Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility

Do I meet the education requirements to write the exams?

A candidate must be currently attending or have graduated from a DC program that has either been accredited by a Council on Chiropractic Education International (CCEI) member agency or that has been approved by a Canadian provincial chiropractic regulatory board.  A list of DC programs accepted for CCEB exams, based on regulator approval, can be found on this website under Resources, Accreditation/Approval, Approved DC Programs

In Canada, licensure requirements are the responsibility of the provincial regulatory boards.  Licensure requirements vary among the jurisdictions.  Completion of CCEB exams does not guarantee licensure in any particular province.  Candidates are encouraged to confirm the specific requirements within the jurisdiction in which they intend to practice.  A list of the provincial regulatory boards with contact information appears on this website under Resources, Provincial Regulatory Boards, http://www.cceb.ca/provincial-regulatory-boards/

What order do the exams have to be written in?
Component A is a prerequisite for Component B, and Component B is a prerequisite for Component C. However, you may write Component B and Component C at the same exam sitting, provided that you are eligible for both exams, even though Component C may take place the day prior to Component B.

Can I write more than one exam in the same exam session?
Component B may not be written in the same exam session as Component A; however you may write Component B and Component C at the same time, provided that you are eligible for both exams.

I have only taken the Written Cognitive Skills Examination (WCSE). Now what?
If a candidate has taken the CCEB exams prior to 2004 (when they were the Written Cognitive Skills Exam), a Provincial Regulatory Board may request that he or she take Component B and Component C. Please contact the applicable Provincial Regulatory Board to determine their requirements.

Do I have to be a Canadian citizen to write the CCEB exams?
Canadian citizenship is not a requirement to take the CCEB exams.

What if my graduation date changes after I’ve completed all the exams?
Graduation must occur within three months of taking the Component C exam. If graduation has not occurred within that three month period then the Candidate has not maintained their eligibility status and exam results will be voided.

Application

What are the photo requirements?
  • Photo must be a close-up of the head and shoulders so that the face covers a minimum of 25% of the photo.
  • Photo must show a full front view of the face and top of the shoulders squared to the camera (the image of the face and shoulders must be centered in the photo).
  • Photo must be taken against a plain white or light-coloured background so that the applicant’s features are clearly distinguishable against the background. There should be enough contrast between the background and the traits or clothing.
  • Photo must be clear, sharp and in focus.
I want to apply for an exam, but it is not listed on the Application Form. How do I apply?
If the exam date is not listed on the posted Application Form, either the application deadline has passed, or applications are not yet being accepted. Please check back at a later date.

What if the Application Deadline has passed?
Late Applications are accepted for one week after the application deadline. For further information please see our How To Apply page.

Do you require my transcripts?
For each exam, we require a Letter of Eligibility or Transcript confirming cumulative GPA and expected date of graduation. Faxed or scanned copies are accepted but must show transmission from a recognized fax or email associated with the college.  This document must be received by 4pm MST on the Cancellation Deadline. When a final transcript is received, it will apply to all future CCEB exams.
Component C only: A final transcript directly from your DC Program is required in order to release your Certificate. Graduation must occur within three months of taking the Component C exam. If graduation has not occurred within that three month period then the Candidate has not maintained their eligibility status and exam results will be voided.

I have not received any correspondence by email. What do I do?
All correspondence will be sent by email. You must add exams@cceb.ca to your contact list to ensure emails are not flagged as spam. Confirmation will be sent by the CCEB within 72 hours of receipt of application or correspondence. If you do not receive this confirmation, please contact us.

Payment

Can I pay over the phone?
No, the CCEB does not have the capability to accept payments over the phone.

Can I pay by personal cheque?
Fees may be paid by certified cheque, bank draft or money order in Canadian funds only. Exams fees may also be remitted via PayPal for online applications. No other form of payment is accepted.

I tried paying online, but my credit card was not accepted. Why?
Please contact PayPal directly if you experience any difficulties making payment. The CCEB cannot contact PayPal on your behalf due to privacy laws.

Exam

Who develops the questions?
Questions are developed by practicing chiropractors who are content area experts. The questions are not written by any college faculty members. Questions are then reviewed by CCEB exam and item experts. These experts confirm the content and ensure that the questions are written in a proper format that meets current standards of psychometric testing.

How do you select your exam questions?
Our blueprint for all three exam components is derived from a job analysis survey of practicing chiropractors in Canada. The Component A blueprint is also supplemented with a curriculum survey of Canadian, US, and international chiropractic colleges. Questions are selected to reflect the competencies required for the safe practice of chiropractic. The questions selected for each exam are reviewed by the Item Review Committee, which is comprised of practicing chiropractors from a variety of colleges and with varied practice experience.

Who are the examiners?
All examiners have been in active practice in Canada for a minimum of 3 years and do not include college faculty. These examiners have been appointed and trained by the CCEB and are selected to represent a range of experience, type of practice, region, and education (Canada, US, International).

How are French exams constructed?
French chiropractors are involved in the item writing and review process. French exams are translated by professional translators from English to the translator’s mother tongue of French. The French exam is then reviewed by a practicing Francophone chiropractor who took chiropractic schooling in French.

Does the Canadian graduate have an advantage?
Exam statistics indicate a difference in pass percentages between different colleges; however, the CCEB has taken many steps to ensure that this is not due to any bias in the exams.The CCEB exams are designed to test for the competencies required to practice chiropractic in Canada. Our blueprint for all three exam components is derived from a job analysis survey of practicing chiropractors in Canada. The Component A blueprint is also supplemented with a curriculum survey of Canadian, US, and international chiropractic colleges.All of our exam committees consist of chiropractors who have been practicing for a minimum of one year in Canada, and include an equal number of representatives who have graduated from Canadian and non-Canadian chiropractic colleges. Component C examiners are also selected to provide an equal representation of graduates from different schools.We do not provide any additional study tools or information to any college, beyond what is posted on the CCEB website. Students or graduates of Canadian colleges do not receive any further information than that which is provided to all candidates and posted on the website.

Would studying old CCEB exam questions help me?
CCEB exam questions are constantly created, revised, and retired. The chances of any one question appearing on a current exam is less than 0.05%.

Can I trade exam days with a friend?
After Application Deadline, all exam locations and times are final.

I’ve recently changed my name, do I need to let CCEB know?
If you currently are a Candidate you will need to let us know of any legal name changes. Your name on your government ID must match the name you’ve registered with. If you’re recently married you will need to send CCEB notarized legal documentation i.e. notarized copy of marriage certificate.

Results

When will I get my results?
Exam results are emailed within six weeks of the exam date. Please be patient, but if your results are not received within eight weeks, please contact the CCEB.

How do you score my exam?
The CCEB follows a rigorous scoring process. Examiners and statisticians are provided with randomly assigned candidate numbers only, so all grading is done maintaining candidate anonymity. Candidate score forms are initially scored by machine. The score forms of all unsuccessful candidates are then rescored by hand to ensure accuracy. The raw scores are then processed through computerized statistical programs to obtain the final score.

Can I see my mark?
Candidates are provided with a Successful or Unsuccessful result. Individual scores are not available to candidates under any circumstances. The exams are conducted for licensure purposes and as such are not a learning tool for candidates. The candidates’ exam papers and/or score forms are not available for review.