Physiotherapist Competency Exam (PCE)
You must complete the PCE with the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) to become registered with CPM. The PCE has two parts:
PART 1: Written Component (also known as the Qualifying Exam)
PART 2: Clinical Component (also known as the Physiotherapy National Exam)
You must complete PCE Part 1 within 2 years of completing the Credentialling process. You must complete PCE Part 1 before you can complete PCE Part 2.
PART 1: Written Component
This multiple-choice exam tests your knowledge of physiotherapy and your ability to solve clinical problems using clinical scenarios.
Once you pass the written component of the exam you may apply to CPM to become registered as an Exam Candidate. Your registration will allow you to work under supervision.
You must pass PCE Part 2 within two years of passing PCE Part 1.
PART 2: Clinical Component (Physiotherapy National Exam)
This clinical exam tests your physiotherapy knowledge, skills and abilities, including your communication skills and professional behaviour. Examiners will observe you as you solve clinical problems.
After you pass your clinical component of the exam you may apply to CPM to become registered for Active Practice. Your registration will allow you to work unsupervised.
The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) administers the Physiotherapist Competency Exam (PCE). Visit the CAPR website at alliancept.org for details on both parts of the exam:
- Candidate Handbook (provides exam fees, locations and dates, and a description of the exams)
- Orientation Resource (provides sample questions and advice on preparing for the exams)