September 30, 2020
Following the decision by the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) to cancel the 2020 clinical component of the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE), the CPA and other leaders within the physiotherapy community met with the CAPR to seek commitments that will ensure physiotherapy students, residents, and PCE candidates are appropriately supported moving forward.
In that meeting, the CAPR committed to delivering a new, validated, pandemic-proof clinical exam in March of 2021 that will be made available first to those who have been waiting the longest. The CAPR also committed to making all efforts to assess students from the classes of 2019 and 2020 (clinical component) and 2021 (written component) in 2021 and address the backlog.
The CPA has developed the following statement to guide our advocacy in support of physiotherapy students, residents, and PCE candidates following the cancellation of the 2020 clinical component of the PCE.
The CPA's Statement on "Supporting Physiotherapy Students, Residents, and PCE Candidates During the COVID-19 Pandemic"
The CPA is committed to supporting physiotherapy students, residents, and PCE candidates whose licensure has been delayed by the cancellation of the 2020 clinical component of the PCE. The CPA is engaging with stakeholders to ensure all options to accelerate the delivery of a new pandemic-proof clinical exam are pursued and that any additional steps that can be taken to accommodate provisional licensure of candidates affected by the cancellation are explored by relevant decision makers.
The CPA views the PCE clinical component as a critical element of our self-regulated profession which upholds the standard of practice across the country. As such, the CPA is calling on the CAPR and the Regulatory Colleges to take extraordinary steps to safeguard the pipeline of physiotherapy professionals required to meet the rehabilitation needs of Canadians.
The CPA calls on CAPR to:
- Make a public commitment to deliver the PCE clinical component no later than March 2021, and to meet the commitments identified to CPA leaders on Monday, September 28 (see full statement).
- Commit to regular, public communications about this project.
- Ensure physiotherapy students/new graduates and intern perspectives are represented in the development and delivery of the new clinical exam.
- Ensure that the written component of the PCE remains widely available and accessible for candidates recognizing the importance of the written exam for candidates to access provisional licenses.
The CPA calls on Physiotherapy Regulators to:
- Continue to explore and deploy the extension of provisional licenses until at least the end of 2021.