Accreditation Training

Accreditation training sessions are available to help ministry-funded organizations complete the accreditation process. It is specific to the accrediting body you have chosen. If you have not yet chosen your accrediting body, please do this first.

Training for Council on Accreditation (COA)

Get an overview of all COA courses and when they're offered:

These are two courses that organizations should consider:

This two-day course is recommended for those who are new to working with COA, including staff from organizations that are going through reaccreditation. The course provides a basic overview of COA's accreditation process, including:

  • The history, philosophy, milestones and rating system
  • The COA standards, including an overview of the most often missed standards
  • How to organize and develop the self-study document
  • How to assess organizational readiness.

This one-day course is designed to help organizations develop a comprehensive approach to a quality improvement process that will advance an efficient, effective service delivery system and enhance organizational capacity to deliver quality services. The training will demonstrate how quality improvement is a catalyst for the successful achievement of strategic goals and program outcomes.

Training for Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)

If you chose CARF as your accrediting body, you need to know what CARF division your programs fall under. The divisions appropriate for MCFD-/CLBC- contracted services are:

  • Behavioural Health [BH]: Services that provide counseling/psychotherapy services (e.g., counseling for children who have experienced abuse, family therapy)
  • Employment and Community Services [ECS]: Supportive services that are not of a counseling/psychotherapy nature (e.g., Community Living day programs, group homes, supported employment programs)
  • Child and Youth Services [CYS]: Services span the continuum, from early childhood development through to safety and permanence, and enhancement for community living. CYS are to be used by agencies serving children, youth and their families exclusively
  • Medical Rehabilitation [MR]: Outpatient medical rehabilitation programs such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and other medical support services (e.g., for children with special needs at some Child Development Centers)

You can confirm which CARF standards best cover your services when you register with CARF for a training event.

These are two courses that organizations should consider:

This interactive, two-day training session is an opportunity for organizations to learn valuable tips and tricks for getting organized, planning for an on-site survey and managing outcomes. Emphasis is placed on areas where organizations most often need guidance in conforming to standards.

Participants will also have the opportunity to attend focused breakout sessions that cater to their specific level of experience with CARF. Options include preparing for a survey or refining current practices.

Those who are new to accreditation will receive:

  • Information on the CARF accreditation process and what happens during a survey
  • Helpful tips in preparing for your first CARF survey

Those who have already been through the accreditation process or attended CARF training will receive:

  • An overview of significant changes to the manuals, including new programs and standards
  • A discussion of the most commonly missed CARF standards
  • Examples of effective business management and service delivery practices

This interactive three-day training session will take the mystery out of defining, measuring and reporting the performance of programs and services. Participants are helped to:

  • Apply a quantitative approach to the CARF accreditation standards on performance measurement and improvement
  • Work through elements of the quality improvement cycle, including performance measurement planning, data collection, and analyzing and sharing information

The training is open to organizations that are either seeking CARF accreditation or are already accredited. It will be of particular interest to senior managers, program managers, quality improvement coordinators and direct service providers.