National Competency Framework (NCF)

2016 National Competency Framework (NCF)

The 2016 National Competency Framework is now available via the link below.

Part I of the 2016 NCF outlines the national standards of competencies required for entry-to-practice and therefore required for credentialing / licensing. Any students enrolled in a Respiratory Therapy educational program accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Respiratory Therapy Education (CoARTE) will be taught these competencies, with the first class using this NCF graduating in 2020.

Part II of the 2016 NCF provides guidelines for progression of those same competencies through 3 additional career stages. Part II can be utilized for a variety of purposes, including career planning, performance appraisal benchmarks, developing continuing education programs, etc.

Please note that Range statements within the 2016 NCF are provided as clarification and outlines examples of the circumstances that an element of competency is intended to cover. The Range statements are not meant to cover ALL elements of a competency but rather, provide a clarification of the wording used in the competency statement and its performance criteria as well as the context in which the competency takes place.

A Statistical Analysis Companion to the NCF

This document was developed as a statistical companion to the NCF 2018 and is the first of its kind for Respiratory Therapy in Canada. It was developed from the same data gathered for the development of the NCF and is intended to provide a statistical analysis of that data to graphically create a snapshot of practice for RTs in Canada, including:

  • The role profile of an RT in Ontario, defined by listing the competencies in order from most to least commonly performed. This is presented separately for each of the 4 career stages;
  • The reported skill level of performance in Ontario for each core competency, displayed as a progression across all 4 career stages;
  • The reported skill level of performance in Ontario for each clinical competency, displayed as a progression across all 4 career stages and for each patient population (adult, paediatric and neonatal); and,
  • A comparison of the roles in Ontario, Alberta and Quebec, benchmarked against the national average.

This marks the 4th major use for the data collected by the NARTRB in 2016 – the development of a National Competency Framework for use in defining the entry-to-practice competencies for Respiratory Therapy; the development of an exam blueprint for use when developing a credentialing exam (e.g. CBRC exam); the establishment of competency-based tools for use in accreditation programs for Respiratory Therapy educational programs; and now, for understanding the state of practice by Respiratory Therapists through a statistical analysis of the NCF data.

To fiew the full Statistical Analysis please select the link below:

Should you have any question regarding the 2016 NCF, please contact Carole Hamp, Acting Registrar at or 416-591-7800 x.21.