Under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance (HPCA) Act 2003, the Board is tasked with accrediting and monitoring Aotearoa New Zealand (NZ) entry-level physiotherapy programmes and their educational education providers.
‘To describe the qualification required for scopes of practice within the profession, and, for that purpose, to accredit and monitor educational institutions and degrees, courses of studies or programmes’ – section 118(a)
All programmes accredited by the Board are assessed against the Accreditation Standard for Physiotherapy Practitioner Programmes (2017) (the Accreditation Standard).
The standards set out the minimum requirements to be met in order to deliver physiotherapy programmes that provide persons who complete the programme with the knowledge, clinical skills and professional attributes for practise of physiotherapy in New Zealand. A standard is met when each and every criterion within that domain is met.