CAPR to no longer offer clinical component of PCE exam, exam still required to license physiotherapists

January 18, 2022
The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) has announced that it will no longer offer the clinical component of the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE), though the test is still required for licensing. CAPR attributed the change to the pandemic, an inability to hold large-scale in-person exams, and “a major effort to review and re-conceptualize evaluation services for entry-to-practice physiotherapy in Canada.” The exam has been postponed and cancelled for the last two years, resulting in a backlog of thousands of physiotherapist graduates needing to take the exam to gain full licensing. Canadian Physiotherapy Association President Amanda de Chastelain stated that there are concerns that this move will mean students are forced to wait longer as local colleges decide what to do, and that not having a national exam may create inequity. The University of British Columbia has partnered with the College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia to hold exams as an interim measure. CBC (National)