Skip navigation

For COVID-19 updates from our Exams and Credentialling programs, click here.

Alternative Accommodations

When appropriate, we may be able to make alternative accessible arrangements available to candidates who have documented needs.

If you wish to request alternative accommodations for a physical, cognitive or other documented need, please submit an Alternative Accommodations Request Form when you apply for the exam. This includes any medication you want to bring into the exam. We must receive appropriate supporting documentation (such as educational assessment, doctor’s letter, etc.) with your application. See below for information about supporting documentation.  We consider requests for alternative accommodations on a case-by-case basis. We try our best to assign exam site locations from your requested choices; however, not all sites can meet accommodation requests or the number of requests for any given exam. It may not be possible to grant exam location requests and meet the requirements of the accommodation.

Requests for accommodation(s) must be submitted 30 business days before the written exam and 65 business days before the clinical exam with all the required forms and documentation. We may accept applications up to 5 business days before the examination date in exceptional circumstances, such as in the event of an accident. Failure to adhere to the following documentation guidelines may result in having your request for accommodations declined.

CAPR will respond to all requests for alternative accommodation in writing.

By requesting alternative accommodations, you agree that CAPR may disclose your name and the accommodation provided to you to physiotherapy regulators.


Instructions for applying for alternative accommodations:

Note: You must submit a new Alternative Accommodations Request Form for any exam for which you register.

  • Complete all sections of the Alternative Accommodations Request Form:
    • section A – requires information about your impairment or condition and how it impedes your ability to complete the exam without alternative accommodation.
    • section B – requires a clear and concise description of the accommodation(s) you are requesting.
    • section C – requires information about the supporting documentation you have sent with your alternative accommodations request.
  • Please note that you must send supporting documentation with your request form.
  • Send the complete Alternative Accommodations Request Form and supporting documentation to CAPR when you submit your exam application.


General Principles of supporting documentation requirements:

  1. Documentation must include a report or letter from a regulated health professional who has the legislative authority to administer the tests or evaluations appropriate to your accommodations request.
  2. Documentation should be typed or printed on the regulated health professional’s letterhead, and include their name, title, and professional credentials. It must be dated, signed and be legible.
  3. Recommendations for accommodations must be specific and accompanied by a rationale based on objective evidence.
  4. Documentation must be recent enough to reflect your current impairment.
  5. The objective evidence should include a list of all the tests that were used to establish the diagnosis and to support the accommodation requests. Evaluation measures selected for the assessment battery should be reliable, valid and age-appropriate.
  6. In most cases, documentation should include developmental, educational and medical histories.
  7. The documentation must contain a clear statement of the impairment(s) or condition(s) and a description of functional limitations.
  8. The documentation must summarize key points, rule out alternative explanations and explain how the findings support any “substantial limitation” to participation in the written or clinical component of the PCE.
  9. Support for the requested accommodation(s) must be linked to specific assessment results.
  10. Support for extended testing time must be specifically addressed by the appropriate health professional.


Examples of Required Documentation:

Hearing Impaired:

  • Audiologist’s report

Vision Impairment:

  • Include a specialist’s report (for most people, an optometrist or ophthalmologist report)

Learning Disability:

  • Psycho-educational assessment within 5 years of the date of the exam
  • Test results should be clearly stated with all subtests noted
  • A documentation update is acceptable when an original psychometric assessment is more than 5 years old. In this case, the evaluation tests selected for the update might select only those tests and scales that illustrate the nature of the candidate’s functional limitation
  • All reports must describe tests performed after the candidate has reached 18 years of age

Physical Disabilities:

  • Report from an appropriate health care provider

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder:

  • Description of impairment(s) as related to the diagnosis as per the DSM-5
  • Report from a registered psychologist, psychiatrist or other qualified health professional
  • A complete psycho-educational or neuropsychological assessment may be required

Psychiatric Disorders:

  • Description of impairment(s) as related to the diagnosis as per the DSM-5
  • Documentation must include a report from a regulated health professional who has the legislative authority to evaluate and diagnose psychiatric conditions
  • Evaluation must be made within the last 12 months and describe the implications for the candidate undertaking the PCE and any recommendation for accommodation(s)

Autism Spectrum Disorder:

  • Report from a health care provider competent in assessing Autism Spectrum disorders

Brain Injury:

  • Report from an appropriate health care provider
  • Report must describe current impairment(s) and abilities for conditions that might change over time or where the candidate’s ability to compensate for a static condition might change over time

Dietary restrictions & allergies:

  • Report from an appropriate health care provider