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Council News: September 2022

2022/2023 Operating and Capital Budget

Council approved the 2022/2023 operating and capital budget

Standards of Practice

Performance of Restricted Activities Standard of Practice

Council approved the draft Performance of Restricted Activities Standard of Practice for circulation to regulated members and external stakeholders. The amended standard of practice is a requirement of Bill 46, the Health Statutes Amendment Act. More information about this is available here.

Continuing Competence Standard of Practice

Council approved the Continuing Competence Standard of Practice that was circulated for registrant feedback in April and submitted to the Minister of Health. This standard will come into effect when phase two of the Health Statutes Amendment Act is proclaimed. This is expected by late 2022/early 2023.

Provision of Professional Services Policy

Council approved a revised Provision of Professional Services Policy (2022). The revised policy will require the unregulated practice setting owner and the Most Responsible Physiotherapist (MRPT) for the practice setting to complete mandatory training. The purpose of the training is to ensure both parties possess the necessary knowledge and understanding of the Provision of Professional Services process, professional expectations articulated in the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethical Conduct, and role of the MRPT.

Approved Clinical Competency Examination

Section 3(c) of the Physical Therapists Profession Regulation states:

An applicant for registration as a regulated member on the general register must have successfully completed a clinical competency examination approved by the Council.

There are only two examinations approved by Council for an applicant to be admitted to the general register.

  1. In 2008 and reconfirmed in 2011, Council approved the clinical component of the Physiotherapy Competency Examination administered by the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) as the clinical competency examination required by section 3 (c) of the Physical Therapists Profession Regulations (PTPR).
  2. In 2021, Council approved the Post-Graduate Clinical Examination administered by the CPE Unit as the clinical competency examination required by section 3 (c) of the PTPR.

All first-time applicants admitted to the general register must have completed one of the two approved clinical examinations. The exception is applicants currently registered in another Canadian jurisdiction who have a valid practice permit equivalent to Alberta’s general register without any limitations, conditions or restrictions imposed. These applications are considered through labor mobility legislation.

Council has now approved any Canadian physiotherapy regulator’s clinical competency evaluation for full licensure as an approved clinical competency examination as required by section 3 of the PTPR. This permits the College to consider an applicant’s entire clinical examination history when they initially apply for registration in Alberta and anytime a regulated member on the Provisional Register passes or fails another jurisdiction’s clinical competency evaluation.

Page updated: 07/10/2022