To be considered for registration, candidates must, within two years of graduation, apply for registration with CCO and successfully complete the following:
- Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board (CCEB) knowledge-based examinations;
- CCEB Clinical Competency Examinations; and
- CCO Legislation and Ethics Examination.
Registration information, forms and examinations are available in French upon request.
Inscription renseignements, des formulaires et des examens sont disponibles en français sur demande.
Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board
One way in which CCO ensures that registered chiropractors provide high quality, competent and ethical care to the public of Ontario is by using a consistent, objective and defensible standard for all applicants who wish to become registered in Ontario, no matter where they have completed their education. The CCEB examinations test the essential, clinical, entry-to-practice competencies expected of chiropractors in Ontario. Please see the CCEB website for more information.
Once registered, members are expected to practise in accordance with the core competencies and maintain their clinical competencies through the participation in the quality assurance program, which includes mandatory continuing education, self assessment and peer and practice assessment.
Information about the competencies examined as part of the CCEB examination can be found at the CCEB website.
Application for the CCEB examination generally takes place 2-3 months before the date of the examination. Please ensure you familiarize with the dates of the upcoming CCEB examinations and the deadlines for application.
CCEB examination results take approximately five weeks to process. Upon successful completion of the CCEB examination and CCO Legislation and Ethics Examination, CCO will send candidates an application form to be completed for membership.
The fees associated with taking the CCEB examinations are as follows:
- Component A - Basic and Applied Sciences: $750 (Canadian Sites) or $1125 (Australian Site)
- Component B - Clinical Decision Making and Diagnostic Imaging: $750 (Canadian Sites) or $1125 (Australian Site)
- Component C - Clinical Skills Evaluation: $1500
- Administration - $150
- Late Fee: $375
- Retabulation: $150
- Replacement CCEB Certificate: $150
For more information about CCEB examinations, please contact the CCEB at:
Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board
Suite 238, 2116 - 27th Avenue NE
Calgary, Alberta T2E 7A6
Legislation and Ethics Examinations
The purpose of the Legislation and Ethics Examination to test the applicant's knowledge of the legal, professional and ethical responsibilities and obligations governing the practice of chiropractic in Ontario. The examination includes material on the relevant legislation, regulations, standards of practice, policies and guidelines relevant to the regulation of chiropractors in Ontario. Additionally, material on other stakeholders, chiropractic and health care organizations is included on the examination. Finally, candidates will be tested on various ethical scenarios relevant to chiropractic practice.
CCO generally offers the Legislation and Ethics Examination three times per year soon after the CCEB examinations. CCO may offer additional sittings of the Legislation and Ethics Examination upon request on an "as needed" basis.
This examination must be written in-person.
CCO Policy P-045: CCO's Legislation & Ethics Examination governs the policies and procedures of the examination.
CCO will provide candidates with study material upon receipt of the $180 examination application fee. In addition to the academic and examination requirements, an applicant must:
- Have not been found guilty of an offence that is relevant to the applicant's suitability to practise;
- Be able to speak and write English or French with reasonable fluency. This requirement is tested by an applicant successfully completed the required examination;
- Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada or authorized under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, 2001 (Canada) to engage in the practice of the profession.
The examination is two hours and thirty minutes in length and is open book. All examinable material is sent to candidates upon receipt of their application. Candidates may use the examination material as a resource during the taking of the examination.
The examination is based on the following material:
Pass Rate, Rewrites and Appeals
The pass rate for the legislation and ethics examination is 60%. Results are generally available within 4-6 weeks of the examination.
If a candidate is unsuccessful at passing the examination, he/she will be given an opportunity to write a supplemental examination at the next available sitting of the examination or at an earlier date. A candidate is given as many opportunities as required to successfully pass the examination.
If a candidate wishes to appeal his/her result of the legislation and ethics examination, he/she may do so in writing to the attention of the Registration Committee. The Registration Committee will review this appeal at the next meeting of the Registration Committee, or in its discretion at an earlier date, and will respond to the candidate in writing. A response to an appeal may include, upholding the examination result, modifying the result on the basis of the appeal, modifying the examination for future sittings or any other response in the discretion of the Registration Committee, consistent with CCO policy.
CCO is committed to accommodating candidates with physical and/or learning disabilities in completing its Legislation and Ethics Examination. A candidate who is otherwise eligible to write the Legislation and Ethics Examination may file a written request to the registrar, along with proof of the disability, for reasonable, alternative testing accommodations if he/she is unable to write the examination under standard circumstances. CCO will make reasonable efforts to make accommodations for individuals with disabilities.
The fee for the CCO Legislation and Ethics exam is $180 (Canadian funds only). Payment is by certified cheque or money order only. Please make your payment to the College of Chiropractors of Ontario.