Practice Assessments

The College conducts practice assessments to ensure that physiotherapists continue to meet minimum standards for safety and quality throughout their career. The Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) requires all Colleges to have practice assessments as part of their quality assurance program.

What Are Practice Assessments? 

Like other regulated health professionals, the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario is required by law to have a Quality Assurance program to help protect patients by ensuring registrants are following the standards of the profession and delivering safe, competent and ethical care. 

For physiotherapists, the Quality Assurance Program includes:

  1. Self-assessments
  2. Continuing professional development
  3. Practice assessments
The College recently completed a pilot project for the on-site assessment with a sample group of PTs and plans to launch the new quality assurance program in January 2021. Until then no Ontario physiotherapists will be selected to complete the screening interview or practice assessment.

The screening interview will begin with physiotherapists who have never completed a College assessment, starting with those who have been in practice the longest. Once everyone has been assessed, the College will return to assessing those who have had an assessment in the past.

Physiotherapists who have had an Independent Practice Certificates for more than two years and who provide patient care are eligible to be selected.

Questions? Contact the Quality Assurance Team

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I was selected for an ON-SITE ASSESSMENT

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What is Continuing Professional Development?

  • As professionals, you have an obligation to keep your knowledge and skills up to date.
  • Continuing professional development shows that you are still learning and growing and helps ensure that patients are receiving the highest quality care.

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How was the New Quality Assurance Program Developed? 

  • A Quality Assurance Working Group was created to lead the development of the new program. 
  • Extensive stakeholder consultations and research about best practices in Canada and abroad. 
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