January 18, 2024

ESR Initiatives Approved by Board

CAPR to continue investment in Evaluation Services

By Brandi Park
National Director, Evaluation Services

Welcome to 2024 and Happy New Year to our clients and to the system partners we collaborate with to ensure safe and quality physiotherapy across Canada.

Looking back at 2023, I’m proud of what the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) has accomplished.  In 2023 we improved and modernized our credentialling and examination services, we also invested significant time and energy establishing a plan for Evaluation Services Re-envisioned (ESR), a two-year project focused on developing a new entry-to-practice model for competency assessment of individuals seeking licensure as a physiotherapist in Canada.

Throughout the Fall of 2023, CAPR presented the vision for ESR to key stakeholders. Feedback from stakeholders was reviewed and analyzed by CAPR’s Evaluation Services Committee (ESC). The ESC in turn recommended that the CAPR Board of Directors approve the proposed ESR model which included the following projects:

  • Development of a single licensure exam that assesses readiness for safe, effective, independent physiotherapy practice.
  • Implementation of a fast-track pathway for Internationally Educated Physical Therapists (IEPTs) with comparable education to that of Canadian Educated Physical Therapists (CEPTs).
  • Development and implementation of an equivalency evaluation assessment for IEPTs who do not have comparable education.
  • Providing enhanced supports for IEPTs (and in some cases CEPTs) entering Canadian practice.

With the commitment of our Board, we are now moving forward with the ESR initiative, which will be a collaborative effort between CAPR and its system partners. Meaningful collaboration will be key to ensure we develop products that meet the needs of the regulators, our clients, the public, and the profession.

Stay tuned for your opportunity to get involved in the ESR initiative. CAPR will be looking for diverse groups of subject matter experts and others to participate on various advisory committees.   

We appreciate the opportunity to continue this important work and look forward to sharing updates, key milestones, and continuing conversations and collaborations throughout this journey.

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December 15, 2023

CAPR Welcomes New Exam Partner

By Adam Sayers, Manager, Examinations

The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) is committed to providing clients with the best possible experience while on their journey to becoming physiotherapists in Canada.

Recently, as part of that commitment, CAPR launched its new Client Portal to better serve clients engaged in the credentialling process as well as those preparing for the Written Component of the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE). The Client Portal provides all clients with the ability to apply and manage their credentialling and PCE applications in a completely digital environment.

The launch of the Client Portal is just one recent example of our continuing commitment to the use of technology to enhance the experience of our clients.

Today, CAPR is proud to announce a new partnership that builds on that commitment and strengthens our ability to deliver high-quality services.

Beginning with our next scheduled exam in January, the delivery of the Written Component of the PCE will be supported by risr/, an assessment and learning platform specializing in the delivery of high-stakes exams.

Based in the United Kingdom, risr/ specializes in assessment, training, and continuing professional development for many international organizations, including the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Using its well-established platform, which manages and delivers exams from creation, preparation, and delivery to analysis, reporting, and feedback, risr/ will provide CAPR clients options for remote proctoring as well as in-person testing centres. The in-person testing centres will be coordinated by risr/ in collaboration with CAPR, allowing CAPR to have more control over the candidate experience and increasing capacity for exam administrations.

We are proud to welcome risr/ to CAPR and excited for what this new partnership means for our clients.

If you are a candidate registered for the January 15, 2024 exam, please watch for an email from the CAPR team with more information, including an invite to a webinar hosted by CAPR and risr/. This email will be sent during the week of December 18.

As previously announced, CAPR has committed to providing clients with 10 exam date options next year. While four dates have been confirmed, the remaining exam dates for 2024 will be announced in January.

Anyone who is planning to take the Written Component of the PCE is encouraged to learn more about risr/ by accessing our Written Component Tutorial.    

To support the transition to a new exam partner, CAPR has added resources to its website to provide accurate and helpful information for everyone preparing for the Written Component of the PCE. Questions related to risr/ or the administration of the PCE can be directed to exams@alliancept.org.


