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Office of the Manitoba Fairness Commissioner

AssessmentMost internationally educated professionals enter the QR process with years of work experience behind them. Their exam days are long gone, and what they know and can do is hard to capture on paper alone. It is important to use a variety of assessment methods that provide complete information about the applicant’s knowledge and skill, as well as their gaps. Knowing what an applicant can and cannot do is key to recognition.

For many internationally educated professionals, English is not the language of instruction in their home country. They may not know what a multiple-choice test is. Regulators should adapt assessment methods for applicants who face the challenge of understanding information in a new language and culture. If an assessment method is unfamiliar to the applicant, it may unintentionally test the wrong thing—for example, test-taking skills over knowledge.


Use assessment methods that provide reliable results

Ways to get there…

  • Offer a variety of assessment methods, including competency-based assessments that verify skills paper credentials might not predict
  • Use assessment methods that identify where the applicant does and does not meet occupational standards
  • Set up a process to provide applicants with specific feedback so they can better understand the results of their assessment and plan their next step in the QR process
  • Write in plain language so information and feedback are easier to understand
  • Recognize a variety of English language assessments
  • Strive to use assessment methods that are familiar to the applicant
  • Provide specialized training to ensure assessors are well qualified to assess the education, knowledge and skills of internationally educated applicants

Use a Variety of Assessment Methods

  • Paper credentials review
  • Written and practical exams
  • Oral intervies
  • Peer reviews
  • Worksite observation
  • Performance reviews
  • Professional references
  • Professional development workshops and lectures
  • Supervised practice


The quality and variety of assessment methods provide valid results. Applicants understand the results of their assessment and have a support plan to help them move forward.

Possible Outcomes

Report to the Minister

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OMFC Presentations

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Learn about upcoming events

Registration Reviews & Action Plans

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Journeys to Recognition

Internationally educated professionals tell their stories