International News: UK Ceremony to Award CDMP Certificates

We’re happy to share some positive international news from our colleagues in the UK.

The recent relaxing of COVID restrictions in the UK has allowed for a celebration to recognize those individuals who have passed the NIDMAR professional exams for the Certified Disability Manager Professional (CDMP) designation.  Here are some photos of the ceremony where the certificates were awarded by Graham Halsey, the UK License holder, and Dr. Norma Clark from the Scottish government.

Congratulations to the successful candidates!  We look forward to when we can safely gather again for in-person conferences in Canada, at which time we can recognize and celebrate the 2020/2021 CRTWC and CDMP graduates from our region.

Global Community of Disability Management Professionals Expanding

The global community of Disability Management professionals continues to grow. Here is an update from our Malaysian colleagues:

“On behalf of the Certification of Disability Management Professionals (CDMP) Secretariat from the Return to Work (RTW) Department of the Social Security Organization (SOCSO) Malaysia we are honored to be given the permission from NIDMAR and IDMSC to offer the program to the neighbouring region. We have managed to offer the certification to Indonesian professionals in 2019, and moving forward we are working with Philippines, Thailand, Brunei, and other South-East Asia country to bring this certification to their country, hence, expanding the practice of Disability Management in the region.

We have received several enquiries from countries in the South Asia (Bangladesh and Pakistan), West Asia (Middle East) and African Region (Kenya) to offer this program (CDMP) to their country.”

AHMAD ZAIDIN OTHMAN, CDMP
Cawangan Sistem Insurans Pekerjaan | Employment Insurance System Department
Pejabat PERKESO Negeri | Social Security Organization
Selangor Darul Ehsan | Malaysia

Support for BC Residents to Obtain Professional DM Designations

This support provides BC Residents the opportunity to obtain the professional designations for those working in the field:
• Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP), or
• Certified Return to Work Coordinator (CRTWC).

For details with regard to the development of the Occupational Standards in Disability Management, following Government of Canada guidelines as well as development of the professional certification examinations following Canadian, North American and ISO standards, please refer to the website at:
https://www.nidmar.ca/certification/certification_background.asp

These professional designations have been recognized and adopted by employers and provincial and federal organizations across Canada. They were also referenced in the United Nations ISSA best practice Guidelines on Return to Work and Reintegration, as they are recognized as the global gold standard for those working in the field. There are currently individuals who have achieved these designations in 16 other international countries. This is an opportunity to join this elite Disability Management Global Professional Community of Practice as a virtual online platform is being built in order to facilitate closer collaboration of CDMPs and CRTWCs across Canada and internationally.

Qualifications to write the professional certification examinations include having completed an accepted educational program, one of which is the Bachelor of Disability Management. Also identified as accepted are a range of other educational degrees such as occupational health and nursing, occupational and physiotherapy, kinesiology, chiropractic, plus having completed Disability Management and Return to Work competency related education. Additionally, depending on the educational level, there is a requirement for various amounts of relevant work experience.

The support for qualified eligible individuals covers the cost of registering for the examination and the examination fees to obtain the professional designation.

To download an Application Form to write one of the professional certification examinations, please click the following link: WDA Grant Professionalization Strategy Application Form

For further information regarding the professional designations, please contact Jennie Ridler at:
jennie.ridler@nidmar.ca

Continuing Professional Development Opportunities at PCU-WHS

PCU-WHS is open to accepting Certified Disability Management Professionals (CDMPs) and Certified Return to Work Coordinators (CRTWCs) who wish to gain Continuing Education Credits in order to maintain professional certification.

Each term of the academic year, the University offers a selection of courses that may be of interest to practising CDMPs and CRTWCs through its online learning platform. These courses are taught by highly qualified and experienced professors using an instructional format that allows flexibility for learners as to when and how they participate. This approach offers a convenient way for career professionals to integrate continuing education into their busy schedules. Currently, applications are open for the following course:

WHDM 404: Economics of Workplace Health Initiatives

The course takes place from September 10 to December 2.

Please click on the link below to view the Learning Objectives for the course and the instructor bio: Continuing Education Opportunity at PCU-WHS Fall 2018

Successful completion of the course provides 40 CEC hours for CDMPs and CRTWCs.

For registration information, please visit the PCU-WHS website at:
https://www.pcu-whs.ca/admissions/admissions-process/

Or contact Jennifer Murray, Student Services & Records Coordinator at: education@pcu-whs.ca or phone: 1-778-421-0821, ext. 209.