Starting January 2014, the MCQ certification examination fee will increase from $225 to $500.
WHY IS THE MCQ FEE INCREASING IN 2014?
Council recently concluded a period of stakeholder consultation regarding the exam fees. In making its decision to increase the MCQ portion of the fees, Council noted that the MCQ fee has not increased since 2005. The budget for the MCQ has always been based on cost recovery. However, in recent years, the revenue from MCQ fees, in particular, has not been covering the costs of developing and administering the exam.
The unfortunate events surrounding the 2012 examination breach and the changes needed to enhance examination administration also increased the expenses considerably for the College. This means that a portion of CMTO registrant fees are also used to subsidize MCQ examination costs for candidates who have yet to enter the profession. As the number of candidates increase, the cost to CMTO to offer the exams also increases. This is expected to continue in the coming years. Council re-affirmed a decision made by the College many years ago that the MCQ fee should continue to be determined on a cost recovery basis and that it would be unfair to expect CMTO registrants to bear the increasing costs associated with the MCQ examination.
WHAT SPECIFIC CHANGES HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED TO THE MCQ ADMINISTRATION?
In late 2012, additional measures were implemented to ensure the security and integrity of the certification examinations. Some of the changes include the need to operate a central MCQ exam centre requiring location rental fees, a computer infrastructure and additional security and examination personnel. Consulting and development costs have also increased to maintain a secure competency assessment process in Ontario.
NO OTHER EXAM FEES HAVE INCREASED FOR 2014
For a complete schedule of the fees charged for the Certification Examination process, please review the updated 2013 Examination Candidate Handbook and the 2014 Examination Candidate Handbook when it is available in the new year.