Montreal Professionals Kit is about the certified professionals we usually trust because we know they received a proper training and obtained a proper certification.
We regularly refer to our professionals because we need the professional services they offer and because we know they can help us.
We refer to our professionals when we need an eye care professional and make an appointment with an optometrist or, when we require professional translation services and contact a certified translator.
We also refer to our professionals when tax laws professionals are required for our organization or when we need a debt management professional and finally decide to meet a certified credit professional.
Our professionals are part of a professional system based on a "personal autonomy in matters professional" also called professional autonomy that enables them to exercise judgement as they see fit during the performance of their profession.
Who are these professionals?
Where can we find a professional?
When do we refer to a professional?
Why should we refer to a professional?
What is public protection?
How do we request for in inquiry?
This is exactly what Montreal Professionals Kit is all about.
The origin of the Quebec professional system dates back to the Nouvelle-France but the law that governs our Professional Code was sanctioned in 1973.
A professional code that gave rise to the Office des professions du Québec (OPQ) then composed of 38 professional orders.
Today the OPQ is composed of 46 professional orders, 54 regulated professions and some 378,000 members.
The role of the OPQ is to guarantee the competence and the integrity of each and every professional orders and to ensure public protection.
In 1995, the OPQ became an extra budgetary government agency. The financing of its expenditure is now guaranteed by the members of the professional orders through annual membership set by the Quebec Government and collected by the orders.
The Conseil interprofessionnel du Québec (CIQ) was founded in 1965.
In 1973, upon the adoption of our Professional Code, the CIQ became the collective voice of all the professional orders as well as an important source of information for future professionals as well as for the general public.
Each professional order must be a member of the CIQ. The CIQ is accompanied by the Ordre de protéger (OP).
One of the objectives of the OP is to make sure the Quebec population clearly understands the role of the professional orders, especially when it comes
to public protection.
According to the OP, to protect the public is to make sure that each of the 54 regulated professions are governed by a proper code of professional ethics and by appropriate regulations.
The OP must also make sure that each professional has all the knowledge and all the skills required by his or her profession and that he or she adheres to strict professional ethics.
For Montreal Professionals Kit and for all those concerned, it is important to establish the difference between a Professional Order and a Professional Association.
The main difference between the two is that they have different objectives. One protects the public, the other protects its members.
Professional Orders aim at protecting the public. Their role is to represent and guarantee the competence and the integrity of their members.
Professional Associations aim at protecting their members. Their role is to represent and guarantee the social and economic interests of their members.
Montreal Professionals Kit by Rachel Louise Barry - July 2015
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