Leadership Webinar from September 2018 Now Available for Purchase!

Leadership Webinar: The Challenging Patient: Strategies to Manage Difficult Encounters

Hosts: Stephen Fritz-Millett, Aurelie Dimandja and Kirsten Marshall

Date: September 19, 2018

Cost (with indfinite access after purchase): $50

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Leadership Webinar from November 2017 Now Available for Purchase!

Leadership Webinar: PTA's Powerless or Empowered

Hosts: Stephen Fritz-Millet and Aurélie Dimandja

Date: November 2017

Cost (with indefinite access after purchase): CPA Members - $17.50; Non-CPA Members - $25

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Essential Competency Profile for Physiotherapist Assistants in Canada – April 2012

Essential Competency Profile for Physiotherapist Assistants in Canada – April 2012

Profil des compétences essentielles des assistants-physiothérapeutes au Canada

This second generation competency profile is a foundational document that describes the essential competencies (i.e., the knowledge, skills and attitudes) required by physiotherapist assistants working under the supervision of a physiotherapist in Canada at the beginning of and throughout their career.

NPAA Constitution

NPAA Constitution can be found here.  

This amended Constitution has brought it in line with the new Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act and CPA Bylaws.

Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program (OTA & PTA EAP)

OTA and PTA Education Accreditation Program

A summary of the work completed over the past several months including updated policies/resources.

Self-Assessment Tool for Internationally-Educated PTAs

New self- assessment tool for internationally educated PTAs

This self-assessment tool is designed to help internationally-educated health professionals understand the Canadian physiotherapist assistant profession. It describes what physiotherapist assistants who work in Canada are generally expected to know and do. It outlines the knowledge and skills that physiotherapist assistants must have to practise their profession effectively in a Canadian province or territory.

Benefits of NPAA Membership

Download here: Benefits of NPAA Membership

Français: Adhésion À l'Assemblée Nationale des Assistants-Physiothérapeutes (AP)

Members of the National Physiotherapist Assistant Assembly (NPAA) enjoy a broad range of member benefits including the value of an instant professional network across Canada, the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your practice and professional reputation are protected by adequate malpractice errors and omissions insurance, and meaningful opportunities to shape the development and growth of the physiotherapy profession in Canada.

Report on the 2011 Practice Analysis for Physiotherapist Support Personnel in Canada

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, contracted with Assessment Strategies Inc. (ASI) to conduct a practice analysis study of all physiotherapist support personnel in Canada.  The results of the study were used in the development of the 2012 Essential Competency Profile for Physiotherapist Assistants in Canada.

The report outlines the results of the practice analysis study, including the job functions of physiotherapist assistants across the various practice settings and geographical regions of Canada.

Please note that this report is only available in English at this time.

If you have questions regarding the 2011 Physiotherapist Practice Analysis for Support Personnel, please email:

White Paper: Physiotherapist Support Personnel Study - November 2010

White Paper: Physiotherapist Support Personnel Study - November 2010

In the summer and fall of 2010, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) conducted a broad environmental scan to examine the status of physiotherapist support personnel Canada and to describe trends affecting practice, education, regulation, and membership of support personnel in the National Support Worker Assembly. Physiotherapist support personnel include those from formal education programs (e.g., Physiotherapy Assistants, Rehabilitation Assistants) and those that are trained on-the-job (e.g., Physiotherapy Aides). These two groups are described in detail in the Competency Profile: Essential Competencies of Physiotherapist Support Workers in Canada. This final project report will serve as a resource document for revision of this Competency Profile, which was published in 2002 and is scheduled to be up-dated.
The project findings will also be used in the development of recommendations regarding appropriate policies and activities to facilitate the development of an effective support personnel strategy in the delivery of physiotherapy services within an evolving health care environment.