The College

Our Mission

The College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia (CPTBC) is a not-for-profit, self-regulating professional health organization whose purpose is to serve and protect the public by ensuring that physical therapists provide safe, competent and ethical services.

Our Mandate

The College is mandated by the Health Professions Act of British Columbia. This mandate includes:

  • The regulation of the practice of the profession;
  • The establishment of the entry-to-practice requirements and the registration;
  • The assurance of the quality of professional practice;
  • The promotion of continuing competence;
  • The setting of ethical standards; and
  • The investigation of complaints against its registrants.

Our Vision

Inspiring public confidence through excellence in regulation.

Values Statement

The College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia shall be guided in its work and professional conduct by a framework of values.

A) Public Service

  • Inspire public confidence and trust in the integrity of self-regulation.
  • Provide honest, objective and impartial protection to the public, ensuring integrity within the physical therapy profession.
  • Embrace open communication, respect for public opinion and engagement.

B) Professional Competence, Excellence and Efficiency

  • Display fiscal transparency alongside administrative fairness and justice, while respecting a duty of confidentiality.
  • Promote proactive and responsive leadership.
  • Improve the quality of professional practice through lifelong learning.

C) Value Our People

  • We respect the value of every person; their diversity, culture and language.
  • We embrace personal growth, commitment and teamwork.
  • We recognize staff and volunteers as critical to our success.

The College Fulfills Its Mandate, Mission and Vision by:

  • Establishing, monitoring and enforcing standards of physical therapy practice and professional ethics, policies, procedures and programs that are consistent, valid, accepted and responsive to health care needs;
  • Responding to the public’s need for information about the practice of physical therapy;
  • Reinforcing physical therapists’ awareness of their professional responsibilities and obligations;
  • Being easily accessible through its optimal use of people, technology and resources and effective communication with stakeholders;
  • Building partnerships;
  • Undertaking evaluation of its process and services;
  • Promoting research on professional regulation issues in collaboration with other organizations;
  • Regulating members of the physical therapy service delivery team; and
  • Ensuring that its governance model supports the mandate.