Step 2: Exam Part 1

You must complete Exam Part 1 with the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (the Alliance).

PCE Part 1 (Written Component)
Once you successfully complete the Credentialling process, you may register for Part 1 (Written Component) of the Physiotherapist Competency Exam (PCE). This multiple-choice exam tests your knowledge of physiotherapy and your ability to solve clinical problems using clinical scenarios.

The Alliance administers PCE Part 1. You can write the exam in major cities in Canada, including Winnipeg. Opportunities to complete the exam are provided six times a year. You will choose an exam date on the Registration Application form.

Registration Application Form
Visit the Alliance website at for:

  • Registration Application form
  • Candidate Handbook (provides exam fees, registration deadlines, locations and dates, and a description of the exam)
  • Orientation Resource (provides sample questions and advice on preparing for the exam)

important_iconThe Alliance has registration deadlines for the PCE Part 1. Check the Alliance website to ensure you apply on time.

The fee for PCE Part 1 is $865 (2015).

The Alliance will mail you information about the location and date of your exam upon receipt of your application. You will receive your PCE Part 1 results by mail within 6 weeks.

If you pass the PCE Part 1, you will be eligible to register as an Exam Candidate.

If you do NOT pass the PCE Part 1, you may rewrite the exam up to five more times. If you do NOT pass the exam after three attempts, the Alliance will contact you with advice on how to successfully write the PCE Part 1.

important_iconOnce you pass PCE Part 1 you have two years to pass PCE Part 2. If you do NOT pass Part 2 within two years, you must rewrite Part 1.