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About CAPR

The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) is a credentialling and assessment agency that provides evaluation services on behalf of our Members – the Canadian provincial and territorial physiotherapy regulators (called Colleges). On behalf of our Members, we review the education and qualifications of applicants educated outside of Canada to determine whether or not they are substantially different from those of Canadian-educated physiotherapists. For both Canadian and internationally-educated physiotherapists, we administer the Physiotherapy Competency Examination to determine their readiness for safe, effective and independent physiotherapy practice.

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Cost Estimator

The cost estimator is an interactive calculator designed to help you better understand the specific fees you may experience in the credentialling and exam processes. Check it out for yourself!

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Becoming Credentialled

Becoming Credentialled

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  • Credentialling Guide Credentialling Guide

    If you have completed your physiotherapy education outside of Canada, you will need to have your credentials assessed before writing the PCE. Make sure to read the Credentialling Process Guide for further information on the steps involved.

  • Self Assessment Readiness Tool (SART) Self Assessment Readiness Tool (SART)

    The practice of physiotherapy varies in different parts of the world. If you're an internationally-educated physiotherapists interested in practising in Canada we strongly encourage you to make use of the "Self Assessment Readiness Tool" before applying.

Taking the Exam

Taking the Exam

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Exam Dates

To become a licensed physiotherapist in Canada (except for Quebec) you must successfully complete the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE) before they are eligible to obtain an independent licence to practise in Canada. Click here to learn more about the format of the PCE, as well as the associated costs and typical overall timeline.

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Licensure

Licensure

Licensure Overview

“Physiotherapy”, also known as “physical therapy” is a regulated profession in Canada. That means by law, you are required to be licenced to practise. The responsibility for licensing physiotherapists is held by provincial and territorial Regulatory Colleges.

Once you have successfully completed both the Written and Clinical Components of the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE), you may apply to a provincial Regulatory Colleges for an independent (full) licence to practise. While Regulatory Colleges have many similar requirements, each jurisdiction may have variations or unique conditions for licensure. Additional licensing and registration fees will also apply. For more information, contact the Regulatory Colleges in the province or territory you plan on practising in.

Licensure in Quebec

The Regulatory College in Quebec is called Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec or OPPQ. The OPPQ has its own process of credentialling and examining candidates who wish to practise physiotherapy in that province. It also has its own language proficiency requirements. If you would like to practise in Quebec please review the requirements detailed in the OPPQ website carefully.