An entry-to-practice competency profile lays out the abilities that are required in order to enter the workplace as a novice practitioner. Following entry-to-practice, abilities will evolve as a result of experience, interaction with colleagues, and continuing formal education. The nature of this evolution is dependent upon the focus of practice and also upon the practitioner’s uptake of learning, and therefore it is to a significant extent individualized. Evolution of abilities can of course be expected to continue over a career-span, however not in a pre-determined or linear trajectory.
This reality makes it challenging to set standardized requirements for “continuing competence” of licensed professionals.
As a result of work with many professions we believe that – divergence notwithstanding –
there is a set of broadly-stated abilities that define professional practice across career-span, across practice settings and even across professions. We call these Career-Span Competencies (CSCs). They are listed below:
- Act with professional integrity
- Communicate effectively
- Comply with legal requirements
- Function in a client-centred manner
- Work within areas of personal knowledge and skills
- Maintain a safe work environment
- Maintain comprehensive records
- Maintain personal wellness consistent with the needs of practice
- Manage time and resources effectively
- Treat others respectfully
- Practice in a manner consistent with current developments in the profession
- Use an evidence-informed approach to decision making
- Interact effectively with other professionals
- Practice in a self-reflective manner
The simple language of the CSCs speaks powerfully both to practitioners and to the public about core expectations of professional practice. Their breadth allows them to play out somewhat differently in different practice settings and career paths.
We work with regulators and certification organizations to develop standards of practice and quality assurance programs based upon the CSCs.
- Using the CSCs as a framework for standards of practice provides a coherent and balanced approach that addresses all aspects of a profession’s scope of practice
- The CSCs enable the development of performance-based quality assurance programs with continuity throughout career-span and applicability across all aspects of practice
- The generic nature of the CSCs allows for the development of standards that apply across professions
Please contact us for further information.
Development of the CSCs was the result of a team effort:
Dr David Cane, Principal Consultant
Dr Brad Matthews
Dr Ania Kania-Richmond
Applications of the CSCs to standards of practice and quality assurance were developed based on projects completed for:
The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario
The College of Optometrists of British Columbia
The College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia