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Exam Registration Guide


2020 Exam Registration Guide
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The Registration Guide contains the registration and application procedures governing the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE).

The guide also contains information about:

  • Rescheduling exam dates (when available)
  • Exam sites and site assignments
  • Changing exam sites (when available)
  • Withdrawing from the exam
  • Requesting Alternative Accommodations
  • Requesting a Verification Request Form
  • Changing your personal information
  • Exam day procedures
  • Illness and other extraordinary circumstances on/before exam day
  • Additional exam-related administrative services offered by CAPR

The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) reserves the right to change these policies and procedures without prior notice. For additional information about the PCE, please refer to the latest version of the PCE Exam Policy Guide.


Registration Update: Adjusted 2020 PCE Administration Schedule

CAPR is moving forward with plans to implement the adjusted PCE schedule announced on May 4, 2020. While the COVID-19 pandemic remains an evolving and uncertain situation in many jurisdictions, CAPR recognizes the importance of providing PCE candidates with some idea of when they will be able to complete their entry-to-practice examinations.

The below tables provide the details of our adjusted exam schedule. This schedule is still subject to change based on federal and provincial health directives. We are committed to staying informed about all pandemic-related barriers to candidate participation and will strive to ensure fair and equitable access to all upcoming examinations. Our team has been working diligently over the past three months to develop alternative administration options—such as remote proctoring—which will provide candidates with a safe, fair and valid exam experience.


Adjusted 2020 PCE Written Component Exam Dates

Original Exam Name New Exam Name Registration Status Application Deadline Tentative New Date of Administration*
May 4, 2020 WC Exam 1 CLOSED CLOSED August 29, 2020
July 11, 2020 WC Exam 2 CLOSED CLOSED September 26, 2020
August 29, 2020 WC Exam 3 OPEN Monday, July 13, 2020 October 17, 2020
November 16, 2020 WC Exam 4 OPEN Monday, September 14, 2020 November 16, 2020

* Dates, published on June 26, 2020, are subject to change.


Adjusted 2020 PCE Clinical Component Exam Dates

Original Exam Name New Exam Name Registration Status Application Deadline Tentative New Date of Administration*
June 6, 2020 CC Exam A OPEN  Friday, August 14, 2020 November 15, 2020
November 15, 2020 CC Exam B OPEN TO BE DECIDED 1st Quarter, 2021


June 2021 CC Exam C NOT YET OPEN TO BE DECIDED June 2021
November 2021 CC Exam D NOT YET OPEN TO BE DECIDED November 2021

* Dates, published on June 26, 2020, are subject to change.

Exam Registration

At this time, candidates may register for any Written Component or Clinical Component administration with an OPEN registration status. If you have already registered for one of these exams, you will be automatically transferred to the corresponding new exam date for your chosen exam. Please see the tables above for reference.

If the new exam date is unsuitable for any reason, you may transfer to any alternative exam date with an OPEN registration status, free of charge. All registered candidates may choose to withdraw free of charge.

Exam Scheduling

It is currently not possible to schedule or reschedule your exam through Prometric. This applies both to exams being scheduled in physical test centres and through remote proctoring. We are currently working with Prometric to confirm capacity in test centres and implement the remote proctoring option. All registered candidates will be contacted about the scheduling process well ahead of their exam date.

Exam Eligibility

Candidates registered for Written Component (WC) Exams 1, 2 or 3 are eligible to register for Clinical Component (CC) Exams A, B, C and D. Candidates registered for Written Component (WC) Exam 4 are eligible to register for Clinical Component (CC) Exams B, C and D. To ensure all candidates who had planned to challenge the Clinical Component in 2020 have an opportunity to do so at the earliest possible date, candidates who fail CC Exam A will not be eligible to register for CC Exam B. Unsuccessful CC Exam A candidates may register for CC Exam C and CC Exam D.

Examination Blueprint

CAPR has made the difficult decision to delay the launch of the new examination blueprint until 2021. We expect the launch to occur in May 2021 for the Written Component and June 2021 for the Clinical Component. While we regret the delay of this important launch, we have been unable to safely and effectively execute critical standard-setting exercises during the pandemic. The delay of the launch will not impact the content, format or integrity of the PCE. The current (2009) blueprint is available on our website for candidate review.


