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News Release — CAPR Cancels 2020 Clinical Exams

The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR), which conducts exams on behalf of Canada’s physiotherapy regulators, will not be holding clinical examinations in 2020 because of Covid-19.

The board of CAPR made the decision on Wednesday, September 23 to cancel attempts to hold the Clinical Component of the exam this November.

CAPR is working to develop a “pandemic-proof” alternative way to test the clinical skills of physiotherapist candidates in 2021 that does not leave them, and CAPR, dependent on outside organizations, contractors, or facilities. All practical options are under consideration.

Neither CAPR nor the physiotherapy regulatory bodies own or control the facilities at which the clinical exams are held, nor do they employ the staff or standardized patients required to manage and deliver the traditional ‘hands-on’ exam. Those facilities and services must be contracted out in cities across Canada, and the resurgence of Covid-19 is shutting down access across the country.

The physiotherapy regulator in each jurisdiction is subject to the laws and regulations of the province or territory in which they are established, and that is the determinant of whether candidates who have not yet passed the Clinical Component are permitted to practice physiotherapy under supervision.

“We very much regret the difficulties the November cancellation will cause, and all our efforts are now directed to delivering a clinical exam in 2021. Covid-19 has disrupted the way everyone in the world conducts themselves, and our profession is not exempt from that disruption,” notes Katya Masnyk, CEO of the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators.

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