Developing One Set of competencies for OTs in Canada

CORECOM is a pan-Canadian initiative (across the academic, association and regulatory sectors) to develop one set of occupational therapy competencies for occupational therapists in Canada. This month we see the launch of a validation survey for input from all OTs in Canada. (The College sent registrants an email on March 8 with information on how to participate in the validation survey and contribute to the evolution of this new single set of competencies for occupational therapists in Canada.)

This new single set of competencies for the profession will ultimately replace the Essential Competencies of Practice for Occupational Therapists in Canada (3rd Edition) that we rely on for many of our regulatory functions. COTBC will develop an implementation plan to incorporate this new set of competencies across all college programs.

Other partners will be similarly addressing the impact of the new competencies on the activities of their respective organizations including the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) and the Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy University Programs (ACOTUP). The COTBC Registrar serves as one of the regulatory representatives on the CORECOM Steering Committee.