International Candidate Documentation Requirements
Thank you for your inquiry about becoming a Registered Electroencephalography (EEG) Technologist (R.E.T) with the Canadian Board of Registered Electroencephalograph Technologists, Inc. (C.B.R.E.T., Inc.).
The Canadian Board of Registration of Electroencephalograph Technologists, Inc. (C.B.R.E.T., Inc.) was established in 1972 to improve the standards of knowledge and proficiency in EEG technology and to promote uniformity in the training of EEG technologists in Canada.
C.B.R.E.T. does not have reciprocal arrangements with any other country, but EEG training received outside Canada may be accepted towards eligibility into the C.B.R.E.T., Inc. examination process. The information contained in this document is intended for international applicants who have been educated and trained outside Canada as certified Electroencephalography Technologists.
Once ALL required documents and information, as listed in the Registration Requirements section, have been received, the C.B.R.E.T., Inc. Registrar and Chairman will determine whether your education, training, and work experience are considered equivalent to the C.B.R.E.T., Inc. standards, and then make a final decision about your application. If you do not meet current registration requirements you will be informed of the reasons for this decision. The Registrar and Chairman may require you to complete further testing, assessment or training.
Please read the following information and instructions carefully. Your efforts to complete the application as directed will help avoid delays in processing your application. You will be required to submit all necessary documents listed in the Registration Requirements section. However, you can submit a completed candidacy application form and pay the candidacy application fee + foreign document assessment fee prior to gathering and submitting all the necessary documents. We will establish a file for you and you will be notified of any outstanding documents or information we require. Your file will be assessed when all documents have been received.
When the application and supporting documents have been reviewed, the following will be assessed:
• To determine if you are eligible for registration.
• To determine if you do not meet current registration requirements and the reasons to support this decision.
In order to receive your RET status in Canada, you may be required to undergo the examination, testing, assessment, training, or education program as recommended by the Registrar and Chairman of C.B.R.E.T., Inc. When the assessment is complete, the Registrar will communicate the decision to you in writing. Once you have met all requirements as outlined by the Registrar and Chairman, you are deemed eligible to sit the CBRET Written and Clinical/Practical examinations.
Please note that the international application and assessment process can take from 6 months to 2 years to complete, depending on specific testing or education that may be required.
We hope that this information is helpful, and we look forward to hearing from you.
Registration Requirements for International Applicants
The following list of documents must be submitted to C.B.R.E.T., Inc. All submitted documents should be originals, or notarized copies, and in English. Only documents submitted in the English language can be assessed.
1. Candidacy application form and documentation assessment fee.
Complete all sections of the Application for Assessment – Internationally Educated Electrophysiology Technologist. This can be found in the Foreign Eligibility Application Forms Section.
- the Candidacy fee of $57.50 Canadian dollars (CAD).
- applicable non-refundable Documentation Assessment fee of $150.00 Canadian dollars (CAD).
2. Clinical and Educational Requirements
A) Applicants with a minimum of 4000 hours (2 years full-time) clinical experience as an independent EEG Technologist in their country of origin. Time spent in a student or trainee role DOES NOT COUNT towards the required minimum time.
Applicants must include:
1. Documentation of education/training in EEG in the form of copies of college diploma, training or registration certificates.
2. Letters from employers documenting years of experience, including reference to the number of hours worked. The 4000 hour requirement must be met within 5 years of the date of application.
3. Work placement in Canada and completion of a three month apprenticeship in EEG in addition to recommendation from an R.E.T. to support eligibility for the C.B.R.E.T. Inc. examinations. Applicants must be registered with C.B.R.E.T. as a candidate and notify the C.B.R.E.T. Inc. registrar of the location and dates of the apprenticeship prior to the start of the three month apprenticeship. Work placement is the sole responsibility of the applicant.
B) Applicants with less than 4000 hours of clinical experience in EEG in their country of origin:
In addition to the education and training requirements listed above, candidates with fewer than 4000 clinical hours must complete the following:
Personal recordings of 500 EEGs under the direct supervision of an R.E.T. in Canada as follows:
(a) 400 adults plus 100 children 12 years of age or younger, with at least 20 of those children being under the age of two (2) years
(b) 400 children plus 100 adults 21 years of age or older, with at least 20 of those adults being over the age of 60 years
Documentation of all these recordings must be contained in a logbook and must be individually signed by the supervising R.E.T. This logbook must be presented at the Practical examination.
3. Host Registration
If you have achieved registration in EEG technology with a professional association, society or regulatory body from your country of origin, you will need to submit evidence of that registration. You should include a copy of your professional organization’s Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice and Scope of Practice documents. If there is no established professional organization in your country, please contact the C.B.R.E.T. Registrar.
4. Reference Letter
A letter of reference, attesting to your “good character” is required for candidacy. The reference letter should bear the printed and signed name of the referee, as well as their contact information.
5. English Language Proficiency
Evidence of oral and written language proficiency in English is required.
CBRET English Language Proficiency Policy
Internationally trained Electrophysiology Technologists whose natural/native language IS NOT English are required to contact CBRET for assessment of their language proficiency.
Electrophysiology Technologists who have received their education / training / work experience outside of Canada or in a primary language other than English will have their language equivalency assessed by one of the following criteria:
TOEFL = Test of English as a Foreign Language: Overall score of 74 with a minimum score of 21 in speaking.
IELTS = International English Language Testing System: A minimum of 6.0 in each section. Must be from the academic needs testing.
CLBA = Canadian Language Benchmark Assessments: A minimum of 7 in each section.
MELA = Michener English Language Assessment: A minimum of 8 in reading,listening and speaking and 7 in writing.
6. Work History
Include a copy of your recent Curriculum Vitae or Resumé.