
 
c)   The individual who applies for this assessment is responsible for any and all fees for the ICAS evaluation, WES credential assessment, the TOEFL or IELTS test and the fee for the prior learning assessment by the training Institution (school program) plus the fees required to challenge the CSCP exam. 

 
 
It is highly recommended that all applicants review in detail the CSCP Certification
Exam package found here for important information regarding application deadlines,
timeslines, dues and fees for applying for the certification examination.

IMPORTANT:  Before proceeding to the appropriate form please add info@cscp.ca and noreply@cscp.ca to your email contacts or safe senders list.  This will ensure that you receive the confirmation emails and all correspondence from the CSCP.

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