2.2 Language Proficiency Policy

Date Approved:  September 14, 2012

Date Effective:  April 4, 2013

Date Revised:  December 13, 2018

Scope: This policy applies to all internationally-educated physiotherapists applying to the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulator’s credentialling process.

Principles: As part of CAPR’s obligation to maintain high standards of quality and safety in physiotherapy practice, all internationally-trained physiotherapists must demonstrate proficiency in English or French as part of the credentialling process. This will ensure that physiotherapists licenced by CAPR’s members will have the language skills necessary to conduct their practice safely and effectively.

Purpose: To clarify the language standards required by CAPR to demonstrate minimum language proficiency.

CAPR encourages all applicants to check with their regional regulatory organization as each organization may have different language requirements.

Policy:

  1. To become licensed or registered, an applicant must be fluent in either English or French. If they completed their entry-to-practice physiotherapy education (both classroom and clinical portions) in Australia, United States of America, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or France they do not need to complete a language proficiency test. If they completed their entire primary and secondary school education in Canada, they do not need to complete a language proficiency test.
  2. Applicants from other international jurisdictions must complete all four components (writing, speaking, listening and reading) of one of the following language proficiency tests:

Written evidence of completion of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) based on the minimum scores in the following table.

Minimum Required Scores:

TOEFL Component – Internet-Based Test (iBT) Minimum Score
Listening 21
Structure/Writing 21
Reading 21
Speaking Test 21
Overall Score (not cumulative) 92

 

OR

An average score on the CanTEST (standardized English proficiency test administered by University of Ottawa in Canada) of at least 4, with no component lower than 4, plus an oral interview rating of at least 4.5.

OR

An overall score of at least 7 on the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The test must include all components: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

OR

An average score on the TESTCan (standardized French proficiency test administered by University of Ottawa in Canada) of at least 4, with no component lower than 4, plus an oral interview rating of at least 4.5.

3. All scores, total scores and component scores, must meet minimum requirements in one sitting. Scores from multiples sittings cannot be combined to meet the language requirement.

4. The language testing agency must submit the official language scores directly to CAPR within two years of the test date. If CAPR receives an official language test result before an application, the test results must still be valid (i.e. less than two years old) at the time the application is received.

5. CAPR can begin credentialling assessments before receiving proof of language proficiency in English or French, but cannot complete the assessment or distribute the Final Results Letter until proof of language proficiency has been provided.