Frequently Asked Questions


Do I meet the education requirements to write the exams?

A candidate must be currently attending or have graduated from a chiropractic education program that is:

  • accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education Canada (CCEC); or
  • accredited by another accrediting body that is a member of the Council on Chiropractic Education International (CCEI); or
  • accredited by the United States Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE); or
  • approved, in writing, by a Canadian chiropractic regulatory body


How do I get my CCEB certificate?
CCEB certificates are only issued upon successful completion of all examination components and once official proof of graduation and a final transcript have been received. Confirmation of successful graduation must be received by the CCEB directly from the Chiropractic Program within three (3) months of the date of successful completion of the Clinical Component C examination, after which time the examination results will be deemed null and void, with no refund or credit given of fees paid for such examination.

What order do the exams have to be written in?
Component A is a prerequisite for Component B. Subject to meeting the individual qualifications requirements, Components B and C can be taken in any order.

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 exam administration, provided that you are eligible for both exams.

I have only taken the Written Cognitive Skills Examination (WCSE). Now what?
Testing for recertification purposes requires a letter from the Canadian chiropractic regulatory body indicating components to be completed.

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 Component C exam results will be voided.


What are the photo requirements?
Please email a passport-style photo (not a photo of a photo) of yourself, taken within the last year. Your photo may be rejected if it does not meet the following requirements:

    • Photo must be a clear, close-up, full front view of your face.
    • Photo must be taken against a well-lit, 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 received by 4:00 PM Alberta Time on Application Deadline

Do you require my transcripts?
For each exam, we require your Chiropractic Program to fax or email a Letter of Eligibility or copy of a current Transcript confirming your cumulative GPA and expected date of graduation. This document must be received by 4pm Alberta Time on the application deadline. When a final transcript is received, it will apply to all future CCEB exams.

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 48 hours of receipt of application or correspondence. If you do not receive this confirmation, please contact us.


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

Can I pay by personal cheque?
Exams fees must be remitted via PayPal for online applications. No other form of payment is accepted.  If you choose to pay online via Pay Pal, the payment will be received by CCEB in Canadian funds. If a refund is given, that will also be processed in Canadian funds. Any exchange rate calculated by the payment processor or credit card company is the responsibility of the candidate.

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.

How do I apply for my licensing?
Once you have successfully completed all the CCEB exams and we have received a copy of your final transcript, your CCEB results will be emailed to all the Canadian chiropractic regulatory boards. You must contact these regulatory boards directly for licensing.

Can I get my money back if I cancel my application?
A full refund for exam fees will be issued if your application is cancelled prior to the application deadline. If you request a cancellation after the deadline and you can provide CCEB with documentation showing extenuating circumstances, you will receive a refund of your exam fee minus the $150.00 administration fee. There will be no refunds issued for no-shows or cancellations without supporting documentation.

Does a no-show or cancellation count as an attempt?
An attempt means that you entered the exam administration, registered, and cleared security; a no-show or cancellation does not count as an attempt.


How are exams selected?
Our exams are selected by our Exam Selection Committee. A group of practicing chiropractors meet regularly to review and select items from our exam banks to create our exams. Meetings of our Exam Selection Committee are facilitated by our psychometrician to ensure the selected exam items, in addition to being appropriate and relevant for entry-level practice, meet our specified exam blueprint.

How are exam questions developed?
The CCEB has regular meetings of our Item Writing Committees. Our Item Writing Committees consist of practicing chiropractors from across the country who have been trained in item writing. With the oversight of our psychometrician, they create, review, and finalize questions that are added to our exam banks for use on our exams. Our items are developed to be appropriate and relevant for entry-level practice according to the needs of professional chiropractic practice.
We do not have chiropractic college faculty members on our committees, but our committees are comprised of chiropractors who have graduated from chiropractic colleges from all over the world.

How are exam questions translated into French?
Our exam items are translated using a professional translator. Following the professional translation, our exam items are then reviewed by a translation committee that consists of practicing French chiropractors to ensure that the content is translated accurately to reflect chiropractic practice and terminology.

Who are the examiners for the Component C (OSCE) exam?
Our examiners in the Component C exam are practicing chiropractors from across the country who have graduated from various chiropractic schools all over the world. All our examiners have been in active practice for a minimum of three years and have undertaken training to become examiners. We recruit examiners for our francophone candidates who are fluent n French.

How are French exams constructed?
French chiropractors are involved in the item writing and review process. French exams are translated by professional translators. Following the professional translation, our exam items are then reviewed by translation committee that consists of practicing French chiropractors to ensure that the content is translated accurately to reflect chiropractic practice and terminology.

Who are the patients for the Component C (OSCE) exam?
The CCEB uses standardized patients as part of our Component C exam. The standardized patients we use are actors who are trained, and work, as Standardized patients for various regulated professions’ OSCE exams. We also use practicing chiropractors to act as the patients for some scenarios. Patients for our francophone candidates are fluent in French.

Why aren’t there more chiropractic tables used in the Component C (OSCE) exam?
The CCEB attempts to use portable chiropractic tables as much as possible in the Component C exam. We allocate the tables to stations where they are the most appropriate to be used. We are unable to provide chiropractic tables for all stations due the limited space in the exam rooms and logistics of the exam sites.

Would studying old CCEB exam questions help me?
CCEB exam questions are constantly created, revised, and retired. 
Additionally, CCEB examinations are copyright and are not retired, sold, or distributed for any purpose.  Any claim that you are receiving CCEB materials is either false or a breach of the CCEB copyright.

Can I trade exam days with a friend?
No, if your assigned candidate ID number and your government issued ID do not match the assigned registration time, you will not be permitted to enter the exam.

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 with which you registered with. If you have legally changed your name for any reason, we will require you to email notarized proof in support of the name change.


How do you score my exam?
See our results tab https://cceb.ca/results/

How is the pass score set?
See our results tab https://cceb.ca/results/

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

Can I see my mark?
Candidates are provided with a Successful or Unsuccessful result. Candidates who receive an unsuccessful result also receive a performance report to assist them in understanding their exam performance.  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.