Registrant Competence Assessment
The Registrant Competence Assessment (RCA) is the second component of the Quality Assurance Program. It is an online written test that uses a case-based approach to assess a physical therapist’s decision-making skills with regards to specific clinical and regulatory issues addressed in day-to-day practice. Click here for more basic information about the RCA.
Facts about the Registrant Competence Assessment:
- Starting in 2015, British Columbian physical therapists holding full and limited registration will be required to write the RCA every six years. Each six-year cycle will be comprised of two sittings of the RCA, at year 1 and year 4. The sampling method for the first and second sittings of the RCA was random and done via a third party. Those registrants who complete the RCA in the first sitting of the first six-year cycle will also be in the first sitting of the second six-year cycle, in 2021. The RCA is an online written exam.
- If a physical therapist does not meet the standard of competence as set in the RCA, he or she will not lose his or her registration. If unsuccessful after two attempts, the College will assist the physical therapist in setting up an individualized practice support plan.
- The cases and questions are developed by physical therapists working in BC and reflect the sorts of issues and circumstances that physical therapists experience in ‘real’ practice.
- Physical therapists are required to demonstrate continuing competence in one of four practice contexts in the blueprint for the RCA. The four practice contexts are:
- ‘Key features’ refers to the question and answer approach used to test the physical therapist’s ability to identify the steps, approach or answer related to resolving the practice situation identified.
- Results of the RCA will be kept confidential between the physical therapist and the College.
- The exam is taken online at a location of the registrant’s choosing (a quiet location with stable Internet access is strongly recommended). Questions can be answered using a mouse or touch pad; typing is not required (there are no text entry answers).