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Important Update: PCE Clinical Component

Since the cancellation of the March 2021 Clinical Component, the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR)and its Regulator members have considered a path forward for future exams that balances the need to ensure public safety and maintain the integrity of the physiotherapy profession while addressing the needs of physiotherapy candidates to the extent that this is possible.

The CAPR Board of Directors has made the decision to cancel all administrations of the Clinical Component in 2021 as they are currently scheduled. We cannot yet relaunch the virtual version of the exam, and it is not possible to deliver an in-person exam at this time due to the third wave of the pandemic moving across Canada. Clinical Component administrations will be rescheduled working with local partners in each region of the country to deliver more frequent, smaller exam administrations, both in person and online, rather than proceed with the four large, online administrations planned. The new administration dates have not yet been announced. CAPR will provide further details as they are available.

We acknowledge the continued disruption to the lives of the physiotherapy candidates affected.

We plan to reschedule all registered candidates into smaller, more frequent, virtual or in-person sessions, which will take place starting in the late summer or early autumn. Candidates will be given at least two months notice in advance of proposed exam dates, and exam registration processes will allow for as much candidate choice as possible in delivery model, within the constraints of partner capacity, local conditions and respecting fair and transparent prioritization (‘place in line’).

As part of this multi-pronged approach, CAPR plans to:

  • Continue to use the twelve-station Clinical Component developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (the ‘COVID Clinical’) that allows for assessment using either an online approach or an in‑person touchless approach.
  • Deliver the virtual Clinical Component in small groups using an updated version of the Education Management Solutions (EMS) platform or other proven, zoom-based technology in existing centres around the country;
  • Partner with universities and clinics or use other locations to run small, pandemic-safe, face-to-face exams wherever possible, in compliance with infection control practices, the use of appropriate PPE and taking into account local public health restrictions.
  • Return to our traditional, larger-scale, face-to-face administrations of the Clinical Component as soon as the lifting of pandemic restrictions allow.

Planning and development of this approach and implementation steps have already begun. Operational decisions regarding exam dates and registration procedures will be announced as they are finalized.

This plan supports a single, national standard of licensure across the country and complies with the principles of fairness and labour mobility. Our goal is to provide regulators – who make licensing decisions – with a path forward to continue to treat Internationally-educated and Canadian-educated candidates in an equitable manner, supporting our ongoing commitment to fair registration practices.

We would like to thank candidates for their patience and commend them on their perseverance. Together we will make it through to brighter times.

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