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Professional examination | Accommodation measures

To promote integration and equal opportunity, the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec (OIIQ) is committed to implementing all required accessibility measures and complying with the provisions of all applicable laws and the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms (RSQ, s. C-12).

Accordingly, OIIQ may make accommodations for professional exam candidates depending on their specific situation.

Procedures and plans are reviewed and updated on a regular basis to adapt to new situations and to continually improve accessibility for all candidates.

 

What is an accommodation request?

An accommodation request is the process used by professional exam candidates to inform OIIQ of a specific situation that would require special accommodations on exam day to give them the same opportunity for success as other students.

 

What situations are eligible for an accommodation request?

Professional exam candidates may submit requests for accommodation based on a medical condition, disability or religion.

The type of accommodation granted will depend on the:

  • Candidate’s personal situation
  • Supporting documentation provided
  • Context and requirements of the exam and resource availability at the time of the request

Accommodation requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. OIIQ carefully considers each request but cannot guarantee that accommodations will be granted.

 

Requests for extra time: Universal extra time of 50%

To promote equity and inclusivity, going forward OIIQ will systematically increase the time limit on all exams by 50%. This extra time is available for all candidates to use as needed.

Details on the universal extra time policy

Candidates with disabilities who require an accommodation of up to 50% extra time no longer need to obtain.

The goal of OIIQ’s universal extra time policy is to allow people of all abilities to sit the exam independently and obtain equivalent results, allowing them to enjoy the same opportunities while lessening the risk of stigmatization.

 

Physical exam locations

The professional exam takes place in large examination with a capacity of several hundred people (as availability permits). Candidates are seated one or two to a table. Invigilators make the rounds between the tables. Ear plugs are made available to candidates to help block ambient noise.

Reduced capacity sensory-friendly rooms seat a few dozen people (as availability permits). They are subject to resource availability and may differ from the adapted services exam rooms at education institutions. Candidates are seated alone at a table, and foot traffic in the room is kept to a minimum. Ear plugs are made available to candidates to help block ambient noise.

 

What is your current situation?

I was entitled to accommodations (other than extra time of 50% available to all)
 

It is important to note that the accommodations available to you during your studies may differ from those on the day of the professional exam. Since the professional examination is organized in Montréal and Quebec City, it is held in examination halls with larger capacities than what you experienced during your studies.

Additional information is available in the Professional examination | Examination day section.  

Notes for making a request

Documentation provided by your educational institution will be relevant to your accommodation request.

Initially, request a copy of your individualized education plan, a copy of your Access for Students with Disabilities student file (FR: Service d’aide à l’intégration des étudiants (SAIDE)), a letter detailing the student services accommodation measures, or any other document that presents the accommodation measures during your studies.

 

If the documents provided by your educational institution(s) do not specify your requested accommodations, one option available to you is to submit the report from the healthcare professional who evaluated your functional limitation (diagnosis and recommendations).

If you no longer have access to the report, you may have a qualified healthcare professional or the academic accommodations expert who handled your case during your studies complete the Health certificate in support of a request for accommodation.

I was not entitled to accommodations during my studies
 

You must document your functional limitation (diagnosis) and the accommodation measures you require (other than extra time) with the Health certificate for an accommodation measure request or a certificate completed by a qualified healthcare professional specifying the nature of the limitations and the accommodation requested.

I am requesting religious accommodations
 

To request a religious accommodation, complete the only Request for accommodation form from when registering for the exam, between July 26 and noon on August 15. For this type of accommodation, a single date and exam location will be provided.

 

 

Making an accommodation request

If you wish to request an accommodation other than the universal 50% extra time (e.g., equipment, sensory-friendly room, extra time if more than 50%, text-to-speech software, privacy screen, noise-cancelling head phones, etc), you must:

  • Complete and pay for your registration online in the My account section

  • Then complete the Request for accommodation form available only when registering for the exam between July 26 and noon on August 15 and attach the documents required depending on your situation on condition.

    A. If you were provided accommodations during your studies, you must attach to the form:

    the education plan for accommodations provided during training, or a copy of your Access for Students with Disabilities student file (FR: Service d’aide à l’intégration des étudiants (SAIDE), or a letter detailing the student services accommodation measures;

    OR

    health certificate completed by a qualified healthcare professional that contains the three pieces of required information

    OR

    the Health certificate in support of a request for accommodation, duly completed by a qualified healthcare professional or the academic accommodations expert who was responsible for your accommodations during your studies

    B. If you require accommodation during the exam due to your health situation, you must attach to the form:

    Attach the Health certificate in support of a request for accommodation duly filled out by a qualified health professional

    Or

    A certificate completed by a qualified healthcare professional specifying the nature of the limitations and the accommodation requested.

    IMPORTANT: In your request, be specific about the measures requested.

 

Example

Naomi has a dyslexia diagnosis. During her studies, she was entitled to accommodation, including the use of text-to-speech software (WordQ). In addition to her duly completed Request for accommodation form, she must also submit:

  • Proof that she needs to use text-to-speech software

In Naomi’s case, since she was entitled to accommodations during her studies, submitting her individualized education plan may provide sufficient proof, if it includes the accommodations provided.

 

You must attach the documents when submitting your online registration. After analyzing your request, OIIQ may contact you if additional information is required.

You are responsible for providing missing information before the deadline, otherwise, OIIQ will process your request using the documents provided.

We may accept or refuse the requested accommodations in whole or in part. In the latter case, we will provide you with an explanation of our reasoning.

We reserve the right to contact the experts who provided information. Any professional consultations will be at the candidate’s expense.

For more information on accommodation measures, consult the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse website.

 

Contact us

Office of the Admissions and Registrar
Email: etudiants-br@oiiq.org