Interim Physiotherapy

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Interim Registered Physiotherapist / Physiotherapy Resident?

Interim Registered Physiotherapists or Interim Registrants are eligible and registered to complete the next available Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE) administered by the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR). They provide physiotherapy services under the indirect supervision of a Registered Physiotherapist approved by the Registration Committee.

Interim Registered Physiotherapist is the term in British Columbia, and Physiotherapy Resident is the term in Ontario and Nova Scotia.

How do Interim Registered Physiotherapists / Physiotherapy Residents become fully licensed?

To work as a physiotherapist in Canada, candidates must register with the regulatory body in the province or territory where they work. The CAPR provides information to the regulators on credentials and qualifications, so the regulators can decide who can and who cannot receive a license to practice.

For most regulators, candidates must pass the PCE which fairly and accurately evaluates the competencies needed to have to practice physiotherapy. The PCE has two components — a Written Component, which is taken first, and a Clinical Component, which is taken after successfully passing the Written Component.

More information about Physiotherapy Regulation in Canada can be found here.

Why are there delays in the licensing / registration process?

The CAPR first postponed the clinical component of the PCE in March 2020, as a result of lockdowns related to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in Canada. Since then, exams have been postponed several times due to the pandemic. These cancellations have immensely impacted PCE candidates across the country, including our Interim Physiotherapists.

An in-depth timeline of events and resources regarding the cancellations of the PCE can be found here.

What happens if a candidate has passed the first test but has not yet had an opportunity to write the second?

Unfortunately, nothing. Interim Registered Physiotherapists / Physiotherapy Residents continue to have this distinction until they have successfully passed both components of the exam. Many very capable physiotherapists have been working for two years and continue to have this title simply because they have not had the opportunity to complete their practical exam.

Can I access my funding or extended health benefits if my child sees an Interim Registered Physiotherapist or Physiotherapy Resident?

Yes! Because Interim Registered Physiotherapists / Physiotherapy Residents have successfully completed their education and several clinical placements, they are able to see clients independently, bill under their own name and registration number, and offer physiotherapy services covered by insurance.

What does supervision look like for an Interim Registered Physiotherapist or Physiotherapy Resident at Kids Physio?

Kids Physio Group provides comprehensive mentorship and support to all of our team members, whether they are an Interim Registered Physiotherapist, Physiotherapy Resident, or experienced Physiotherapist. Each member of our team is partnered with a clinical coach and completes rigorous training in pediatrics that includes online learning modules, group discussions, and shadow sessions with a wide variety of children.

In addition, Interim Registered Physiotherapists and Physiotherapy Residents have a supervisor who is available to provide either in-person or virtual support, and reports to the provincial college that they are practicing appropriately and meeting all requirements.