We began delivering computer-based exams at physical testing centres in 2015 and fully transitioned to remote-proctored exams just three weeks after the pandemic’s arrival in Alberta in 2020. Candidates completed exams securely at home using a stable internet connection and a webcam. Through the webcam, a trained supervisor, called a proctor, oversaw exams to ensure the security of the exam session. Our experience and leadership delivering online exams proved valuable for other regulators in 2021.
We initiated a partnership with engineering and geoscience
regulators across Canada to eliminate pandemic interruptions for technical exams by switching from paper-based to computer-based exams with remote proctoring. More than a dozen provincial and national professional associations contacted us seeking advice on how to successfully transition to computer- based, remote exams. Many had delayed or cancelled licensing exams because of the pandemic.
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