OAMHP

OAMHP Certification

OAMHP Certification

The Ontario Association of Mental Health Practitioners is an incorporated provincial body with a mandate to provide for the professional needs of its members and to meet the needs of the community in identifying and certifying competent mental health practitioners.

Below you will find all information related to certification including what certification is, why you should certify, the process required for certification, and how to keep up to date with your certification.

For more information email us at certification@oamph.ca

Benefits of Certification

Becoming a certified member has numerous professional benefits including, but not limited to:

  • Visual confirmation of competence and expertise – continual updating
  • Usage of restricted “(cert)OAMHP” designation
  • Professionalism and credibility with colleagues in the field
  • Internet client referral system via OAMHP website
  • Increased recognition for third party insurance plan claims with Greenshield Canada, ClaimSecure, and Great West Life
  • Opportunity to participate on select OAMHP Board of directors Committees
  • Ability to become better acquainted with fellow colleagues at OAMHP
  • Issued a Certificate of Competence in their area of expertise (e.g., counsellor, RSW, RP, Consultant, Psychometrist).

Process for Certification

Step 1: Ensure you fit the basic requirements

In order to begin the process of certification, applicants must:

  • Be a current general member of OAMHP in good standing.
  • Have obtained significant field experience in their related field of mental health (3000 hours), either full-time or part-time work within the past 5 years.
    • 3000 hours of work equates to:
      • 30 hours/week for 24 months (2 years)
      • 20 hours/week for 36 months (3 years)
      • 12 hours/week for 60 months (5 years)

Step 2: Submit all necessary documents

Non-Regulated Members

If you are a non-regulated member (counsellor, psychometrist, consultant), you must submit the following forms as evidence of your competence in the field of mental health:

  1. A fully complete application form that asks for details on:
    1. Education,
    2. Supervised experience,
    3. Work experience,
    4. Professional development,
    5. Insurance, and
    6. Other details you wish to provide related to your professional practice.
  2. References from two (2) professionals who are familiar with your work, can attest to your personal and professional qualities and competence, and are acceptable to the Committee.
  3. If you are in private practice, you must also:
    1. Demonstrate that consultation with supervisors and/or qualified colleagues is taking place on an ongoing basis,
    2. Provide a copy of your certificate of insurance,
    3. Provide a copy of your “Consent Form” used with clients.
  4. Pay $150 fee to open your file.

Regulated Members

If you are a regulated member*, you must submit the following forms:
*members who are regulated with a regulatory college which authorizes practice of the controlled act of psychotherapy or the controlled act of diagnosis AND who have reached full qualifications.

  1. A fully complete application form that asks for details on:
    1. College and registration number,
    2. Education,
    3. Supervised experience,
    4. Work experience,
    5. Professional development,
    6. Insurance, and
    7. Other details you wish to provide related to your professional practice.
  2. References from one (1) professional who is familiar with your work, can attest to your personal and professional qualities and competence, and is acceptable to the Committee.
  3. If you are in private practice, you must also:
    1. Demonstrate that consultation with supervisors and/or qualified colleagues is taking place on an ongoing basis,
    2. Provide a copy of your certificate of insurance,
    3. Provide a copy of your “Consent Form” used with clients.
  4. Pay $150 fee to open your file.

Step 3: Provide Addition Documents

Written Take Home Examination (Non-regulated Members Only)

If you are a non-regulated member (counsellor, psychometrist, consultant), you must complete a written take home examination. The examination will help the committee to evaluate your theoretical knowledge as well as your knowledge about ethical and professional practice issues

Once OAMHP has reviewed your application and references, you will be sent the take home examination. You have up to three (3) months to complete this examination and return it to OAMHP via email or fax. You must receive a minimum of 70% to pass the examination.

Documentation to Confirm Registration Status (Regulated Members Only)

If you are a regulated member, you must provide documentation to confirm your registration status. ______.

Step 4: In-person Interview

Once all documentation is completed, and the examination is passed (if applicable), you will be contacted for an in-person interview.

This 45-minute interview will focus on reviewing your standard of practice, ethics, career objectives, supervision, and your specialization and competency. The interview panel members will be made up of certified members who areas of expertise are representative of yours (e.g. registered psychotherapists will be interviewed by certified members who are also registered psychotherapists).

To prepare, we recommend you review OAMHP’s Code of Ethics and your written examination (if applicable). If you are a regulated member, we recommend that you review the ethics and standards of practice of your relevant Regulatory College(s).

Step 5: Await your results

After the interview stage, OAMHP will contact within one (1) week to inform you of your certification status.

If you are approved for certification, you are to pay the outstanding balance of $100. Upon receipt of the outstanding balance, you will be issued an updated membership number and a Certificate of Competence in your area of specialization. You will receive this framed certificate via mail.

 

Already certified? Keep your certification up to date!

Certification at OAMHP is valid for a period of two (2) years. It is expected that all certified members continue to be professionally responsible by keeping current with on-going research, therapeutic application, assessment innovation and general applied information. During this period, we recommend that you retain proof of course/workshop attendance such as receipts, course or workshop content, presenter and other related documentation.

OAMHP will contact you three (3) months prior to your certification expiration date via email. The recertification email will include all documentation necessary for recertification and your recertification deadline date, which is due one (1) month prior to your expiration date.

To recertify, you must provide the following:

  1. Evidence of your professional development CEC activities
  2. Evidence of supervision either through individual supervisors/consulting or peer supervision/consulting
  3. Evidence of professional liability insurance
  4. If you are in private practice, a copy of your “Consent Form” that you use with your clients.
  5. Pay your $30 recertification administration fee

If you do not recertify before the two-year expiration date, you will need to begin certification as a new applicant. Please contact OAMHP for more information.