The College of Physiotherapists of Alberta was notified on Saturday, March 20, 2021, that due to significant technical challenges, the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) was forced to cancel the clinical component of the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE), scheduled on March 20th and 21st, 2021. We have heard from many PCE candidates who report that their examination was cancelled with only a few hours notice. We are also aware that some candidates were in the midst of taking their examination as technical difficulties with the examination platform were occurring.
The College of Physiotherapists of Alberta acknowledges the burden that the cancellation puts on candidates who have invested their time, energy, and effort to prepare for this day. We also recognize that examination candidates want answers, and our focus in the coming days will be working towards a solution with CAPR to resolve this issue.
Currently, CAPR is investigating the problem, and we anticipate further communication in the coming days concerning the next steps.
The College of Physiotherapists of Alberta is monitoring the situation closely and actively working to seek answers and explore solutions. We are working with our partners including CAPR, other provincial physiotherapy regulators and government to explore options. There are many questions that need to be answered as we consider potential next steps.
The Council of the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta is engaging in discussions this week to learn more about the current investigation into why there have been repeated failures to administer the examination, and to discuss the situation and our path forward. Our purpose is to find answers for provisional registrants. We remain committed to finding a resolution to this ongoing problem that is impacting the examination process and we respectfully thank you for your continued patience.
The College of Physiotherapists of Alberta will be providing updates as more information becomes available.