Learn More About risr/

Visit risr/ Demonstration Platform

CAPR Resources

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June 26, 2023

The Journey of Re-envisioning Evaluation Services has Begun

By Brandi Park
National Director, Evaluation Services

In February 2020, the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) unveiled its Innovation Agenda, which intended to lead the organization through an exciting new chapter focused on modernizing entry-to-practice competency assessment for physiotherapists in preparation for licensure in Canada.

However, just a few weeks after its unveiling, the Innovation Agenda, and the rest of the world, faced an unprecedented challenge, when the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic.

The days, weeks, and years that followed at CAPR mirrored what organizations and communities across the country were facing during an uncertain time. Our focus shifted to ensuring the safety of everyone connected to CAPR and delivering core services during the pandemic. While CAPR was able to incorporate remote proctoring as a delivery option for Written Component, we were unable to deliver a virtual Clinical Component. This led to the discontinuation of the Clinical Component in December 2021.

As we move our way out from the pandemic, we set our sights firmly on the future and the work that will transform CAPR and the experience for clients looking to enter the physiotherapy profession in Canada.

Our Evaluation Services Committee (ESC) leveraged an Expert Advisory Panel (EAP) to provide a vision for the future of evaluation services at CAPR. The EAP was an eight-member panel consisting of national and international individuals with expertise in measurement and assessment.

The EAP was responsible for using their collective expertise to identify, gather, review, and discuss input from a broad range of sources, and to provide recommendations to the ESC regarding the future direction of entry-to practice competency assessment for physiotherapists in preparation for licensure in Canada – a re-envisioning of CAPR’s evaluation services.

From March 2022 to March 2023, the EAP met several times to review literature, research, and input to inform their discussions. The EAP agreed that, rather than proposing a definitive model, it would be more prudent to present principles related to the implementation of a renewed approach to the future of evaluation services at CAPR.

A set of eight principles were proposed as a means for guiding CAPR’s re-envisioned evaluation services:

  • Entry-to-practice assessment is best embedded in a multi-point, multi-method assessment approach.
  • Assessment design should address competencies and target patient safety and higher-order cognitive skills such as decision-making and clinical reasoning.
  • Multiple stakeholders and experts should be involved during the development of CAPR’s updated evaluation services model to ensure the assessments are current and relevant.
  • Among these stakeholders, fairness commissions/offices should be consulted for information regarding the modernization of registration processes, including compliance with their frameworks, policies, and positions.
  • Credentialling and assessment processes are best designed and administered with an evidence-based equity, diversity, and inclusion lens.
  • The assessment process for applicants who have graduated from an accredited Canadian program should be modified.
  • The assessment of internationally educated professionals should include flexible pathways based on their levels of preparation, rather than candidate characteristics.
  • Enhanced supports will benefit internationally educated professionals in their path toward registration.

CAPR is committed to incorporating these principles into the development and implementation of its re-envisioned evaluation services.

What will this mean for our clients?

Over the summer, CAPR will be developing a short- and long-term plan to address the EAP principles. The short-term plan will primarily focus on modernizing CAPR processes, reducing timelines, and identifying unnecessary barriers to licensure.  Much of this work is currently underway.

Expect to see changes this fall, including:

  • launch of a client portal, a web-based solution to support the electronic flow of information, documentation, and communication between CAPR and credentialling and examination clients.
  • a review of current practices, policies, and procedures to remove any unnecessary barriers that might prevent clients from experiencing a timely and efficient entry-to-practice journey.
  • implementation of a full length (200 questions) online practice exam to help clients assess their readiness to take the Written Component.
  • a significant increase in the number of Written Component examinations administered during a calendar year, starting in 2024.

These are exciting initiatives that will support efficiently moving clients through the entry-to-practice processes and toward licensure.

This is also just the beginning.

The longer-term plan will incorporate the EAP principles and focus on CAPR’s re-envisioned evaluation services. We want to take you on this journey with us through our commitment to consistent and meaningful communication throughout the process.

Over the summer, we will be engaging with our system partners (regulators, educators, associations) on the EAP principles, and a proposed model for re-envisioned evaluation services. We want to learn how we can best serve our clients and regulator members.

We welcome your questions or comments related to the work of CAPR at any time. Please email us at communications@alliancept.org or visit www.alliancept.org to stay connected to CAPR and this work.

We look forward to working with you as partners in this journey.

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