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RTWDM/Study Guide

Return to Work Disability Manager (RTWDM)

Scope of Practice

Return to Work Disability Managers, RTWDM have specialized expertise in developing, coordinating and implementing timely and effective individualized return to work programs following illness or injuries, to enable clients to return to productive and meaningful participation in job duties while ensuring their safety and the safety of others in the workplace. Registrants with this specialty possess a unique set of knowledge, experiences, skills, as well as the ability to determine and apply interventions and strategies, which are used to support affected worker, employers, unions, health care providers and any other stakeholder. Registrants with this specialty are responsible for minimizing the impact of illness or injuries on workers, coworkers, employers and organizations while maximizing the recovery of the affected worker.

Areas of Expertise

The RTWDM provides services necessary to assist workers who, due to an injury or illness, experience, or at risk of experiencing, a loss of function to remain at work and/or return to work.

VRAC link to the RTWDM Study Guide

Reopening RTWDM Grandfathering

We are excited to announce the reopening of the Grandfathering for the Return to Work Disability Manager (RTWDM) credential. The RTWDM credential is of continuing interest to applicants and having further access to grandfathering to this credential is a means of enhancing professional qualifications. Disability management is a field steeped in insurance-based rehabilitation. Over the years, the industry has expanded and now covers a wide variety of services and solutions to benefit people. The RTWDM will provide those services necessary to assist workers who, due to an injury or illness, experience, or at risk of experiencing, a loss of function to remain at work and/or return to work.

After the Grandfathering phase certification eligibility criteria is based on experience and/or formal education as well as the passing of an examination.

RTWDM Grandfathering Eligibility

Grandfathering is open until December 31, 2022.
Prior to submitting an RTWDM application, please forward your current resume/CV to info@cvrp.ca to determine eligibility at no cost.

  1. A Registrant in good standing holding any of the College’s credentials:
  2. AND/OR

  3. A member in good standing with VRA holding designations of RRP, RVP, RCSS;
  4. OR

  5. A member in good standing with a disability management related association holding a credential such as CDMP, CHRP, CRTWC, CCC;
  6. Demonstrated work experience in disability management – minimum of 800 hours confirmed in writing by employer. If self-employed a minimum of 800 hours confirmed by clients;
  7. Submit proof of satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Police Check;
  8. Submit proof of Errors and Omission insurance;
  9. Application Fee $225.00 plus applicable taxes.

Click here for the RTWDM Grandfathering Application

RTWDM Eligibility

  1. Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional designation (CVRP), with a minimum 50 hours of Return to Work/Disability Management competency related courses during the last 5 years and minimum of 800 FTE hours performing roles and responsibilities during the last 5 years, with at least 50% or more of time in the delivery of Return to Work/Disability Management services.

OR

  1. Post graduate degree in Vocational Rehabilitation, Disability Management, or a Vocational Rehabilitation-related field (nursing, social work, occupational health nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, kinesiology, chiropractic, MD) (If program was completed more than 5 years prior to year of application, minimum 50 hours of Return to Work/Disability Management competency related courses during the last 5 years). Minimum of 800 FTE hours performing roles and responsibilities during the last 5 years, with at least 50% or more of time in the delivery of Return to Work/Disability Management services.

OR

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation, Disability Management, or a Vocational Rehabilitation-related field (nursing, social work, occupational health nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, kinesiology, chiropractic) (If program was completed more than 5 years prior to year of application, minimum 50 hours of Return to Work/Disability Management competency related courses during the last 5 years). Minimum of 1 year performing roles and responsibilities during the last 5 years, minimum 50% or more of time in the delivery of Return to Work/Disability Management services.

OR

  1. Diploma or certificate program in Vocational Rehabilitation or Disability Management (If program was completed more than 5 years prior to year of application, 50 hours of Return to Work/Disability Management. Minimum of 2 years performing roles and responsibilities during the last 5 years, with at least 50% or more of time in the delivery of Return to Work/Disability Management services.

Application Process

Prior to submitting an RTWDM application, please forward your current resume/CV to info@cvrp.ca to determine eligibility at no cost.

The following must be submitted with application:

  1. Application and fee $325.00. Click here for the Fee Schedule
  2. Proof of ability to work in Canada. A copy of a current Canadian Passport or Canadian Birth Certificate. If you do not currently hold Canadian citizenship, submit documented authorization under the Immigration Act (Canada) to engage in employment in Canada.
  3. Original education transcripts, in a sealed envelope directly from the education institution. Due to COVID-19 CVRP is accepting soft copies of transcripts.
  4. Submit a current Vulnerable Sector Police Check(VSPC)/Police Check.
  5. Provide current Errors and Omissions(E&O)/Liability insurance certificate.

Click here for the RTWDM Application

CVRP is pleased to announce that the RTWDM online examination with virtual proctoring is available

The online examination is 3 hours, consisting of 150 skill-based, multiple-choice and scenario questions. Examination content is standardized and a passing grade of 70% is required for Certification. If a rewrite is required the fee payable to CVRP is $125.00. Rewrites, no shows and cancellation fees may be payable to the online exam platform and/or virtual proctor as well.

An Applicant achieves certification upon the following:

  1. Successful Examination minimum of 70%
  2. Initial (first year) Registration fee within 2 months of successful examination for new Registrant $225.00. Click here for Fee Schedule

A Registrant profile is created or updated on the Public Registry, to display current certification status.

RTWDM only Certification Compliance

  • Annual Renewal Application/Fee/Insurance
  • Biennial 20 CEUs Click here for Core Competencies/Domains of Learning
    • 3 must be Ethics (Domain 8 Vocational Rehabilitation or 6 Vocational Evaluation)
    • 10 must be Case/Disability Management (Domain 7 Vocational Rehabilitation)
  • 5 Year VSPC/Criminal Police Check

Note* if Registrant holds multiple certifications CEU domain compliances vary.

Click here for the Approved CEU List

For CEUs that do not appear on the Approved CEU list, Registrants can submit a pre or post-approval.

Click for Pre and/or Post Education Program Applications.

If you would like more information about Return to Work Disability Managers, please contact CVRP.