The College is required to have in place a quality assurance (QA) program. The QA program is designed to help the College achieve its mandate of ensuring that the public of Ontario receives quality, safe and effective health care, while also improving the practice of the profession. The Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 states that the QA program must have in place:
- continuing education or professional development designed to:
- promote continuing competence and improvement among members;
- address changes in practice environments; and
- incorporate standards of practice, advances in technology, changes made to entry-to- practice competencies and other relevant issues;
- self-assessments as well as peer and practice assessments; and
- a mechanism for the College to monitor members' participation in, and compliance with, the quality assurance program.
The foundation of the College’s Quality Assurance Program is based on the Essential Competencies of Practice for Kinesiologists in Ontario. The document defines the knowledge, skill, judgment and attitudes required to practise in the public interest.
The Essential Competencies help kinesiologists:
- understand practice expectations throughout their career;
- plan continuing professional development and ongoing competence; and
- meet the profession’s minimum practice expectations to ensure the delivery of competent, safe and ethical care.
The performance indictors within the Essential Competencies help the College measure the competence of kinesiologists through mechanisms such as self and peer and practice assessment. Together with the practice standards, the College is able to clearly communicate the requirements of being a registered kinesiologist.
The Quality Assurance Program is intended to be supportive in nature. It is meant to promote and enhance members' understanding of the practice of the profession of kinesiology. The program involves: