Continuing Competence

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The Regulated Health Professions Act requires all regulatory bodies including the College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba (CPM) to establish and maintain a continuing competency program to promote high practice standards among registrants. Continuing competence requires that the health professionals demonstrate to their respective Colleges that they maintain and enhance their ability to practice.

Physiotherapists in Manitoba have always engaged in continuing professional development activities. In order to support their efforts, the Continuing Competency Committee has designed a user-friendly program that is relevant to all, and has the flexibility to adapt to various workplace environments.

The Continuing Competency Program has been designed to provide the physiotherapist with the tools to demonstrate the maintenance of competence and enhancement of practice. It consists of three components.




Practice Reflection

  • Designed to promote self-assessment, professional accountability and reflection.
  • All members will be required to develop and maintain a Professional Portfolio.
  • All members will be required to complete a Practice Reflection submission on a yearly basis.
  • Randomly selected members will be required to make submissions for peer review.



Practice Audit

  • Designed to allow registrants to demonstrate competence while providing a positive learning experience.
  • The Practice Audit process was piloted in 2016 with success and has continued with the goal of auditing 5% of registrants per year. Please contact CPM if you would like more information about the Practice Audit component of the Continuing Competency Program.



Practice Support

  • Designed to support registrants in clinical practice as identified through the Practice Audit process.
  • This process is individualized for registrants with input from peers sitting on the Continuing Competence Committee.


A five year review of the Program was completed in 2020 with recommendations made based on both registrant feedback and statistical review of qualitative and quantitative data collected from the various program components. Changes to the Continuing Competence program are under development and should be ready for roll out in 2022. The updated overview of the program can be found in CPM’s Annual General Report and is provided to the Minister of Health for review.

Program Philosophy and Goals (PDF)

This publication is available in alternate formats on request.


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