Language Fluency Policy

All candidates applying for a College of Pedorthics of Canada exam (C. Ped (C)), C Ped (Tech (C), C. Ped MC) must indicate fluency in either English or French on the exam application. Fluency is defined by demonstrating the ability to understand, speak and write either English or French. Protecting the public is the duty of the College of Pedorthics, therefore demonstrating fluency in English or French is required of CPC exam applicants for the following reasons:

  • Members must practice while demonstrating a fully comprehensive knowledge of the CPC Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice
  • Members must understand the requirements of maintaining their CPC membership:
    • Paying annual membership dues for both CPC and PAC
    • Maintaining continuing education points
    • Liability insurance requirement
  • The CPC must be able to communicate equally and fairly with all its members
  • Communication is the key to providing safe, correct, and effective patient care
  • Communication with other healthcare professionals must be accurate and relevant

Accommodations, such as extra time during the written exam or help during the practical portion, will not be given to applicants for language deficiency reasons.

Applicants that indicate that their first language is neither English nor French, and that their degree was not completed in English or French, must pass a language proficiency test before applying to challenge a CPC exam. These test results must be included when submitted an exam application.

A language proficiency test can be completed through one of the following institutions:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Score of 560 required on paper-based TOEFL; total score of 86 required on online TOEFL
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Level 6.5 required on all skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking)
  • Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment (CLBA). Benchmark score of 7 required on all skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). Score of 80, plus an oral interview rating of at least 3
  • A minimum score of 4.0 on each section (listening, reading, writing and speaking)
  • TESTCan (For demonstrating French proficiency only). A minimum score of 4.0 on each section (listening, reading, writing and speaking)

Test results are valid for two years from the date of you passing the test.