How to Roster for Controlled Acts


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Rostering for a controlled act is the process where physiotherapists add their names to a list indicating they have the required training, education and experience to safely perform the higher risk activity. It is requirement for any physiotherapists performing or delegating these activities (not all can be delegated).  

Physiotherapists must roster for each of the authorized activities or controlled acts they perform in their practice. Rostering must be completed online and is mandatory for any physiotherapist doing these identified authorized activities under their own authority. 
The only exception is communicating a diagnosis. This activity does not require rostering as it is considered an essential competency for PTs.

Rostering information is available to the public on the Public Register and appears on each PTs profile.

Physiotherapists must roster if they perform:

  • tracheal suctioning 
  • spinal manipulation 
  • acupuncture (including dry needling)
  • treating a wound below the dermis 
  • assessing or rehabilitating pelvic musculature and
  • administering a substance by inhalation 
  • working with a physiotherapist assistant (see the specific requirements for this activity below) 

Rostering to Work with Physiotherapist Assistants (PTAs)

Physiotherapists are now required to roster if they work with physiotherapist assistants. In choosing to roster, you are confirming that you have read the Working with Physiotherapist Assistants Standard and you understand your professional obligations when working with assistants. 

If you are working with physiotherapist assistants and need to roster, you can email and advise that you are now working with PTAs. The Registration Team will take care of the rest. Please note that you cannot do this yourself in the Portal.

You are NOT required to have specific training or education related to working with assistants. You are also agreeing to contact the College if you no longer work with physiotherapist assistants.

A Bit of History about Authorized Activities, Controlled Acts and Rostering

Physiotherapists were granted the authority to perform additional authorized activities because of changes to the Physiotherapy Act in 2011. With the increased privilege to perform these specific activities came an increased responsibility to demonstrate to the public and patients that physiotherapists provide safe, quality care. To support this, Council directed the College to introduce a rostering system.

Rostering for communicating a diagnosis is not necessary as it is considered an essential competency for physiotherapists. Rostering for diagnostic activities such as ordering a prescribed form of energy, x-ray investigations and specified laboratory tests is not in effect at this time as the College is awaiting approval of the  Regulated Health Professions Act, the Healing Arts Radiation Protection Act and the Laboratory and Specimen Collection Centre Licensing Act. Unfortunately, the College has no authority to change these regulations. 

Please note that in August 2011, the Standard of Professional Practice: Controlled Acts was replaced by the Controlled Acts and Other Restricted Activities Standard

How to Roster Using the Online System

Rostering Steps

  • Step 1

  • Step 2

  • Step 3

  • Step 4

  • Step 5

  • Step 6

Questions About Rostering?

Contact the College at 
or call 1-800-583-5885 ext. 222

Roster Using Online System
Visit the Public Register
Read the Standard: Performing Controlled Acts