Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE) Overview

The Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE) tests whether qualified exam candidates have demonstrated a minimum standard of practice. The PCE ensures that members of the public will be safe when they interact with physiotherapists. It fairly and accurately evaluates the competencies you need to have to practise physiotherapy. Most physiotherapy regulators in Canada include passing the PCE as part of their entry-to-practice process.

The PCE tests the essential competencies of physiotherapy practice - the essential knowledge, skills and abilities. It tests history-taking, physical examination, data interpretation, clinical problem solving, treatment techniques, ethics, safety, interviewing and communication. The exam covers the core clinical practice areas: neuromusculoskeletal, neurological, cardiopulmonary-vascular and multisystem.

The PCE has two components. You must successfully complete the Written Component before you can take the Clinical Component.

Written Component (Qualifying Exam): This multiple-choice written exam tests your understanding of the principles and processes of physiotherapy practice.

Clinical Component (Physiotherapy National Exam): This objective structured clinical exam (OSCE) tests your ability to safety and effectively apply the principles and processes of physiotherapy practice.