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Newcomer physiotherapists in Canada to get more opportunities to become licensed

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Newcomer physiotherapists in Canada to get more opportunities to become licensed

Starting January 2024, the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE) will be offered 10 times over the calendar year, up from the current five. So, if you are a newcomer to Canada who migrated as an internationally trained physiotherapist, you will have more opportunities to become licensed and begin practicing in the country. 

While the PCE will initially be offered through remote proctoring for the first half of 2024, the exam will then move to a hybrid model, providing opportunities for in-centre testing alongside remote examinations. The announcement was made by the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR), which provides credentialling and evaluation services on behalf of physiotherapy regulators in the Canadian provinces and territories.

Exam dates for 2024 will be announced in October 2023. Application deadlines will also be announced at the same time. While application deadlines are normally eight weeks before the given exam date, if necessary, CAPR will also shorten that time, to ensure applicants have enough time to apply for their exams. 

More digital services for internationally trained physiotherapists

As part of efforts to make it easier for physiotherapists with international experience to practice in Canada, graduates and alumni from Gujarat University in India can now submit their physiotherapy qualifications in the form of digital documents. They can access the digital document services through the university’s Online Happiness Centre

Doing so reduces the time related to sending paper documents by post or courier, as well as the costs you incur. It also ensures that CAPR receives authentic and accurate documentation directly from the authorities. 

The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators also accepts documents from other digital services globally, including countries such as the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, and China. Take a look at the country-specific document requirements.

Also read: Canada is prioritizing Express Entry invitations for skilled workers in healthcare, STEM fields 

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