Assessment of Educational Credentials and Qualifications (Credentialling) Overview

Credentialling is the process of evaluating documentary evidence that an applicant provides to determine if his or her qualifications are not substantially different from the established or published standard in the receiving country or jurisdiction.

Credentialling aims to prepare an objective analytical report that describes the educational credentials of internationally educated applicants by interpreting those credentials in terms of Canadian equivalents.

In Canada, physiotherapists are licensed or registered to practice by provincial/territorial regulatory colleges (regulators). Except for Québec, all provincial regulators and the regulator in Yukon Territory require internationally educated applicants to complete The Alliance's mandatory Credentialling process before taking the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE).

L'ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec conducts its credentialling assessments for applicants seeking to work in Québec.

Graduates of Canadian physiotherapy programs do not need to complete an Educational Credential and Qualification Assessment to take the PCE.

If you are currently enrolled in or have graduated from a university degree program outside of Canada, you are an internationally educated applicant. This includes Canadian citizens who have studied abroad. All internationally educated applicants must apply for credentialling and ask that we assess their credentials and qualifications to confirm their eligibility to apply for the PCE.

The Alliance Credentialling and Examination processes do not give an individual the right to practice or register as a physiotherapist in Canada. Each regulator may have additional registration requirements. You can find full information on registration requirements in a province or territory by contacting the regulator in the province/territory you will be working in.