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Overview of Assessment for Registration Purposes

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Overview of Assessment for Registration Purposes

The Australian Physiotherapy Council (APC) performs assessments of the knowledge, clinical skills and professional attributes of overseas qualified physiotherapists seeking to qualify for General Registration with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia, in order to practise as a physiotherapist in Australia under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law 2009.

Please note we do not require proof of an English Language Proficiency Certificate at any point throughout the Assessment for Registration process. However, when you apply for registration with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia (AHPRA), they will require a certificate.

The APC offers two separate assessments for candidates who want to qualify for General Registration and do not hold an Australian qualification approved by the Physiotherapy Board of Australia:

1. Three Part Assessment Process

This assessment process has three parts:

  • Initial Assessment
  • Candidates must submit a completed Initial Assessment application form, along with all supporting documents as required by the APC, which can be found listed in the Initial Assessment application form. Once assessed and approved candidates will be issued with an Interim Certificate. This Interim Certificate then allows candidates to apply for Limited Registration under Supervision with the Australian Physiotherapy Board (AHPRA). Once you have obtained limited registration you can then start practising in Australia whilst completing the final two stages of the assessment for registration process.
  • Please note the APC Interim Certificate is just one of the requirements needed in order to obtain your limited registration. You must contact AHPRA directly, in order to find out what other documents are required. You can visit their website here: http://www.physiotherapyboard.gov.au/

 

  • Written Examination
  • This assessment is conducted four times a year in both Australian and Overseas venues. This written examination consists of two papers, involving multiple choice questions. The standards applied to this written assessment correspond to the Australian Standards of Physiotherapy.

 

  • Clinical Assessment
  • This assessment consists of three practical exams - Cardiorespiratory, Musculoskeletal and Neurology. This assessment demonstrates that you are currently suitable to practise physiotherapy independently in Australia. These practical assessments are only conducted in Australia. There are no set dates for these practical assessments, they are allocated to candidates based on the earliest availability.

 

A candidate who successfully completes the Three Part Assessment Process, will be granted a Final Certificate which can be used to meet one of the requirements for General Registration with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia. Please be aware that the Final Certificate  is only one of several requirements the Physiotherapy Board has for General Registration.

 

2. Assessment of Equivalence of Qualification

This assessment process is intended for candidates who hold qualifications that may be considered equivalent to an accredited Australian physiotherapy program.  It is based on the requirements for accreditation of Australian qualifications and requires the applicant's university to submit documents in substantial detail regarding all aspects of the qualification and course structure.

The Assessment of Equivalence of Qualification is an extremely thorough and detailed assessment. We strongly recommended that applicants carefully read the list of criteria for approval before they apply.

It is a one stage process, and if the candidate's application is successful they will be issued with a Certificate of Substantial Equivalence which can be used to meet one of the requirements for General Registration with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia.

Please be aware that the Certificate of Substantial Equivalence  is only one of several requirements the Physiotherapy Board has for General Registration. If the candidate's application is not successful, they will be approved to undertake the Three Part Assessment Process; starting with the Written Examination.