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The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators

The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) is a pan-Canadian federation of provincial and territorial organizations (usually called Colleges) that regulate the practice of physiotherapy in Canada. Our core business is the administration of Evaluation Services on behalf of our Members.

CAPR’s Evaluation Services include credentialling and competency assessment: we review the education and qualifications of internationally-educated applicants 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 Written Component of the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE) to determine a candidate’s readiness for safe, effective and independent physiotherapy practice.

CAPR is no longer administering the clinical exam virtually or in-person for the foreseeable future. If you have passed the written exam, contact your regulator for details about the process they require for you to become fully licensed

In addition, CAPR supports its member organizations through the provision of knowledge brokering and policy services for the advancement of regulatory standards of physiotherapy practice. CAPR develops regulatory policy positions on issues of importance to Members that are best addressed at a pan-Canadian level, as well as serves as a collective regulatory voice with governments and other external stakeholders. On behalf of the Members, CAPR collaborates with other organizations on projects with national and international scope related to the regulation of physiotherapy. We do this work in support of the public interest.


Our Role

   CAPR Does:    CAPR Doesn’t:
  • Administer the Written Component of the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE) on behalf of most provincial/territorial regulators.


  • Coordinate a pan-Canadian network of practicing physiotherapists who develop the questions that appear on the components of the PCE.


  • Build unique exams based on a bank with thousands of questions and scenarios, led by CAPR’s Physiotherapist Advisor and Lead Psychometrician.


  • Assess the credentials of internationally-educated physiotherapists on behalf of provincial/territorial regulators.


  • Collaborate continually with all 11 physiotherapy regulators across Canada.


  • Facilitate collaboration across the Canadian physiotherapy community, which supports labour mobility and uniform ethical and professional standards.
  • Issue, suspend or reinstate licences.
    • Provincial/territorial regulators have the sole authority to issue licences.
  • Set or waive entry-to-practice licensing requirements.
    • Licensing standards, such as practical competency exams, are set by provincial/territorial regulators in accordance with legislation governing regulated professions.


  • Own exam administration sites.
    • CAPR contracts the specialized sites where we hold exams and has no authority regarding availability or closures.


  • Employ standardized patients/clients.
    • CAPR contracts professionals who are experienced and trained in health-care simulation.


  • Have authority over regulators.
    • CAPR was created by provincial/territorial regulators to act as a service provider and shared resource.



To support the physiotherapy community in protecting the public


Every physiotherapist is a competent and ethical physiotherapist


Serving the public interest





Good governance

PDF version of CAPR Strategic Framework 2018-2022