The Route Map To The APC Skill Assessment

Sep 26, 2023 3 min read
APC Skill Assessment

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Prepare well for the skill assessment by the Australian Physiotherapy Council that evaluates your knowledge and clinical competence before you become a registered physiotherapist in Australia.
  • Understand the different assessment pathways that can be chosen by a candidate who wishes to become a registered physiotherapist in Australia
  • Learn the requirements for the assessment process by the Australian Physiotherapy Council in detail to avoid delay or invalid applications.

Introduction

Clearing the skill assessment by the Australian Physiotherapy Council can pave the way to becoming a registered physiotherapist in Australia. Australia is a great country with an incredible healthcare system. Apart from career advancement opportunities and lucrative salaries, healthcare professionals in Australia can experience a significant increase in their quality of life. Physiotherapists are in high demand in Australia and can build rewarding careers there. 

The Route Map To The APC Skill Assessment

  • Introduction
  • Why is Skill Assessment Important?
  • What are the Types of Assessment Pathways?
  • What are the Requirements for Skill Assessment?
    • Standard Assessment Pathway
      • Eligibility Criteria
        • Documents Required
    • FLYR Pathway
      • Eligibility Criteria
        • Documents Required
    • Equivalence of Qualification Pathway
      • Eligibility Criteria
        • Documents Required
      • Assessment for Skilled Migration Visas
      • Eligibility Criteria
        • Documents Required
  • Conclusion
  • FAQs

Why is Skill Assessment Important?

Skill assessment is a process of significant importance for physiotherapists planning to migrate to Australia. This process is vital for various reasons and it is mandatory for physiotherapists to choose an assessment pathway. 

The skill assessment process provided by the Australian Physiotherapy Council contributes to the professional development of the candidates. They also ensure public safety and enable physiotherapists to practise safely and effectively in the Australian context.

It also checks the professional knowledge and standards of the candidate and promotes consistency in the evaluation of physiotherapy skills across different educational backgrounds and countries. This process safeguards public health and maintains high standards. 

What are the Types of Assessment Pathways?

There are different types of assessment pathways for physiotherapists. The candidate can apply for the suitable pathway according to the eligibility criteria. The assessment pathways of the Australian Physiotherapy Council are as follows.

  • Standard Assessment Pathway
  • FLYR Pathway
  • Equivalence of Qualification
  • Assessment for Skilled Migration Visas

What are the Requirements for Skill Assessment?

The requirements and eligibility criteria for each assessment pathway may differ from each other. The candidate must meet these conditions and submit the required documents during the assessment process. 

Standard Assessment Pathway

  • Eligibility Assessment and Cultural Safety Training
  • Interim Certificate
  • Written Assessment
  • Clinical assessment
  • Final certificate

Eligibility Criteria

  • The candidate must be an internationally trained physiotherapist with a minimum diploma-level qualification
  • The candidate must hold the educational/qualification requirements for registration without any restriction in your country of training
  • In the case of non-existence of a regulatory body, the candidate must be able to practise without restriction in your country of training

Documents Required

The candidate must upload scanned copies of the original documents for the online application of the Eligibility Assessment. Hard copies are not required. The requirements for uploads are as follows.

  • A colour copy of the original document at 300 dpi resolution or more. Photocopies or certified copies will not be accepted
  • All edges and corners must be included
  • All the text must be readable
  • Visible security features are required (such as the issuing authority’s official stamp, seals, signatures, holograms etc.)

The documents needed are as follows.

  • Passport Photo Identity Page
  • Change of Name (if applicable)
  • Degree Certificate
  • Statement of Results
  • Evidence to Practice

Click here to know more about the Standard Assessment Pathway

FLYR Pathway

  • Registered in a FYLR country
  • Eligibility assessment and cultural safety program
  • Interim certificate
  • Written assessment
  • Final certificate

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for the Australian Physiotherapy Council FLYR pathway, the applicant must meet the following criteria.

  • The candidate must have completed an entry-level physiotherapy qualification in a FLYR-approved country
  • The candidate must possess registration without restriction with the relevant regulatory body within the past 5 years
  • The candidate must be able to practise without any restrictions
  • The candidate must hold an entry-level qualification that is diploma-level or higher*

(*Singapore candidates must have completed a Bachelor-level degree) 

Documents Required

The candidate must upload scanned copies of the original documents for the online application of the Eligibility Assessment. Hard copies are not required. The requirements for uploads are as follows.

  • A colour copy of the original document at 300 dpi resolution or more. Photocopies or certified copies will not be accepted
  • All edges and corners must be included
  • All the text must be readable
  • Visible security features are required (such as the issuing authority’s official stamp, seals, signatures, holograms etc.)
  • The documents must be in .pdf format

The documents needed are as follows.

