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PCE Examiner FAQs

1. How do I apply to be an Examiner or Written Station Marker?

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?

Typically, two clinical exams take place in a year — one in June and one in November. The June exam is typically held on a Saturday and the November exam is typically held on a Sunday. Please review current exam dates for more information.

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 make a decision about whether the performance of the candidate is satisfactory or unsatisfactory.

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, as well as on-call spare Examiners are also selected for each site. CAPR’s Physiotherapist Advisor selects Examiners for written station marking.


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 offers two webinars prior to each exam:

  • New Examiners are required to participate in a Pre-Exam Examiner Training (PEET) webinar prior to exam day.
  • Experienced Examiners are required to participate in re-training if it had been more than three years since their previous training session.
  • All Examiners are required to complete an additional training session within 24 hours of the exam when CAPR will provide a detailed orientation to the test sheets and station scenarios.


6. How long is an exam day?

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


7. Do Examiners receive compensation?

Examiners are paid $40.00 per hour.


8. Will I be able to leave the exam floor during lunch?

No. Once you have signed in for the exam, you cannot leave the exam floor. You will be signed out after the exam, once all test sheets for your station are accounted for.


9. What personal items is an Examiner permitted to keep with them during an exam?

Examiners may keep the following items on their person during the exam:

  • Wallet and keys (inspected by site staff and kept in pocket)
  • Feminine personal hygiene items

Any additional items brought to the exam will be received by exam staff and kept in a zippered storage bag in a secure registration area for the duration of the exam. Such items include:

  • bags of any size
  • coats
  • electronic devices (cellphones, iPads and digital or analog watches)
  • food
  • coffee mugs, water bottles or travel mugs


10. Will Examiners be provided with meals on exam day?

Yes. As an Examiner or Written Station Marker, you will be provided with breakfast, a morning snack, lunch and an afternoon snack.


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

People should only contact you at the exam site on exam day in the event of an emergency. The site phone number should be used for true emergencies only.

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

Examiners are encouraged to wear comfortable, professional clothing. Consider dressing in layers, as exams are conducted in hospitals or exam centres, where the exam site cannot control the temperature in each exam room. CAPR aims to provide a professional atmosphere during the examination.


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

When you arrive at your assigned exam station, you will:

  • 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.).
  • acquaint yourself with the props for the station.
  • conduct the mandatory dry-run with the Standardized Client, and complete the dry-run form.


14. If there is an incident on exam day, who 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.


15. 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.


16. 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.