Competency-Based Interview

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A competency-based interview (CBI) is a structured interview that assesses your knowledge, skill and judgment to help you identify areas of strengths and areas of practice improvement. You will be asked to describe a recent situation or client case and discuss your actions and the results of the situation or the client outcomes. The questions are based on the Entry-Level Competencies for Registered Nurses, the Competencies for Nurse Practitioners in Manitoba and the Standards of Practice for Registered Nurses on the Extended Practice Register.

How are members selected to participate in a CBI?

There are several ways in which an RN or RN(NP) is selected to participate in the competency-based interview:

  • randomly for engagement in the continuing competence practice review;
  • in response to the multi-source feedback results;
  • directed by the College as a result of a complaint and/or mandatory report;
  • as agreed upon in an undertaking by the member and the College; or
  • as directed by the Continuing Competency Committee.

Is my participation in the CBI confidential?

Yes. Only the College designated staff and the assigned Practice Auditor have access to your CBI profile, pre-questionnaire, interview details and reports. This information is not shared with the public, other members or your employer(s).

How do I begin my CBI process?

The College has implemented a confidential, password-protected online system, the Practice Review Portal, to support efficient communication between the College, Practice Auditors and you to engage in the competency-based interview. To access the Portal, follow these steps:

  • Log in to your member profile on our website by entering your registration number and password.
  • Click on the Practice Review Portal button on the right-hand side of the page. The Portal will launch in a new web page.
  • Log in to the Portal using your CBI username and password (provided in your CBI notification letter). Your personal Practice Review Portal web page will then be displayed.

You can also refer to the Guide to the Competency-Based Interview for more information.

How do I request a deferral?

In order to engage in the competency-based interview you must be working. If you are not currently working, you will need to notify the College. You must also notify the College once you return to work. 

How do I request accommodation for my special need?

An RN/RN(NP) who has a disability (defined according to the Human Rights Code) and requires special accommodation to complete the interview may request that the College make those provisions. The College will work with you to accommodate needs. Requests should be made through the Practice Review Portal email system within seven days from receiving the notification letter.

Who are the CBI interviewers?

The College's Board appoints qualified Practice Auditors who are trained CBI interviewers. Practice Auditors:

  • are members of the College in good standing and have current Canadian registered nursing experience in their area of practice;
  • receive extensive training on interviewing, scoring and the CBI process by the College;
  • adhere to a confidentiality agreement and a conflict of interest policy; and
  • have been assessed themselves during the pilot test of the interview tool.

What happens after the interview?

The Practice Auditor writes a CBI Report which is made available to you approximately two weeks after the assessment. The CBI Report will be available in the Practice Review Portal under the Reports Results tab. An email alert will be sent to you when the CBI Report is available for your review on the website. You have 14 days to send a written submission in response to the CBI Report offering additional information that was not communicated during the interview. 


More Information

Allison Leveque RN BN, Practice & Standards Consultant
Telephone: 204-784-5189
Toll-free: 1-800-665-2027 ext. 189 (Manitoba only)
Fax: 204-775-6052