Essential Competency Profile

The physiotherapy competency profiles describe the essential knowledge, skills and attitudes required by entry-to-practice physiotherapists and physiotherapist assistants throughout their career in Canada.

ECP for Physiotherapists

The 2009 version of the physiotherapy profile is the third-generation document of its kind. The profile guides physiotherapists in building their own competencies, and it supports evolution of the profession in an evidence-informed practice environment. 

An initiative of the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators, the development of the competency profile followed a best-practices approach to competency development and relied on the content expertise of a diverse group of collaborating individuals and organizations represented by the National Physiotherapy Advisory Group. 

The updated profile contains 23 key competencies and 85 enabling competencies, which collectively represent the essential competencies required by physiotherapists. These competencies are organized around seven meta-competencies, or roles, for physiotherapists in Canada. Safe and effective practice requires competence in all seven roles.

Download the ECP for PTs

ECP for Physiotherapist Assistants

The National Physiotherapy Advisory Group (NPAG), consisting of the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators, Canadian Council of Physiotherapy University Programs, Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada, has developed the 2012 Essential Competency Profile for Physiotherapist Assistants in Canada (the Profile).

The Profile reflects the diversity of PTA practice and the development and evolution of the physiotherapy profession.  It is an outcome-based, client-focused, functional framework that describes the knowledge, skills and attitudes required by PTAs working under the supervision of a physiotherapist in Canada. 

Download the ECP for PTAs