IPEC Core Competencies

The IPEC Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice were first adopted in 2011, updated in 2016, and recently revised in 2023. In the years since the original document’s release and update, the IPEC competencies have been widely disseminated throughout the health professions and embedded into both curriculum and accreditation standards.

Click on the links below to download the current and previous versions of the IPEC competencies.


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IPEC Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice: Version 3 (2023)

The 2023 IPEC competencies builds upon preceding versions and includes significant updates and improvements to the previous edition released in 2016. To support users, the IPEC Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice: Version 3 contains a compendium of materials:

- A brief history of IPEC (Appendix A) detailing collective milestones from 2009 to the present day.
- A summary of IPEC programs, projects, and resources (Appendix B).
- An expanded and revised glossary of terms (Appendix C) with 40 operational terms adopted throughout the 2023 update.
- A corresponding comparison guide (Appendix D) that provides crosswalk tools to efficiently compare the differences between the second and third versions.

To view more about the 2021-2023 IPEC Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Revision, click here.

Register for the archived December 1 introductory webinar where speakers discussed the newly revised IPEC competencies, explored changes made to the framework, described how these changes address feedback from the IPE community, and illustrated how the IPEC competencies can prepare learners for interprofessional teamwork. Click here to download the slides from this presentationClick here to download the handout from this presentation.



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IPEC Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice: Version 2 (2016)

This 2016 update reflects the changes that have occurred in the health system since the release of the original report, two of the most significant of which are the increased focus on the Triple Aim (improving the experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing the per capita cost of health care) and implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010.



IPEC Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice: Version 1 (2011)

This report is inspired by a vision of interprofessional collaborative practice as key to the safe, high quality, accessible, patient-centered care desired by all. The intent was to build on each profession’s expected disciplinary competencies in defining competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice. The IPEC panel identified four core competency domains: 1) values and ethics; 2) roles and responsibilities for collaborative practice; 3) interprofessional communication; and 4) teamwork and team-based care.



Team-Based Competencies, Building a Shared Foundation for Education and Clinical Practice

This summary document is based on the February 2011 meeting that was held to advance interprofessional education, which provides both academic and clinical experiences for students from two or more health professions to work in a collaborative partnership to provide patient-centered care.