Registration Categories Overview

There are three categories of registration for practising physiotherapists. Follow the steps for an overview of each registration category, a description of the requirements to gain the certificate, the terms, conditions and limitations of the certificate and the titles those certificate holders are eligible to use.



Links to application forms and information sheets are provided for each category.

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Independent Practice

Independent Practice is the general registration category. Registrants holding this practice certificate may practice independently if they choose. 

Requirements*

  • The applicant must have a degree in physiotherapy/physical therapy
  • The applicant must have successfully completed the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE) or have been registered as a physiotherapist in a Canadian jurisdiction on December 30, 1993 or be currently registered with a full/unrestricted certification of registration/license in another Canadian jurisdiction
  • The applicant must have practiced physiotherapy for 1200 hours in the previous five years, unless the applicant has completed the PCE in the previous five years
  • If the applicant intends to provide patient care, he or she must hold professional liability insurance that meets the requirements laid out in the College By-laws

Terms, Conditions and Limitations

  • Five years after the certificate is issued and every year after that at renewal, the registrant must have practiced for 1,200 hours in the previous five years or successfully completed the College Review Program (CRP) or PCE in the previous twelve months. Registrants who wish to complete the CRP or PCE must do so at their own expense.
  • Registrants are required to successfully complete the Jurisprudence Education Program at the next available opportunity after initial registration or reinstatement of registration and every five years after.
Title: Physiotherapist, Physical Therapist, PT, Physiothérapeute, Pht

Fees:

  • $595 Annual Registration Fee
  • $100 Application Fee

For holders of a Current Provisional Practice Certificate or Provisional Practice with Restrictions Certificate. If you have passed the Physiotherapy Competency Exam or an equivalent and wish to use the title of physiotherapist or physical therapist in Ontario, you are required to hold an Independent Practice certificate.

Independent Practice Application Package
Independent Practice Application Package for Past Members (Form and Guide)
Application for Moving to Independent Practice from Provisional Practice

Provisional Practice

Provisional Practice Requirements

  • The applicant must have a degree in physiotherapy/physical therapy.
  • The applicant must have successfully completed the written component of the Physiotherapy Competency Exam and be registered for the next available clinical component of the Physiotherapy Competency Exam.
  • The applicant must not have failed the clinical component of the exam previously.
  • If the applicant intends to provide patient care, he or she must hold professional liability insurance that meets the requirements laid out in the College By-laws.

Terms, Conditions and Limitations

  • That the Provisional Practice certificate holder must only practise physiotherapy under the monitoring of an Independent Practice certificate holder.
  • That the Provisional Practice certificate is time-limited and will expire. If the applicant is successful in the clinical component of the Physiotherapy Competency Exam he or she must, within twelve weeks of completing the exam, apply for an Independent Practice certificate. 

Title: Physiotherapy Resident, PT resident, Interne en physiothérapie, Interne Pht

Fees:

  • $75 Registration Fee
  • $100 Application Fee

Contact the Registration team at registration@collegept.org or 416-591-3828 ext. 222 or 1-800-583-5885 ext. 222.

How to Apply for a Provisional Practice Certificate of Registration

Below are all of the documents you will need to apply for Provisional Practice Certificate of Registration. Read all of the information carefully and complete each required form. Include the Checklist when you submit your application.

As of April 2017, you do not require a Supervisor or employment site to apply for a Provisional Practice Certificate.

1 - Provisional Practice Certificate of Registration Application Form
2 - Provisional Practice—Credit Card Payment Authorization Form
3 - Provisional Practice Application Checklist
4 - Practice Supervision Agreement
5 - Provisional Practice—Supervision Overview
6 - Frequently Asked Questions for Provisional Practice Applicants
7 - Flow Chart: Processing Your Application for a Provisional Practice Certificate of Registration

If you need assistance or have questions, please contact the Registration Team at registration@collegept.org or call 1-800-583-5885 ext. 222.

The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators can send verification about your credentialing and/or your exam status to the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario within 10 business days of receiving your Verification Request Form.

Courtesy Registration

Courtesy Registration is a temporary registration certificate that allows registered/licensed physiotherapists from other jurisdictions to:

  • teach an educational course, or
  • participate in an education program, or
  • participate in research activities, or
  • participate in a specific event of limited duration.

Requirements

  • The applicant must have a degree in physiotherapy/physical therapy.
  • The applicant is registered/licensed to practise physiotherapy/physical therapy in a jurisdiction outside Ontario.
  • The applicant must be current in their practice and have a minimum of 1,200 practice hours within the previous five years.
  • The event is less than 30 days long.
  • The applicant must have professional liability insurance that meets the College guidelines.

 

Terms, Conditions and Limitations

The holder may practise physiotherapy only for the purpose that he or she has indicated as the reason for making the application for the courtesy certificate of registration.

The certificate expires 30 days after the date of initial registration, on the date on which the purpose is attained or when the member is no longer engaged in attaining that purpose, whichever is the earliest.

Title: Physiotherapist, Physical Therapist, PT, Physiothérapeute, Pht

Fees: $100 Application Fee

Courtesy Registration Form and Guide

Courtesy Registration Application Form and Guide

Please contact Registration at registration@collegept.org for further information.

Independent Practice—Extended Access with Restrictions

 

This Certificate of Registration is available to physiotherapists who currently practice in another Canadian province but who wish to provide care to patients in Ontario, whether through tele-rehabilitation or in person.

Holders of this certificate may only provide care to Ontario patients for the purpose of continuing to provide care for those whose physiotherapy began in another province and who would benefit from continued and time-limited service in Ontario or where services are not available in Ontario but would benefit patients.

The application fee of $100 CAD is charged when you apply. The $100 registration fee is charged when a certificate of registration is issued. The annual renewal fee is $100 CAD.

Independent Practice—Extended Access with Restrictions Application Form

Independent Practice—Extended Access with Restrictions Frequently Asked Questions

Independent Practice—Extended Access with Restrictions Application Process Flowchart

Independent Practice—Extended Access with Restrictions Checklist

Credit Card Authorization Payment Form

Applications

Applications for registration in the Independent Practice and Provisional Practice category
must include the Category-specific form and any additional documents required.

Rationale for Registration Requirements

The requirements for registration in Ontario are provided in the College’s General Regulation: Part III: Registration.

If you want to know more about the requirements to become registered to practice as a physiotherapist in Ontario and why each is necessary, read Rationale for Registration Requirements.

For more information, contact:

registration@collegept.org