Alternate Clinical Evaluation BC (ACEBC)

The discontinuation of the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE) clinical component requires short- and long-term solutions for candidates to meet the requirements for full registration in BC. In accordance with the College of Physical Therapists of BC (College) bylaws, the University of British Columbia (UBC), Department of Physical Therapy will administer an alternate evaluation.

The Alternate Clinical Evaluation BC (ACEBC) is an in-person OSCE that takes place in Vancouver and follows the CAPR 2018 blueprint. For additional information, please read the Candidate Instructions.

Responsibilities of each organization

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


Date of EvaluationRegistration DeadlinePriority Registration (UBC Grads)Registration Open for All
August 24, 2024July 26, 2024N/ARegister now!
November 16, 2024October 18, 2024June 17 - 21, 2024June 22, 2024

NOTE: When one session reaches capacity, or the registration deadline passes, registration for the following evaluation will be available. CPTBC has committed to prioritizing BC Grads in both the November and February ACEBC exams – registration for all other eligible candidates will be available following priority registration. It is the candidates’ responsibility to provide an email address that they will be able to access throughout the exam registration process. Candidates must also be aware that this process may change.


  • $1,400 per person

Deferrals and / or cancellations are subject to an administrative fee. Fees are determined by the registration deadline for the candidate’s current exam. Deferral to a future exam date is subject to availability.

Changes before registration deadline$100.00
Changes after registration deadline$300.00

NOTE: ACE BC functions as a cost recovery exam in order to to keep exam cost to candidates as low as possible.


  • Candidates must review the eligibility policy to determine if they are eligible to attempt the ACEBC
  • When registering for the ACEBC, candidates will be asked to provide proof that they have passed the PCE written component and will be asked to provide details on any previous attempts on a clinical assessment (including the PCE clinical component, ACEBC, or other clinical assessment in any jurisdiction in Canada)
  • If the candidate is not eligible, their ACEBC registration will be cancelled, which may be subject to a cancellation fee.
  • Candidates are expected to communicate in an appropriate manner. Any unprofessional communication will be forwarded to CPTBC.


Payment must be made in full at the time of registration.

NOTE: Cancellations without cause are only accepted while registration is open (i.e., before the registration deadline) and are subject to an administration fee.

A waitlist is available for exams that reach capacity.


Results are generally released 3 weeks after the date of the evaluation.

  • Candidates must create an account with CPTBC in order to access their result. Go to the CPTBC website, click on ‘Registrant Login’ and follow the instructions to create an account.

Candidates who pass are eligible for full registration in BC:

Candidates who don’t pass:

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