The Oral Practical exam takes place the first weekend of May of every year. The exam occurs in person with an examining team. The location of the exam rotates West, Central, East so that you can find a location that suits you within 3 years of completing your written exam.

If the need arises SPC may organize an additional date for oral practical exam sitting. This option will be communicated and will only occur if the numbers require.



Current First Responder certification and a letter from your mentor is required to be submitted with the oral practical exam application.



The Candidate will need a minimum of 200 hours of documented practical experience to successfully complete the Sport Physiotherapy Diploma (although 200 hours is stated as the minimum, it is recommended that the Candidate have 800 hours to adequately meet the objectives of the curriculum).

Hours used for the SPC Certificate Application cannot be used again for the Diploma Application. It is strongly suggested that the Candidate work with one of the sports that provide a high incidence of injury so that they will develop their skills in acute care and assessment techniques. A Mentor will help to evaluate the log to ensure adequate experience.

Criteria for gaining practical experience are as follows:

  • Experience should be gained in at least six different sports or activities. In two of these six sports, involvement must extend over two full seasons with a team or club (full season means pre-season training camp, regular season games and practices, and post-season evaluation and programming). One of these two sports ideally should be a team contact or collision sport such as hockey, football, lacrosse, soccer, rugby or combative sports such as judo, wrestling, boxing and Tae Kwon Doe .
  • The two sports covered over two seasons should have a minimum of 75 hours practical experience documented in each of these sports.
  • The Candidate must have practical experience taping all regions of the body including ankles, knees, acromio-clavicular joints, etc. Effectiveness and efficiency of taping are stressed in the Diploma-level examinations.
  • The Candidate must develop and implement a pre-season injury prevention program, medical screening program and injury recording system.
  • The Candidate must have ordered or made arrangements for, and pack equipment and supplies required for a road trip involving at least one game.
  • The Candidate must have experienced at least two overnight game/event situations.
  • Travelling time is not to be included as part of the hours recorded towards the practical experience requirement.

About the 2018 Oral Practical Examination

2018 Oral Practical Examination for SPC Certificate Candidates and SPC Diploma Candidates

Examination Details

Date: Friday May 4, 2018 to Sunday May 6, 2018
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Rehabilitation Building, University of Toronto

Registration Window: REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN Registration will close at 11:59pm Eastern on January 31, 2018. No late registrations will be accepted after this time.

Registration: Please log in to your profile to register. Contact Allison if you need assistance with your profile (

Fees:  Fees for 2018 remain unchanged at $700 plus tax ($640 exam fee plus $60 application fee)

Exam Time assignment: Candidates will receive their assigned timeslot by February 15th at 5pm eastern time. We try our best to accommodate travel distances and time preferences but we make no guarantees. Please block the entire weekend on your calendar until you have received your assigned time.

Note: We run 3-4 rooms of exams consecutively and must take account examiner conflicts and language preferences. The schedule is very complex and will not allow switching times. Please block the weekend until your time is received.

Policies Related to Oral Practical Exam:

Up to February 15th, 2018 a full refund minus a $60 application fee.

After February 15th, 2018 a 50% refund will be issued. SPC may at our discretion issue a full refund minus $60 application fee for medical or extenuating circumstances.

After April 1, 2018 no refunds will be issued. SPC may at our discretion issue a full refund minus $60 application fee for medical or extenuating circumstances.

Examination Policies: Can all be found in our credential program syllabus- please be sure you are utilizing the 2017 syllabus (see documents section of this screen for downloadable version).

Note: The 2017 syllabus should be used for this exam, not the newly released (Jan. 2018 release date) version.

Questions: Please direct all your questions to Allison Biewald, Member Service Coordinator


P: (613) 564-5454 or toll free (800) 387-8679 extension 260


Please upload any missing documents in a PDF file to your profile.

2017- Updated Credential Program Syllabus FINAL

Oral Practical Exam Marking Guides: note these are subject to MINOR wording or clarification changes by the Chief Examiner in 2018. The marking guide is provided as a courtesy and SPC reserves the right to edit it up to the examination date to provide marking clarity for the examiners.


Diploma Marking Guide

Additional Resources

An online webinar with the Chief Examiner will be scheduled for candidate and mentors. Please note the purpose of this webinar is to give a brief overview of what to expect from the examination experience. You are also able to ask questions to the Chief Examiner- it is as useful as you make it!

Dates: To be released for sign up January 2018 (No cost to sign up)

When: May 4th, 2018 from 12:00am to 7:00pm America/Toronto
  • Valid First Responders Course or Equivalent Proof Prerequisite not met. Update
  • Diploma: Written Exam Prerequisite not met.
  • Within 3 years of completing Diploma: Written Exam Prerequisite not met.
Exam FeeCAD$700.00
Plus applicable provincial taxes.
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