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Successfully completing the Written Component of the Physiotherapy Competency Examination is required to become a licenced physiotherapist in Canada.

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Physiotherapy Competency Examination Requirement

Before applying for a licence to practice physiotherapy in Canada (except for in the province of Québec) candidates must pass the Written Component of the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE).

Internationally trained physiotherapists must successfully complete Stage 1: Review of Your Credentials before you apply to take the PCE.

Graduates of accredited Canadian programs are automatically eligible to take the PCE.

Successfully completing the PCE is important for many reasons:

  • It ensures that candidates meet the minimum standard to practice in Canada.
  • It ensures that people receiving treatment will be safe when they interact with physiotherapists.
  • It fairly and accurately evaluates the competencies you need to have to practise physiotherapy.

To register for the exam, go to the Client Portal. A step-by-step guide on how to apply is available on the Apply for Exam page.

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