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PCE Administrations Postponed due to COVID-19

In response to domestic and international COVID-19 containment measures, CAPR has made the decision to postpone the administrations of the Written Component of the PCE scheduled for May 4, 2020, and July 11, 2020, and the administration of the Clinical Component of the PCE scheduled for June 6, 2020. New dates for all three examinations will be announced in the coming weeks.

We recognize the immense impact of these postponements on PCE candidates. However, as an organization, we take seriously our responsibility to protect the public and to act as a good corporate citizen. During this critical window of time, we feel we must heed the unanimous advice of public health officials and do our part to flatten the curve of COVID‑19.

Candidates who are registered for any of the affected exam administrations will retain their spots in the rescheduled exam administrations, ensuring these candidates have priority access to the next available exam dates. CAPR is monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic diligently and is committed to rescheduling these exams at the earliest opportunity to minimize further negative impacts on the physiotherapy community.

Please note that we are unable to accept transfers from the postponed exam administrations to future exam dates at this time, as we cannot guarantee that future 2020 exam dates will proceed as scheduled. Candidates who wish to transfer once the new exam schedule is announced may do so free of charge.

Candidates who wish to withdraw entirely may do so free of charge. However, candidates who withdraw will not maintain their priority placement in the rescheduled exams. Please understand that CAPR is unable to compensate candidates for any travel‑related expenses that may be incurred as a result of the decision to withdraw from the exam. We advise candidates to contact travel vendors regarding their policies as part of the decision-making process.

To withdraw from the postponed administrations of the Written Components or Clinical Component, please email your request to: csc_exams@alliancept.org

If you have additional questions or concerns regarding the postponement of the May 4 Written Component, July 11 Written Component or June 6 Clinical Component, please contact our exam team at: csc_exams@alliancept.org

CAPR will provide regular updates regarding rescheduled exam dates on our website and Facebook page, and via email to registered candidates.

We thank all our stakeholders for your continued patience as we navigate these exceptional times.

 

FAQ — PCE Postponements due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Q. Do I need to reschedule to another exam date?

A. You do not need to reschedule to another exam. All affected exams are postponed to a future date and will go ahead at the earliest opportunity. If you are registered for one of the postponed exams, you will have a reserved spot in the rescheduled exam date. You will retain that reserved spot by remaining registered for the exam. You may withdraw if you no longer want to take an exam.

 

Q.Will I be charged to withdraw from one of the affected exams?

A. No. Any candidate registered for the affected exam administrations can withdraw free of charge. Please be advised, however, that you will lose your priority access to the next available exam date if you withdraw from one of the postponed exams.

 

Q. When will CAPR announce the new exam dates?

A. We will announce the new exam dates as soon as possible. At this time it is not possible to reschedule the exams due to travel bans, states of emergency and bans on gatherings which do not currently have an end date. The COVID-19 pandemic is developing daily. We are monitoring developments and public health recommendations diligently, and we will confirm new dates as soon as it is prudent to do so.

 

Q.Why can’t CAPR offer the PCE via remote proctoring?

A. Thank you for the suggestion. We are exploring all options. At this time, we do not have the infrastructure in place to support remote proctoring of the PCE in a way that would maintain the security, integrity and validity of the exam.

 

Q. How does the postponement of the exams affect my licensing?

A. Please contact your provincial regulator/college regarding all licensing questions. Regulators are doing their best during this time to respond to the changing circumstances. Please be patient.

 

Q. Are file reviews, administrative reconsiderations, and other requests still being processed at this time?

A. Yes. CAPR remains operational and continues to provide these additional services. In response to public health recommendations, we are encouraging our staff to practice social distancing and to work remotely if possible. This may result in slower processing times and longer than normal response times. Each member of our team is doing everything possible to continue to deliver services to our clients.

 

Q. What if I have an urgent question or request and no one from CAPR is responding to my calls or emails?

A.Please rest assured that we understand the anxiety you may be feeling during this time. Candidates will not be penalized in any way for the slower response and processing times CAPR is experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please be patient with us during this time—our highest priority is to support you by continuing to deliver our services.

 

Q. How will CAPR manage capacity and test appointment availability for dates after the postponement period?  

A. CAPR will work closely with our third‑party exam administrator Prometric to ensure all registered candidates have a space in the appropriate rescheduled exam. While Prometric is currently navigating its own response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Prometric has expressed its commitment to working in collaboration with CAPR to ensure all postponed exams are rescheduled at the earliest possible opportunity and in sites that can manage the expected capacity.

 

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