We have included an FAQ below that we hope will address your important questions about the adjusted administration schedule. If you have additional concerns at this time, please contact our team directly:

Download the FAQ


Application Requirements and Deadlines

Applicants must submit a signed and fully completed application form for each exam component, along with payment, by the stated application deadlines to:

Exam Program – Applications
Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators
Suite 501, 1243 Islington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M8X 1Y9


      • All applications must be received in the CAPR office by the application deadline. *
      • Applications received after the application deadline* WILL NOT be accepted.
      • Applications for written and clinical exam components may be submitted at the same time.  Whenever possible, CAPR encourages you to send both your Written and Clinical Component applications to our office at the same time.
      • You are responsible for making sure that the application form is complete correctly.
        • Errors in the completion of the official application may result in a returned application.
      • CAPR does not accept photocopied, faxed or emailed applications.
      •  You must include one passport sized/quality photograph [signed and dated on the back] taken with 6 months of applying for the PCE. Please do not directly attach the photo to the application form. The Declaration of Identity Form is no longer required.
      • It is extremely important that the name on your valid piece of photo identification matches the name you provide on your official application.
        • Staff at the exam site will verify the name provided to them by CAPR against the identification provided by you. If the names do not match, the site reserves the right to deny you entry into the exam. This would result in you losing your entire exam fee.
      • You may not register for more than one administration of each component at a time.
      • You must wait for your results to be released prior to re-applying for the same component.
      • You are encouraged to mail your application(s) via a trackable mailing service, for example, Registered Mail or Courier. This will allow you to track your personal package.

Exam Fees and Payment Information

Payment must be in Canadian funds for the full amount and must be submitted with the application.  Payment can be by certified cheque, money order or credit card.


All payments must be made payable to “Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators.”

Exam Fees

Component 2020 Exam Fee 2021 Exam Fee
Written Component
(Qualifying Exam)
$1,002.00 TO BE DECIDED
Clinical Component
(Physiotherapy National Exam)
$1,813.00 TO BE DECIDED
Total $2,815.00 TO BE DECIDED

Payment by Credit Card

You can pay your fees by credit card. CAPR accepts the following major credit cards only – VISA and MasterCard. Please visit for information on paying by credit card. Complete the credit card section of the application form to authorize credit card payment.

Use of Bank Drafts

While we do accept bank drafts as a method of payment, it is important to remember that we will only accept bank drafts that are negotiable without charge in Canada. If your bank draft cannot be drawn on a Canadian bank, we will not be able to accept your application. To avoid delays, please ensure your payment meets CAPR’s requirements, and that any bank drafts submitted can be drawn from a Canadian bank.

The bank must issue drafts with Magnetic Ink Character Recognition Code.

Payment from Outside Canada

If you choose to pay by credit card (debit credit cards are not accepted) and are applying from outside of Canada, CAPR strongly recommends that you contact your credit card company to notify them of the pending charge. Companies are becoming more rigorous about their anti-fraud measures and some will reject a transaction from a foreign company if they are not aware of it ahead of time. As many credit card companies do not communicate the reason for rejecting transactions to us, this will result in you being charged an additional $75.00 fee for rejected payments.

Please note that CAPR is not able to guarantee a specific payment processing date or a payment processing date range. If your credit card company requires that information to authorize the transaction, we recommend that you choose one of the other acceptable methods of payment for your application.

International candidates who send their documents with a bank draft, the draft needs to be drawn on a Canadian Bank and must be security encrypted; otherwise the draft will be sent for manual collections which will take around 25 business days or more and will incur bank charges.

Invalid or Rejected Credit Cards

If your credit card is invalid or rejected, we will consider your registration incomplete. We will send you an email to explain your payment options. As many credit card companies do not communicate the reason for rejecting transactions to us, this will result in you being charged an additional $75.00 fee for rejected payments.

You will not be eligible to register for the exam unless we receive payment by the date outlined on the notice we send to you.

Official Receipts

Official receipts for fees will be mailed to candidates with their exam results.


For complete, current registration instructions and procedures, please download the PCE Registration Guide.