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Examiner FAQs

1. How do I apply to be an Examiner?

An application form is available on the CAPR website. Please read about Examiner Eligibility, Examiner Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest prior to applying. If you meet the requirements, we encourage you to apply to be an Examiner for the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE).

Please note that you are required to disclose any real or perceived conflicts of interest (e.g., familiarity with potential candidates) at the time of your application.


2. How many Clinical Component exams take place in a year?

Prior to COVID-19, two clinical exams typically took place in a year — one in June and one in November. The June exam was typically held on a Saturday and the November exam was typically held on a Sunday.

NEW for 2021: Four clinical exams will take place in a virtual environment. Exams will take place in March, June, August and November. Please review current exam dates for more information.

The virtual Clinical Component will be delivered over two days. Candidates will complete six 10-minute stations on the Saturday of the administration and six 5-minute stations on the Sunday of the administration. For more information about the 2021 Clinical Component, please visit our webpage here.


3. What are the duties of an Examiner?

As an Examiner, you will observe the performance of candidates in clinical stations, record your observations on standardized test sheets and indicate whether the performance of the candidate is satisfactory or unsatisfactory based on CAPR’s listed requirements.

As an Examiner, you will not decide whether a candidate passes or fails a station or the exam. The Board of examiners makes the pass/fail decisions. For more information, please refer to the roles and responsibilities of an Examiner.


4. How are Examiners selected and confirmed for an exam?

The Chief Examiner (CE) for each exam site is sent a list of eligible physiotherapists from CAPR’s Examinations Program staff. The CE selects Examiners based on station requirements and candidate capacity for each exam. An on-site spare Examiner is selected for each site.


5. Are examiners provided with training prior to exam day?

Yes. You will be provided with examiner training. The training is in a webinar format. Once you have been selected and confirmed for an exam, you will be informed of the webinar training dates. CAPR usually offers two webinars prior to each exam. Experienced examiners are required to participate in re-training if it has been more than three years since their previous training session.

NEW for 2021: all examiners will be required to participate in a Pre-Exam Examiner Training (PEET) webinar prior to exam day.

All examiners will be required to complete training on the virtual platform, as well as an additional training session within 24 hours of the exam, when CAPR will provide a detailed orientation to the station scenarios.

CAPR anticipates that training for the 2021 virtual exams will require a minimum of 3 hours.


6. How long is an exam day?

A typical exam day is from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

In the virtual environment, each exam day is approximately 5-7 hours.


7. What is the honorarium for Examiners?

Examiners and spare examiners will receive an honorarium of $40.00 per hour.


8. Will people be able to contact me at the exam site on exam day?

People should only contact you on exam day in the event of an emergency.  Electronic devices on exam day is prohibited for all examiners, standardized clients and candidates.

9. Is there a dress code for Examiners on exam day?

Examiners are encouraged to wear comfortable, professional clothing.  Although the exam will be delivered virtually, CAPR aims to provide a professional atmosphere during the examination. In most cases examiners may not be seen on the virtual platform, once your case has been allocated to you, you will know if you are required to appear on screen.


10. What does an Examiner do once they arrive at their exam station?

Typically, when an Examiner arrives at their assigned exam station, they would:

  • count the test sheets in the folder and ensure that this number matches the number indicated on the front of the folder
  • read the “Candidate Instructions”
  • read the “Notes for Examiner” and the “Safety and Unprofessional Flags” on the test sheets
  • read any additional inserts included (e.g., diagrams, exercises, etc.)
  • get acquainted with the props for the station
  • conduct the mandatory dry-run with the Standardized Client and complete the dry-run form.

In the virtual environment being used in 2021, an Examiner will:

  • read the “Candidate Instructions”
  • read the “Notes for Examiner” and the “Safety and Unprofessional Flags” on the test sheets
  • read any additional inserts included (e.g., diagrams, exercises, etc.)
  • get acquainted with the props for the station, if any
  • conduct the mandatory dry-run with the Standardized Client, and complete the dry-run form


11. If there is an incident on exam day, whom do I contact?

If you experience an incident on exam day, you should contact the Chief Examiner (CE) or Assistant Chief Examiner (ACE). The CE or ACE will document the incident in detail. Please complete an Incident Report Form and have the CE sign off.


12. Confidentiality and Security of Test Material

The Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE) faces multiple security issues. CAPR works diligently to eliminate such issues, which would cause unfair advantages among candidates and incur high human and financial costs involved in replacing examination materials should security be breached.

All examination materials are protected by copyright. CAPR has stringent security measures in place to protect all items of exam material during all phases of development and execution including: development and review of material reproduction, transportation and disposal of examination materials and presentation of material on exam day.

Receiving or giving information about the clinical stations used in the Physiotherapy Competency Exam either before or after the examination is not allowed. Debriefing increases the understanding of examination stations. Information gained in debriefing can be used by unsuccessful candidates to gain an unfair advantage in future examinations. Confidentiality of station information should be considered in the same way as confidentiality of patient information: the duty to maintain confidentiality never ends.

Please note that these confidentiality and security measures apply to Examiners as well as candidates.


13. How do I provide station, exam or exam day feedback?

Your feedback as an Examiner is essential to CAPR’s examination quality assurance program. Please provide specific feedback about stations on the Feedback Form provided in your registration envelope.* CAPR shares this feedback with the Clinical Development Test Group during the station review process.

Examiners can also provide feedback about examination logistics, training, etc., online, using the survey link that we will email to you after the exam.

*Forms will be provided online in the virtual environment.