Entry-to-Practice Assessment Requirements for Full Registration

The information on this page details requirements for full registration with the College.


  1. Credentialling (required for internationally educated physical therapists) – see Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR); followed by
  2. Physiotherapy Competency Examination- Written Component – see CAPR; followed by
  3. Clinical assessment – College Bylaws allow for the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE) clinical component or, when it is not available, an alternate clinical evaluation administered by UBC:
    • Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE)- Clinical Component – normally administered by CAPR but discontinued as of January 12, 2022.
    • Alternate Clinical Evaluation BC (ACEBC)

ACEBC Information

As of December 18, 2023:

Interim registrants 91
ACEBC virtual candidates June 2021 to June 2022 575
ACEBC in-person candidates since October 2022 637

Alternate Clinical Evaluation BC (ACEBC)

The College has an agreement with the UBC Department of Physical Therapy (UBC) to administer the ACEBC 4 times per year. The ACEBC is an in-person OSCE that takes place in Vancouver and follows the CAPR 2018 blueprint. For additional information and to register: https://physicaltherapy.med.ubc.ca/acebc/

Responsibilities of each organization

  • UBC – content, eligibility and registration, administration
  • CPTBC – psychometric analysis, convene panel to confirm final results



Date of Evaluation Registration Deadline
February 24, 2024 January 26, 2024
May 25, 2024 April 19, 2024
August 24, 2024 July 26, 2024

NOTE: UBC graduates have priority to register for the November and February sessions. The registration process continues to evolve to minimize impact on other candidates.


Results are generally released 3 weeks after the date of the evaluation. Results will be available through the CPTBC Registrant Portal. Candidates who don’t already have accounts will be given instruction on how to create one.

Candidates who pass are eligible for full registration in BC:

  • Note that other jurisdictions in Canada may not recognize the ACEBC for full registration. If you wish to practise in a jurisdiction other than BC, you may have to first become fully registered in BC and then apply to the other jurisdiction under labour mobility rules (Canadian Free Trade Agreement/ Agreement on Internal Trade).

Candidates who don’t pass:

  • Will be advised that their interim registration permits (if applicable) will be cancelled 7 days after results are received