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Levels of Accreditation

LEVELS of ACCREDITATION - an Explanation
When making an accreditation award decision, PEAC considers the program's compliance with each criterion described in the Accreditation Standards (for example, Standard 1 in the 2012 Accreditation Standards includes six criteria [1.1 - 1.6]). The program's level of accreditation is determined by the percentage of criteria in compliance within each standard.
Compliance (or non-compliance) with each criterion is described as follows:
Compliant
  • with no concerns OR
  • with an identified issue OR
  • with an identified weakness
Non-Compliant

(has an identified deficiency)
Accreditation award decisions for an education program will be one of the following:
Accredited
  • Fully compliant
  • Partially compliant
  • Probationary
Non-Accredited

CORE criteria are critical. The 2012 Accreditation Standards include four CORE criteria (1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.6). If an established program demonstrates non-compliance (a deficiency) in one of the four CORE criteria, it will automatically be awarded probationary accreditation status.
Accreditation - Fully Compliant
  • A program is in compliance with 100% of the accreditation criteria with in the Accreditation Standards.
  • There are no deficiencies.
  • There could be identified issues and weaknesses that the program must improve upon.
  • Progress towards improving issues and weaknesses must be reported in regular Progress Reports to PEAC.
  • If progress is not made, the program's accreditation status could be changed to partially compliant or probationary.
Accreditation - Partially Compliant
  • A program is in compliance with 80-100% of the accreditation criteria in at least four standards and 50-79% of the criteria in no more than two standards.
  • This means there are some deficiencies for which progress towards compliance must be demonstrated in the next Progress Report
  • There could also be issues and weaknesses to improve upon and report back about in Progress Reports.
  • If progress is not made, the program's accreditation status could be changed to probationary
  • If progress is made, the program's accreditation status could be changed to fully compliant.
* note that any newly developed program will be awarded this level of accreditation until a progress report is submitted after the graduation of two cohorts of students.
Accreditation - Probationary
  • A program has deficiency in a CORE criterion OR
  • A program is in compliance with less than 50% of the accreditation criteria in one standard OR
  • A program is in compliance with less than 80% of the accreditation criteria in more than two standards OR
  • A program fails to demonstrate progress towards improving issues, weaknesses and/or deficiencies in its required Progress Report(s)
Non-Accreditation
  • A program does not meet the requirements for accreditation OR
  • A program with probationary, partial, or full accreditation has failed to demonstrate significant progress within the specified period in Progress Reports.
STUDENTS - IMPORTANT TO NOTE
  • If a program loses its accreditation status, its students may not be considered graduates of an accredited physiotherapy education program.
  • Students must be considered graduates from an accredited physiotherapy education program in Canada in order to be eligible to write the Physiotherapy Competency Exam and be licensed to practice physiotherapy in Canada.
  • The program's accreditation status is important to graduating students with regards to becoming licensed to practice physiotherapy in Canada. It is recommended that students contact the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (alliancept.org) for information regarding the process to become licensed as a physiotherapist in Canada following graduation.
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Accreditation - Fully Compliant

A program is in compliance with 100% of the accreditation criteria within the Accreditation Standards.
  • A program is in compliance with 100% of the accreditation criteria with in the Accreditation Standards.
  • There are no deficiencies.
  • There could be identified issues and weaknesses that the program must improve upon.
  • Progress towards improving issues and weaknesses must be reported in regular Progress Reports to PEAC.
  • If progress is not made, the program's accreditation status could be changed to partially compliant or probationary.
Accreditation - Partially Compliant

  • A program is in compliance with 80-100% of the accreditation criteria in at least four standards and 50-79% of the criteria in no more than two standards.
  • This means there are some deficiencies for which progress towards compliance must be demonstrated in the next Progress Report
  • There could also be issues and weaknesses to improve upon and report back about in Progress Reports.
  • If progress is not made, the program's accreditation status could be changed to probationary
  • If progress is made, the program's accreditation status could be changed to fully compliant.
* note that any newly developed program will be awarded this level of accreditation until a progress report is submitted after the graduation of two cohorts of students.
Accreditation - Probationary

  • A program has deficiency in a CORE criterion OR
  • A program is in compliance with less than 50% of the accreditation criteria in one standard OR
  • A program is in compliance with less than 80% of the accreditation criteria in more than two standards OR
  • A program fails to demonstrate progress towards improving issues, weaknesses and/or deficiencies in its required Progress Report(s)
Accreditation - Pre-Accreditation

Programs in development can apply for pre-accreditation status. Programs at this level of accreditation have not yet completed a full accreditation review.
Accreditation - Non-Accredited

  • A program does not meet the requirements for accreditation OR
  • A program with probationary, partial, or full accreditation has failed to demonstrate significant progress within the specified period in Progress Reports.