ASR FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about the Annual Self Report

The College welcomes your questions. If you have additional questions or need further information on the Annual Self Report (ASR), please contact the College at qap@cptbc.org or call 604 730 9193 and ask for Chris Smerdon. Please also refer to the Annual Self Report page and/or view the Troubleshooting page, which has information pertaining to both the Registrant Competence Assessment (RCA) and ASR.

  1. Why a self-quiz format for the Annual Self Report?
  2. What regulatory topics are covered in the Annual Self Report self quiz?
  3. Will the College be able to access my completed Annual Self Report?
  4. If I have several ‘risk factors’ to continuing competence, what does that mean?
  5. What are the differences between the Annual Self Report (ASR) and the Registrant Competence Assessment (RCA)?

1. Why a self-quiz format for the Annual Self Report?

  • Develops awareness of regulatory resources
  • Develops understanding of ethical, legal, and professional requirements
  • Encourages more interactivity, reflection and learning than long passages of text
  • Supports readiness for questions in the Registrant Competence Assessment

2. What regulatory topics are covered in the Annual Self Report self quiz?

  • Practice Standards
  • Professional boundaries
  • Communication
  • Clinical records / documentation
  • Consent to treatment
  • CPTBC Code of Ethics
  • BC Health Professions Act, Physical Therapy Regulation
  • Infection control
  • Privacy laws (e.g., Personal Information Protection Act, Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy Act)
  • Appropriate referral to others re: needs of patient, personal competence

3. Will the College be able to access my completed Annual Self Report?

No. The College will ONLY be notified that a registrant has completed the Annual Self Report. The College does NOT have access to Annual Self Report information from specific individual registrants, but the anonymous data will be aggregated for the analysis of trends and research purposes.

4. If I have several ‘risk factors’ to continuing competence, what does that mean?

REMEMBER, risk factors are NOT indicators of incompetence, but are potential risks to competence as a physical therapist. As an example from a clinical context, high blood pressure, obesity, family history, and being male are general risks to heart health,1 not predictors or indicators of a heart condition for a specific individual.

Identifying risks will highlight areas that may need your awareness and possibly some attention. Some risks are modifiable (e.g., lack of ongoing learning) and some are not (e.g., returning to practice after a period of absence).

Risks are important factors to take note of and, where possible, modify or manage. Also important is to develop the supports to your competence that will help you modify or manage risks.

For your competence as a physical therapist, the Annual Self Report will assist you to:

  • Be aware of your possible risk factors,
  • Identify where you might decrease or manage your risks, and
  • Identify where you might maintain or increase your supports to competence.

For your competence as a physical therapist, it is important that you:

  • Be aware of your risk factors,
  • Decrease or manage your risks where possible, and
  • Increase your supports to competence.

5. What are the differences between the Annual Self Report (ASR) and the Registrant Competence Assessment (RCA)?

RCA ASR
Purpose is for registrant to demonstrate competence through assessment Purpose is for registrant to maintain competence through self-assessment
Completion is a requirement for registration renewal Completion is a requirement for registration renewal
Must be completed in one 3-hour session Can be completed over multiple sessions
Session must be pre-booked No need to pre-book session
Registrants must identify a proctor who will  invigilate No proctor is required
Cannot consult resources during RCA (not ‘open book’ format) Can consult resources during ASR (‘open book’ format)
Online platform Online platform
Cases embedded within registrant’s choice of one of four practice contexts:

•    Adult and Older Adult Cardiorespiratory

•    Adult and Older Adult Musculoskeletal

•    Adult and Older Adult Neuromuscular

•    Child and Youth

Cases embedded within registrant’s choice of one of four practice contexts:

•    Adult and Older Adult Cardiorespiratory

•    Adult and Older Adult Musculoskeletal

•    Adult and Older Adult Neuromuscular

•    Child and Youth

25-35 cases (100-120 questions) 4 cases (12 questions)
Questions cover regulatory topics and essential competencies (Essential Competency Profile for Physiotherapists in Canada, 2009) Questions cover regulatory topics
Cases/questions are written by volunteer registrants Cases/questions are written by volunteer registrants
Criterion referenced: pass score is determined by the level of difficulty of all questions No pass score
The College knows individual results The College does not know individual results
Individual results are not disclosed to employer Individual results are not disclosed to employer
Questions can be answered using a mouse or touch pad; typing is not required. Questions can be answered using a mouse or touch pad; typing is not required.

1See https://ehealth.heartandstroke.ca/?_ga=1.253605257.167816070.1489008752 for the Heart and Stroke Blood Pressure Action Plan™.