CSA Findings

In December 2011, the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) issued the following report which identified opportunities for enhancement in the accreditation system.

In its Executive Summary, the CSA report reflected on its review of other national systems, related standardized practices, accreditation programs in other contexts, and discussions with similar organizations with the following key recommendations:

  • Stakeholders in the system clearly wish to have one national accreditation body.
  • There is an issue with the separation of the different Provincial Professional Associations (PPAs) into two different national groups. There is confusion regarding how they will align within the accreditation system.
  • There is a requirement for the role of the PPAs to be articulated and for more clearly defined roles and responsibilities (Terms of Reference) for all standing committees and functional groups of the Canadian system.
  • Although accountability for the certification of technicians and technologists resides with the PPAs, the formal approval of the National Technology Benchmarks (NTBs) lies with a third party, the National Technology Benchmarks Committee which is comprised of members from the National Council of Deans of Technology (NCDoT), Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT), CTAB, and Council of Registrars.
  • The published procedures for the accreditation of educational programs at the post-secondary level are sufficiently stringent when compared to other programs and to recognized quality management principles. However, the system requires a significant amount of enhancement primarily related to documentation, competency definition/measurement and quality review.
  • Orientation, training and competency measurement of auditors is a key shortcoming in the current system. Stakeholder feedback indicated both a lack of consistency in the audit process and a significant gap in auditor competencies when comparing different audit experiences.