Dual Registration and Licensure


When practising as a professional, registrants have multiple levels of accountability. Specifically, registrants are accountable to the public through provincial and federal statutes, to their employer(s) through their working contract and/or a collective agreement, to the client through tort law and to their professional self-regulatory bodies in accordance with the legislation and bylaws governing the profession.

Registrants are accountable to maintain standards of practice and conduct for each professional discipline.

Registrants are accountable to multiple self-regulatory bodies when scopes of practice overlap.


Registrants must practice in a competent, collaborative manner, including collaboration with the public, students, colleagues and co-workers.
In accordance with each discipline, registrants must practice competently in their area of practice.

Public Protection

Competent, ethical practice by a regulated professional protects the public from harm and ensures that public safety is paramount.
Registrants and professional self-regulatory bodies have a responsibility to address public concerns.

Role Perception and Conflict

When practising in a specific role, registrants advise the public by way of licenced credentials in all written documentation and name display.
Registrants advise the public and employers of all current professional registrations.
In an emergent situation the registrant always acts in the public’s best interest.
Registrants know when it is appropriate to assume each respective role, in the public interest.
Registrants seek resolution and advise applicable professional self-regulatory body(ies) when conflict is anticipated or exists.

Role of the Professional Self-Regulatory Body

The registering authority shall make all reasonable efforts to:

  • determine if registrant has any encumbered professional registration
  • maintain information regarding multiple professional registrations.
  • forward discipline orders to any known registering jurisdiction/authority.
  • support the development of equivalence assessment mechanisms which provide credit for prior learning.
  • share pertinent information between professional self-regulatory bodies.

Approved by SRNA Council, 1997
Approved by SALPN Council, 1997
Approved by RPNAS Council, 1997
Approved by SASW Council, 1998