If it costs XXX dollars to review, process, test and certify one person but
it costs XXX plus YYY dollars to do the same for a second person, why should they both pay the same?
Where will the extra money come from?
The secret is to reduce the work involved for the NCA by working together and getting an Equivalency agreement between the two associations.
I would love to see NACHI members pay the lower rates, but the costs are now much higher for their processing so more money is needed.
Here’s a scenario:
If I apply as a member of CAHPI Ontario, the NCA can merely contact CAHPI Ontario and verify that I have satisfied their requirements and they can confirm the courses that I have taken. CAHPI Ontario has signed an Equivalency Agreement that says they verify my credentials. The NCA has hired independent consultants who have verified the requirements for CAHPI Ontario because CAHPI Ontario applied for an Equivalency evaluation.
Processing my application is very simple for the NCA.
If you apply, there is no way for the NCA to easily verify any of your educational background or experience because you do not belong to a group which has successfully submitted their application for an Equivalency evaluation. If you send in a list of courses, etc., the NCA has to verify each one. The adminisitrative burden is enormous, therefore much more costly.
This type of equivalency is done all the time by educators. For instance, if the University of Toronto gets an application from a student at the University of Waterloo, they would refer to a previous equivalency agreement between the two universities so that U of T can be sure the courses the individual took at the U of W covered the requirements to get into U of T.
Someone has to bend on this and as long as the true costs are more, I don’t see how reductions are possible.