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In   on March 26, 2020

COVID-19 Updates

As a commitment to the well-being of our community and the staff at Touchstone Institute, we continue to support physical distancing by having staff work remotely. As this pandemic evolves, we will monitor Public Health advice and update the status of exams and registration.

 

Please see below for further details.

Affected Exams:

Registrations are temporarily suspended for the following exams:

  • Canadian English Language Assessment for Optometrists
  • Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses
  • Internationally Educated Nurses Competency Assessment Program
  • Internationally Graduated Optometrists Evaluating Exam
  • Knowledge and Competency Assessment Tool for Internationally Educated Dietitians
  • Nurse Practitioner Practice Assessment

For information regarding exams offered through the Medical Council of Canada (MCC), please go to their website at https://mcc.ca/examinations/

 

If you are currently registered for an exam, you will be contacted directly and provided with information about modifications to your rescheduled exam to ensure safety in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Canadian English Language Benchmarks Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN)

All CELBAN tests at all locations across Canada are temporarily suspended. For a list of the test locations and dates, click here.

Registration for all future exams is temporarily suspended. Those registered will not need to re-register in the CELBAN Portal.  We will contact registrants to offer a new test date when they are rescheduled.

Withdrawal
Registrants have the option to withdraw from their test date for a full refund by completing the Test Cancellation Request Form. If you withdraw, you will be required to re-register at a later date and you will not be guaranteed a seat in an upcoming test.

Visit the CELBAN Centre website here

 

Internationally Educated Nurses Competency Assessment Program (IENCAP)

Suspended exam dates:

  • March 24, 2020
  • March 25, 2020
  • June 27, 2020
  • June 28, 2020
  • July 24, 2020
  • July 25, 2020
  • August 19, 2020
  • August 20, 2020

Those registered will not need to re-register for an exam in the IENCAP Application Portal. We will contact registrants to offer a new exam date when our exams are rescheduled.

Withdrawal

Registrants have the option to withdraw from their exams for a full refund by cancelling a scheduled exam through the IENCAP Application Portal.  If you withdraw, you will be required to re-register at a later date and you will not be guaranteed a seat in an upcoming test.

To Process a Refund

  1. Log into portal.tsin.ca
  2. Click the “Exam” tab
  3. Click “Cancel” button

 

Internationally Graduated Optometrists Evaluating Exam (IGOEE)

Suspended Exam dates:

  • May 21-24, 2020

Those registered will not need to re-register for an exam.  We will contact registrants to offer a new exam date when our exams are rescheduled.

Withdrawal

Registrants have the option of withdrawing from their exams for a full refund by requesting a refund through exams@tsin.ca.  If you withdraw, you will be required to re-register at a later date and you will not be guaranteed a seat in an upcoming exam.

 

Learning programs with revised delivery method:

This year’s education programming is being delivered remotely in response to the COVID-19 situation. The first iteration (April 13-24) was cancelled to allow us time to prepare for this change in delivery modality.

Canadian Medicine Primer (CMP):

CMP participants will be assigned to PRP iterations that will not include CMP-specific programming in 2020.

Pre-Residency Program (PRP) and Pre-Residency Program for Family Medicine (PRP-FM):

Cancelled Program Dates:

  • April 13-24, 2020

These changes will not affect the July 1st residency date.

For up-to-date health information and government advice regarding COVID-19, please refer to public health authorities.