STEP 2: CAPR REQUIREMENTS
The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) oversees the practice of physical therapy in Canada. CAPR handles credentialing and competency assessments. CAPR reviews education history and qualifications to decide whether candidates are eligible to pursue a license to practice in Canada. All physical therapists, regardless of where training occurred, must successfully challenge CAPR’s Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE) written component as a first step to licensure to practice physical therapy in Canada.
PROOF OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
To ensure a smooth transition, English language proficiency is mandatory. It will also be a great asset in helping you settle in Canada.
Recognized Tests CAPR OIEPB TOEFL iBT Yes Yes IELTS GT/AC Yes Yes CELPIP G Yes Yes TEF Yes Yes TCF Yes No
CAPR REVIEWS YOUR ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS
Submit your academic credentials and proof that you meet the English language requirements to CAPR for review. This is to ensure your qualifications are not substantially different from Canadian entry-to-practice standards.
Once your credentials are approved you can then begin preparing for the written component of the PCE and the OIEPB bridging program can help you do this efficiently and successfully.
ALTERNATIVE PHYSICAL THERAPY-RELATED CAREERS
If your credentials are not approved by CAPR, you may want to consider alternative employment opportunities within the healthcare field utilizing your skills, knowledge and practical experience such as a Physical Therapy Assistant.
TAKE THE CAPR APPROVED OIEPB COURSE: PHYSIOTHERAPY PRACTICE WITHIN THE CANADIAN HEALTH CARE CONTEXT
If you are educated and trained outside of Canada, you will need to fill a credentialing gap by taking a course related to the knowledge of physical therapy practice within the Canadian healthcare context. This course must include a formal method of evaluation. The OIEPB course Physiotherapy Practice within the Canadian Health Care Context is approved by CAPR. This 6-week online course is offered 4 times per year and can be accessed from anywhere in the world.