NS Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Registration Campaign

In Nova Scotia, we have a provincial registry of AEDs. The registry’s goal is to help improve cardiac arrest survival rates by rapidly linking bystanders/first responders to the closest AEDs to help individuals experiencing cardiac arrest. The registry works with members of the public to help register publicly accessible and private AEDs to grow a database that will notify volunteer responders the location of the nearest AED in an emergency. There are other features as well and you can learn more about the registry at: About – EHS AED Registry Program (savelivesns.ca)

Download the NS AED Registration Blitz Campaign letter

Seeking Volunteers for Interim Competency Process

The Nova Scotia College of Physiotherapists (NSCP) is seeking volunteers for our Credentials Committee.  The Credentials Committee considers applications for registration and licensure as a Physiotherapist in Nova Scotia. 

Postponements and cancellation of the National Physiotherapy Competency Exam due to the COVID-19 pandemic have caused significant ambiguity for Nova Scotia Resident Physiotherapists on their next steps to fully entering the profession.  

The NSCP has adopted an interim policy to provide an alternative credentialing process to be in effect while the PCE clinical component is not available.   This interim process will be conducted by the credentials committee (Download Terms of Reference). 

Who can volunteer?

There are 3 required roles on the Credentials Committee (Follow the links for more details on what we are looking for with each role):

For those considering applying please note that applications will be accepted until Feb 7th, 2022. 

Please also note that for those that may not fit the 3 defined categories (Public, Current/Former Board Member, Current/Former Sponsor) there is space for you on the committee and your applications are welcome.  Please submit use the application form and include a copy of your CV with your application.

Interim Competency Evaluation Process update - Dec 3, 2021

Posted Dec 3, 2021

NSCP has committed to providing an alternative credentialing process to be in effect while the PCE clinical component is not available.  The target was to have an interim policy approved in early November with more details on timelines provided in late November.  Your patience is appreciated as we worked through the policy development and planning for implementation of the interim process.  The policy development phase was extended to review the policy in context with emerging information from other jurisdictions, but has now been completed.

The approved Interim Competency Evaluation Policy is now available for download here.  The policy describes the overall process and requirements.  There are still resources to develop and they will be made available when completed.

Following is a summary of high level key activities and tentative target timelines.  Timelines will be adjusted as required and communicated when changes (increased specificity on anticipated dates, delays or early completion of milestones) are indentified.  

Activity  Target Completion Date 
Recruit/Appoint Credential Committee Jan/Feb 2022
Create/Compile Resources (for Applicants, Sponsors, and Committee Members)  Jan/Feb 2022
Create Training for Committee members  Feb 2022
Deliver CommitteeTraining  Feb/March 2022
Committee Begins Reviewing Applications  March 2022

Credentials Committee 

The Credentials Committee will be comprised of a minimum of 3 members, as follows:

  • 1 public member;

  • 1 registered Physiotherapist that meets the criteria as a sponsor. Sponsors will not review applications for their own residents (current or past); and

  • 1 Physiotherapist who is a former or current member of the Board.

The intent is to recruit enough members to have 2 committees operating concurrently to minimize delays once applications are received. 

If you would like further information on the appointment process when it is available email office@nsphysio.com expressing which role you are interested in.

In the interest of allowing staff to focus on the implementation individual requests for further information/questions related to the process will be accepted and incorporated into future communications, however, we will not be able to respond on an individual basis.

CAPR Discontinues PCE Clinical Component

The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) announced the discontinuation of the clinical component of its Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE).  They will continue administering their written competency exam and the credentialling program and will begin a major effort to review and re-conceptualize evaluation services for entry-to-practice physiotherapy in Canada..  

This announcement has no immediate impact on the Nova Scotia College of Physiotherapists’ interim competency process.  As the interim process is implemented, evaluated and updated the implications of this announcement will be taken into consideration. 

NSCP will continue to communicate updates regarding the competency process. 

Truth and Reconciliation Day

Nova Scotia will officially recognize September 30th as the annual Truth and Reconciliation Day beginning in 2021.

Truth and Reconciliation Day will acknowledge the legacy of residential schools and the role it holds in the reconciliation process.

In honour of First Nations, Inuit and Metis the Nova Scotia College of Physiotherapists’ Office will be closed on September 30, 2021.


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