The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) announced on January 12, 2022 the discontinuation of the Clinical Component of the Physiotherapy Competency Exam. To view the full announcement, please click here. CAPR will no longer be administering the Clinical Component either virtually or in person in its current form. However, CAPR will be recruiting members to join an Expert Panel which will help design the future of their evaluation services.
What does this mean for physiotherapy Exam Candidates in Manitoba?
The College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba (CPM) will continue with the alternative licensing plan that was laid out by the Board of Assessors in October 2021. Physiotherapists on the Examination Candidate Register will be invited to apply for Active Practice using Regulation 4 (2) which recognizes prior learning and experience of Examination Candidates. The Exam Candidate must meet all of the criteria listed below:
- The Examination Candidate has no current, unresolved complaint(s) against them.
- They have been on the Examination Candidate Register in Manitoba for a minimum of 12 consecutive months with no attempts at the Clinical Component of the PCE OR have been on the Examination Candidate Register for a minimum of 18 months and have had one failed attempt at the Clinical Component of the PCE.
- They have practiced a minimum of 1200 clinical hours in physiotherapy within the last year (e.g., from November 2020 to November 2021) and can show proof of these hours to CPM.
- They have an Assessment of Clinical Practice (ACP) evaluation form on file with CPM which has been completed by their supervisor within the last 6 months.
The Board of Assessors may request additional information from the Examination Candidate or the Supervisor when considering applications for the Active Practice Register.
What does this mean for people not currently registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba who may have passed the Written Examination in the past but have not successfully passed or completed the Clinical Component of the Examination?
The College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba is aware that there are a number of people who are former Examination Candidates or possibly have never registered with CPM, who are asking about the impact on them, due to the cancellation of the Clinical Component. The Board of Assessors, which is the CPM registration committee, will be meeting soon and will be discussing if there are options for these people and what those options would be.
Once a decision has been made, we will communicate this information by email or by our website. If you are not currently registered with the College and are seeking information on an alternative process, please contact us so that we have your information on file.