Exam Date: November 2022 (date will be announced in August/September)
Location: Online
Registration Period: September / October

To be eligible, SPC Members must first apply to be a Credential Program Candidate. Once your application is approved, the candidate has 3 years to complete the written exam.


Candidate must:

  • Be a graduated physiotherapist.
  • Be a member in good standing of Sport Physiotherapy Canada.
  • Successfully have met the Credential Program entry application requirements
  • Hold a valid First Responder Certificate from a recognized National body such as SPC, Canadian Red Cross,. St. John’s Ambulance
  • Have sufficient practical experience working with a team or organization and at athletic events.
    • A minimum of 200 hours of documented practical experience as a graduate Physiotherapist. A minimum of 75 hours of which must be in a contact sport and another 75 hours must be in another sport. Proof of reports to Credentials Officer.
      • HOURS: SPC recognizes that over the past 18 months, COVID restrictions may have impacted a candidate’s ability to obtain the required hours of experience in contact and/or other sport. Candidates who are shy of the required hours, up to 15%, will be permitted to write the exam on the basis that the candidate:
        • Complete the hours prior to the Oral Exam
        • Have their Mentor submit of a “letter of guarantee”
  • Have a letter of recommendation from a recognized Mentor in the SPC Credential Program.


On completing the Sport Physiotherapy Certificate, the physiotherapist will be able to:

  • Contribute to continued education in Sport Physiotherapy by working with other physiotherapists and health professionals at athletic events.
  • Advise athletes and coaches on proper fitting and maintenance of equipment and protective devices.
  • Develop functional tests to determine an athlete’s ability to return to training or competition.
  • Stock a first aid kit for a sporting event.
  • Demonstrate and describe appropriate first aid procedures for common athletic injuries and emergencies including transportation procedures for the conscious and unconscious athlete.
  • Design and implement an accident prevention program.
  • Apply the information gained from the curriculum objectives for the Sport Physiotherapy Certificate in the assessment and management of common sports injuries.
  • Be cognizant of the legal implications of Sport Physiotherapy involvement.
  • Work independently at an athletic event providing first aid, taping, wrapping, strapping, assessment and management of acute injuries and sport massage.
  • Explain the structure and function of Sport Physiotherapy Canada.