National Competency Profile

National Alliance of Respiratory Therapy Regulatory Bodies (NARTRB)

The National Alliance of Respiratory Therapy Regulatory Bodies (Alliance) is a not for profit organization whose members constitute those organizations in Canada responsible for the regulation of the profession of respiratory therapy.

Visit The National Alliance of Respiratory Therapy Regulatory Bodies website.  

The NARTRB is also responsible for the development of the National Competency Profile used by the accredited educational programs in the development of curriculum designed to ensure that the graduating respiratory therapists are equipped to function competently across all jurisdictions.

2016 National Competency Framework (NCF)

Part I and Part II which was approved by the Board of Directors/Council of each provincial regulatory body, the CSRT Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of the National Alliance of Respiratory Therapy Regulatory Bodies (NARTRB). Part I of the 2016 NCF outlines the national standards of competencies required for entry-to-practice and therefore required for credentialing / licensing; Part II of the 2016 NCF provides guidelines for the Respiratory Therapy Profession as they move forward in their career path.

Please note that Range statements within the NCF are provided as clarification and outlines examples of the circumstances that an element of competency is intended to cover. Please note thatRange statements are not meant to cover ALL elements of a competency that should be included. More specifically, Range statements 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. Due to jurisdictional differences in scope of practice, for some competencies (e.g. C5, C10) the range identifies which competencies RTs in one jurisdiction may perform, while RTs in other jurisdictions are limited to assisting other members of the health care team with a particular competency.

The 2016 NCF (Part I and Part II) will be available on the web site of each provincial and national organizations who endorsed this document. Should you have any question regarding the 2016 NCF, please contact the MARRT Registrar at or the CSRT for non-regulated jurisdictions.

Part I

View Part I : National Standards for Entry-to-Practice

Part II

View Part II : National Guidelines Competencies Throughout Career Stages

2016-2021 National Competency Framework (NCF)

To view the updated NCF Document, click the button below.

View NCF for the Profession of Respiratory Therapy 2016-2021


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