  • Passport Photo Identity Page
  • Change of Name (if applicable)
  • Degree Certificate
  • Statement of Results
  • Letter from University
  • Evidence to Practice

Click here for more information about the FLYR Pathway

Equivalence of Qualification Pathway

  • Checklist of equivalent programs
  • Application and cultural safety training
  • Final certificate

Eligibility Criteria

  • The university, program, and cohort of the candidate should be found to be substantially equivalent to an Australian entry-level program.

Documents Required

The candidate must upload scanned copies of the original documents for the online application of the Eligibility Assessment. Hard copies are not required. The requirements for uploads are as follows.

  • A colour copy of the original document at 300 dpi resolution or more. Photocopies or certified copies will not be accepted
  • All edges and corners must be included
  • All the text must be readable
  • Visible security features are required (such as the issuing authority’s official stamp, seals, signatures, holograms etc.)
  • The documents must be in .pdf format

The documents needed are as follows.

  • Passport Photo Identity Page
  • Change of Name (if applicable)
  • Degree Certificate
  • Statement of Results
  • Letter from University
  • Evidence to Practice
  • Map to Physiotherapy Practice Thresholds Template

Click here for more information about the Equivalence of Qualifications

Assessment for Skilled Migration Visas

The types of skill assessments are as follows.

  • Skill Assessment for Permanent Residence//Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visas
  • Skill Assessment for Temporary Graduate Visas

Eligibility Criteria 

The following criteria must be met to be eligible for the skill assessment.

  • The candidate must meet Ahpra’s English Language Skills Registration Standard for physiotherapists.
  • The candidate must have a current and unconditional General Registration with Ahpra.

Or

  • The candidate must meet the qualification requirement for the General Registration with Ahpra by checking any one of these requirements:
    • Completed an Australian qualification that is included in Ahpra’s Approved Programs of Study
    • Obtained the Council’s Certificate of Substantial Equivalence after successfully completing Equivalence of Qualification
    • Obtained the Council’s Final Certificate after successfully completing the Standard Assessment Pathway or the FLYR Pathway
    • Hold a current and unconditional Annual Practising Certificate with the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand

Documents Required

The candidate must upload scanned copies of the original documents for the online application of the Eligibility Assessment. Hard copies are not required. The requirements for uploads are as follows.

  • A colour copy of the original document at 300 dpi resolution or more. Photocopies or certified copies will not be accepted
  • All edges and corners must be included
  • All the text must be readable
  • Visible security features are required (such as the issuing authority’s official stamp, seals, signatures, holograms etc.)
  • The documents must be in .pdf format

The documents needed for Skill Assessment for Permanent Residence/Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa are as follows.

  • Passport Photo Identity Page
  • Change of Name (if applicable)
  • Degree Certificate
  • Statement of Results
  • Other Qualification Documentation
  • Current Registration (if applicable)
  • English Language Ability
  • Skilled Employment Documentation

The documents needed for Skill Assessment for Permanent Residence/Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa are as follows.

  • Passport Photo Identity Page
  • Change of Name
  • Degree Certificate
  • Statement of Results
  • Current Registration if applicable
  • English Language Ability

Click here more information about the Assessment for Skilled Migration Visas

Conclusion

The assessment pathways offered by the Australian Physiotherapy Council aim to ensure that internationally trained physiotherapists meet the standards required for registration and practice in Australia. By evaluating qualifications, experience, and competencies, these pathways facilitate a fair and thorough assessment process for aspiring physiotherapists seeking to establish their careers in Australia.

FAQs

Q: Which are the countries approved by the FLYR?

Ans: The list of FLYR-approved countries is as follows.

  • Canada
  • Hong Kong (SAR of China)
  • The United Kingdom
  • Ireland
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Netherlands

Q: Are English language requirements to be fulfilled for the assessment process?

Ans: The Council’s assessment process does not include English language requirements. But the candidate must keep in mind that the assessments will be conducted in English only. 

If the candidate chooses Skills Assessment for Migration, he/she will need to meet English language requirements.

Q: What is the Council’s online Cultural Safety Training?

Ans: The Cultural Safety Training is an online program that consists of 6 learning modules and will take approximately 5 hours to complete. The candidate must achieve an 80% score to pass this.

Dr. Akram Ahmad
Dr. Akram Ahmad
about the author

Dr. Akram Ahmad is a clinical pharmacist and lecturer with over 10 years of teaching and research experience across various subjects of medicine in India, Malaysia and Australia. He is an educationist and a medpreneur with extensive knowledge of the global healthcare diaspora. Through his articles, videos and engaging sessions, he always aims to impart unexplored knowledge about the healthcare world to interested students and professionals.