COTRB (Aust & NZ) Inc. Revises Assessment Criteria

The minimum criteria for the assessment process have been revised. This will apply to all applications received by the COTRB office from 1 August 2007 onwards.In particular, the English language criteria has been amended to accept only the IELTS examination by way of an English language test (the OET is no longer accepted), and more detailed information is now provided about circumstances in which the requirement for completion of the IELTS examination will be waived.

Please click on the following link to go to the Assessment Criteria page of the website for full details of the minimum criteria that must be met in order for an applicant to be eligible for skilled migration and to practice in Australia.

The difference now is that they won’t be accepting certificates from your schools attesting that English was the medium of instruction used during your study. Also, they did accept applications before from graduates of non-WFOT accredited schools, but who have had relevant and extensive working experience. It used to be enough for them. Obviously, they are implementing stricter rules in the assessment process, trying to keep up with other international accrediting bodies.

The only good thing with the COTRB is that there is no written exam involved. Once you’ve passed the desktop audit where they evaluate your credentials, all you need to do next is show how competent you are as an occupational therapist in the practice audit part. It’ll be all downhill from there. :)

You can download the revised information leaflet from COTRB here.

DOLE OK’s online job hiring

Philippine Labor Secretary Brion announced last Wednesday that recruitment agencies can now recruit over the internet. These are the guidelines they issued when it came to online jub hunting:

  • Carefully read all the information in the website. Examine whether the company name and profile appear believable. Check for its company profile or click the “about us” button to verify if the office address and phone numbers are correct.
  • Examine the website design and check all the links and pages. A legitimate recruitment agency is likely to invest in web design, while an illegal placement firm is likely to have a cheap-looking website. But this might always be the case.
  • Look at the instructions about submitting a résumé and application papers. Most legitimate websites prefer that applicants to fill out a résumé form online or send information via e-mail.
  • Examine the job offer. If it sounds too good to be true—as the saying says—it probably is.
  • Check the recruiter’s background and other information about recruiter or the company by using search engines, like Yahoo and Google. Do an Internet search using the name of the recruiting firm or other topics posted on its website.
  • Check the domain name of the website. A legitimate recruiter will have one, which features additional information about the company.
  • Report suspicious recruitment offers posted on the Internet to the POEA or other authorities.

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My thoughts on this
Pro’s for recruiters: better and wider reach to potential applicants.
Pro’s for applicants: easy access to job openings and therefore an increased opportunity to be employed.

Anybody can put up a website and claim to be a legal recruiter so do some homework first and try to research more about the recruiter or employer you are interested in. Being ignorant is never an excuse. :)

July 2007 Physical & Occupational Therapy Licensure Examination Results

Congratulations to all board exam passers! :)

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 472 out of 1,119 passed the Physical and Occupational Therapy Licensure Examinations given by the Board of Physical and Occupational Therapy in the cities of Manila , Baguio and Cebu in July 2007.

The members of the Board of Physical and Occupational Therapy who gave the licensure examinations are Dr. Reynaldo R. Rey-Matias, Chairman; Raul G. Agustin, Marylynn B. Querouz and Bernadette M. Reyes, Members.

Source: Manila Standard

It’s not quite a large number but at least, there are still people taking up these courses even with the outstanding demand for nurses.

Find the complete list of successful examinees in the attached file below.
Physical & Occupational Therapy Licensure Examination Results (July 2007)

NBCOT® International Testing now offered through Prometric Test Centers (PTCs)

This is good news for all eligible OTs. The exams are now coming to you. :) 

The Certification Examination for OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST REGISTERED OTR® is now being offered overseas through Prometric Test Centers (PTCs). Any eligible candidate, who is a graduate of a U.S. or international education program, may use NBCOT’s online examination application system (or use the paper application form) to apply to take the certification examination at any PTC. The candidate’s Authorization to Test (ATT) Letter will provide instructions on scheduling an appointment to test. (See the 2007 Certification Examination Handbook for additional information).

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