Licensing Information

This is intended to provide information about the varying licensure pathways currently being used across Canada following the discontinuation of the CAPR PCE - clinical exam.

British Columbia

  • Previously ran virtual exams through the University of British Columbia.

  • College is currently deciding next steps after 3 successful offerings.


Alberta

  • Approved in-person exams run by the University of Alberta.

  • Next scheduled exam sitting Feb 26-27 2022.


Eligibility criteria:

  • Candidates must have been admitted to the Provisional Register between January 1, 2021, and September 13, 2021, AND

  • Been registered on the Provisional Register continuously until their attempt at the alternate exam, OR

  • Been on the Provisional Register continuously and have 1 previous unsuccessful attempt at the Clinical Component of the PCE administered by CAPR prior to the pandemic or the Alternate Exam administered by the Continuing Professional Education Unit of the University of Alberta in June 2021.

  • All candidates must be fully vaccinated.


Exclusion criteria:

  • Candidates involved in a current conduct investigation of their physical therapy practice or who have a history of a conduct investigation which resulted in an investigation and recommendations, facilitated resolution, or conduct findings.

  • Former registrants who have exceeded the permitted time period of two years on the provisional register or number of examination attempts permitted for the completion of the Clinical Component of the PCE.


Saskatchewan

  • Applicants must have been licensed with the SCPT prior to September 13, 2021.

  • Applicants must have had a minimum of 1,200 hrs of practise under supervision while holding a Restricted License in Sask. and

  • Applicants must not have any prior or outstanding complaint or discipline history.


Manitoba

  • The Candidate has no current, unresolved complaint(s) against them.

  • They have been on the Candidate Register in Manitoba for a minimum of 12 consecutive mths. with no attempts at the Clinical PCE OR have been on the Examination Candidate Register for a minimum of 18 months. and have had 1 failed attempt at the Clinical PCE.

  • They have practiced a minimum of 1200 clinical hrs in physical therapy within the last year (e.g., from Nov 2020 to Nov 2021) and can show proof of these hrs to CPM.

  • They have an Assessment of Clinical Practice (ACP) evaluation form on file with CPM which has been completed by their supervisor within the last 6 months.


Ontario

Pathway 1 (further information should be consulted on the College website):

  • The applicant has held a Provisional Practice Certificate of Registration in Ontario for at least 12 months.

  • The applicant has practiced physiotherapy in Ontario, delivering patient care, for at least 1200 hours during the past 12 months.

  • The applicant has practiced physiotherapy in Ontario, delivering patient care for at least 600 hours at one Ontario worksite/practice location where their College approved Practice Supervisor also worked at the same worksite/practice location for the full 600 hour period.

  • The applicant has not been the subject of any investigation, or inquiry by the Registrar other than one that has been completed without any action having been taken.


Pathway 2:

  • Council has approved the University of Sherbrooke exam scheduled for April 2022 for anyone who has completed the CAPR written exam.

  • This option is only available in French.

  • Registration deadline is Feb 18, 2022


Quebec

  • No changes as Quebec follows its own credentialing system.

  • At this time, it is recommended to contact the College for licensing if educated outside of Quebec.


New Brunswick

  • Registrants who have been working full time in the province of New Brunswick for a minimum of 12 months are eligible to apply


Nova Scotia

  • Registrants must have met all the requirements for provisional registration as set out in S.20 of the Physiotherapy Act and hold a current provisional license in Nova Scotia.

  • A minimum of 12 months has passed since the applicant was initially registered in Nova Scotia as a Resident Physiotherapist.

  • Registrants must have completed a minimum of 1200 practice hours, with 600 of those hours completed under one employer (candidate shall submit a rationale for multiple practice settings in such instances where that is the case).

  • Registrants must have completed a minimum of one Jurisprudence Exam.

  • Registrants must have no past or present disciplinary issues with either an employer, NSCP or other Physiotherapy regulatory body.


Newfoundland and Labrador

  • No updates or changes to date.


Prince Edward Island

  • Residents must have been on the PEICPT PT Resident registry for >12 consecutive months with no previous attempts at the PCE-CC or been on the PEICPT PT Resident registry for >18 consecutive months if previous unsuccessful attempts at the PCE-CC.

  • Residents must have a minimum of 1200 practice hours in the same practice area (must be direct patient care).

  • Only 1-2 employers

  • Only 1-2 supervisors

  • No past or present complaints made to the PEIPT.


Further details regarding the process will be sent to eligible candidates and their supervisors.