The Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurse (CAFCN) is pleased to share a copy of the newly released first edition of the National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada (2017).

The competencies described in the document are the product of an extensive consultative and collaborative process conducted across Canada. In the fall of 2016 the draft framework, assumptions and competency statements were shared with external stakeholders for comment.

The CAFCN’s mission is to advance the practice of foot care through collaborative and networking and one of our goals is to develop educational opportunities, national guidelines and a certification process for advanced nursing foot care. The National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada will provide us with a platform to move forward to meet our goal of national certification.

Another component of this process involves the recognition of advanced nursing foot care programs, and the organizations who offer that education, by CAFCN. While CAFCN is mindful of the fact that the implementation of the competencies in this document may have implications for your program and business, we would like to begin that process by engaging education program providers in answering some immediate questions. We invite you to review the document and write to CAFCN.

Indicating the implications for your organization and program and estimating what time period would be involved in developing your program to address these competencies – thus preparing graduates to be eligible for National Certification.

If you have thoughts or comments about the competencies, please share them with us by emailing us at as we will make note for the second iteration of the document.

Kirsten Hansen
President, CAFCN

Cover of Competencies Report