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PCE Examiner FAQs

How do I apply to be an examiner or written station marker?
CAPR has made available an examiner application form on CAPR website. Examiners are requested to read the Examiner Eligibility as well as Examiner confidentiality and conflict of interest form and if they meet the requirements are encouraged to apply to be an examiner for the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE).

How many clinical exams are there in a year?
There are two clinical exams in a year. One in June and one in November. The June exam is on a Saturday and the November exam is on Sunday. Check the exam dates for more information.

What are the duties of an examiner?
Examiners observe the performance of the candidates in clinical stations, record their observations on standardized test sheets and make decisions about whether the performance is satisfactory or unsatisfactory.

Examiners do 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.

How are examiners selected and confirmed for an exam?
The Chief Examiner for an exam site selects the examiners for each station, from a list of examiners who have applied and are eligible to examine.

The Physiotherapy Advisor for CAPR selects examiners for written station marking.

Are examiners provided with training prior to exam day?
Yes. All examiners will be provided with examiner training. The training is in a webinar format. Once examiners are selected and confirmed for an exam they will be informed of the webinar training dates. CAPR offers three webinars prior to each exam.

  1. New examiners are required to participate in an Pre-Exam Examiner Training (PEET) webinar prior to exam day.
  2. Experienced examiners will be required to participate in re-training if the previous training session was more than 3 years ago.

How long is an exam day?
A typical exam day is from 7:00 am-6:00 pm (all day approximately).

What is the honorarium for an examination?
The honorarium for full day examiner is $500.00

  1. The honorarium for onsite spare examiner is $300.00 (will be released by 3.00pm by the Chief Examiner)
  2. The honorarium for an oncall spare examiner is $40.00 (on call till 10.00am on exam day)

Will I be able to leave the exam floor during lunch?
Examiners once signed in for an exam cannot leave the exam floor for lunch. Examiners will be signed out after the exam and once all test sheets for the station are accounted for.

What can examiners bring and not bring to an exam?
All examiners and written station markers can bring the following items to an exam:

  1. Wallet
  2. Small handbags
  3. Personal hygiene items
  4. Small cushion

CAPR reserves the right to visually check small handbags.

CAPR and exam site will not permit the following items in an exam room:

  1. Large handbags
  2. Tote bags
  3. Winter coats
  4. All electronic devices (cellphones, iPads, and digital or analog watches)
  5. Backpacks
  6. Food
  7. Coffee mugs, water bottles or travel mugs

If examiners have any of these items registration staff will place the item in a Ziploc bag. Staff will use CAPR Ziploc labels provided and hold examiner belongings in the secure registration area until the end of the exam.

In the event of an emergency, you can ask people to contact you at the site exam day number. Please use this for true emergencies only.

Will examiners be provided with meals on exam day?
All examiners will be provided with breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack on exam and written station marking day.

Is there a dress code for examiners on exam day?
Examiners are encouraged to wear comfortable professional clothes. Examiners are requested to dress in layers as exams are conducted in hospitals or exam centres and the exam site cannot control the temperature in each exam room. CAPR aims to provide a professional atmosphere during the examination.

What does an examiner do once they arrive at the exam station?
Once an examiner arrives at the exam station they are examining, they are requested to do the following:

  1. Check the examiner folder and count the test sheets to ensure the number of test sheets in the folder match the number on the label
  2. Examiners read the ‘candidate instructions’
  3. Examiners read the ‘notes for examiner’ and ‘safety and unprofessional flags’ on test sheets.
  4. If the examiner folder has any additional inserts – diagrams, exercises etc.
  5. Acquaint themselves on the props for the station.
  6. The examiner then conducts a dry run with the Standardized client.

What if there is an incident on exam day, who do I contact?
If an examiner experiences an incident on exam day, the examiner contacts Hall staff to contact the Chief Examiner (CE) or Assistant Chief Examiner (ACE). The CE or ACE will document the incident in detail.

Confidentiality and Security of Test Material
The security issues for licensure exams such as the Physiotherapy Competency Exam include eliminating unfair advantages among the candidates and also avoiding the high human and financial costs of replacing examination materials should security be breached. CAPR endeavors to maintain the strictest security of the content of the examination before, during and after the examination.

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 have 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.

How do I provide station or exam day or written station marking day feedback?
Your feedback as an examiner is essential for the examination quality assurance program. Please provide specific feedback on station questions on the feedback form provided in your registration envelope. We share this feedback with the Clinical Development Test Group during the station review process.

You can provide feedback on examination logistics, training etc., online using the survey link that we will send to your email address after the exam or written station marking process is finished.