Competencies and Standards
National Competency Profiles
The National Competency Profile (NCP) lists the competencies that are expected at entry-to-practice of the three certification categories. Its primary purpose is to set standards for education and certification.
The NCP has been accepted by Accreditation Canada for use in the accreditation of sonography education programs. As well as meeting other requirements, accredited programs must develop curriculum and learning activities which ensure that their graduates possess all the competencies listed in the relevant section of the NCP.
The NCP establishes a minimum educational standard; programs are free to include additional competencies to meet local and regional needs, at their discretion. In order to provide sonographer certification, Sonography Canada assesses the competencies of applicants for registration utilizing both clinical and knowledge-based assessment vehicles. The blueprints for these assessment vehicles are derived from the NCP. Since it provides information about the job tasks that sonographers may be expected to perform, the NCP will also be of use to many other stakeholders in the profession: employers, physicians, practicing sonographers, students, government agencies, and the general public.