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FAQ: 2021 Clinical Component Exam Update – What does this mean for you?

I registered for the Clinical Competency Exam and just heard that it’s cancelled. What happened?

The COVID-19 global pandemic created challenges for most Canadians, including credentialling organizations, and more importantly, those candidates awaiting clinical exams to earn their license to practice. The Physiotherapy profession in Canada is among many clinical professions facing this challenge.

After considerable thought and deliberation, we cannot deliver a clinical exam at this time.  The Regulators will consider their next steps for licensing decision and will let each candidate know how they should proceed.

In seeking a way forward, we need to balance candidates’ needs and experiences with our organizational mandate and responsibilities to the profession.

When will I hear from CAPR?

Every candidate registered for exam windows 1-5 have been sent a cancellation email.
If you did not receive your email, please check your Spam box.

Will I receive a refund from CAPR?

Candidates will receive an email today (September 21) asking them to provide their banking information in order to receive their refund by Electronic Funds Transfer (direct deposit). The deadline for responses is September 27 in order to receive a refund by September 30. Candidates should check their inbox and their junk mail folders for this email. Candidates who do not receive the email should contact

What do I do next?

All candidates are asked to contact their provincial Regulators about next steps. The Regulators will consider the next steps for licensing and will let each candidate know how they should proceed.

Will CAPR start in-person Clinical Competency Exams again?

Yes, however, the pandemic has placed limitations on when, and how, we can restart in-person clinical exams. There is no easy answer, especially in light of the incredible degree of uncertainty that surrounds us.  Like you, we hope to start these again sometime in the new year.

Can I register for the next time CAPR runs Clinical Competency Exams?

We are not accepting any Clinical Competency Exam registrations currently. CAPR leadership is waiting for direction from the Board of Directors about the potential future return to face-to-face Clinical Competency Exams. We will post on the Weekly Update page when we have more information to share.

Are the written exams also cancelled?

No, all written exams will continue to be delivered online. The decision to discontinue virtual clinical component exams has no impact on the delivery of the written component.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

We are doing our best to answer all of your questions, understanding the uncertainty and strain of not having all the answers in the moment. Our intention is to keep you informed as quickly as possible through our website.

What if I already completed my virtual clinical competency exam with CAPR?

For those candidates who have already completed the exam in the first 3 administrations, CAPR will forward your existing exam data to Regulators.
Regulators will make registration decisions in keeping with their own policies.    Please be in touch with your regulator to learn more about registration/licensure decisions.