How to Become a Physiotherapist in Ontario

Physiotherapists in Ontario must complete a Masters degree in Canada. For individuals educated outside of Canada, their education is reviewed by the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators to ensure that it is substantially equivalent to the content of a Canadian physiotherapy program.

To use the title Physiotherapist, Physical Therapist or PT, you must be registered with the College. Learn more about how to apply

STEPS: How to Apply

  • Learn how to become a registered physiotherapist in Ontario.

Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy RegulatorS (CAPR)

  • Visit CAPR to learn more about credentialling, taking the Physiotherapy Competency Exam and the requirements to become a physiotherapist in Canada.

Timelines & Costs

  • Find out how much the process costs, how long it takes to become a registered physiotherapist in Ontario and view application flowcharts.

Provisional Practice & Physiotherapy Residents

  • Find out more about the Provisional Practice certificate of registration and how to become a Physiotherapy Resident.


  • The College of Physiotherapists of Ontario Practice Advisor provides free, anonymous advice to PT students and anyone applying to become a physiotherapist in Ontario.

ChecklistS, faqs and resources—aPPLICANTs

  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and a complete list of all necessary requirements to become a registered physiotherapist in Ontario.

Universities and bridging program

  • See a list of all Universities and Bridging Programs.

Rules & Resources

  • Learn more about the professional responsibilities of a physiotherapist and the physiotherapy rules and standards in Ontario.

Get Involved

  • Comment on consultations, join the Physiotherapist Partners Network and follow us on social media.


  • A MUST READ: The professional responsibilities of a physiotherapist.

Case of the month

  • Read real stories about physiotherapists who didn't follow the rules.

Fair registration practices

  • Learn more about the Fairness Commissioner.

Read the College Blog

Contact the Registration Team
416-591-3828 ext. 222
ext. 222

College of
Physiotherapists of Ontario
Attn: Registration Team
375 University Ave.
Suite 800
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 2J5

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Nov 26, 2018

College Events: Join Us in Mississauga, Hamilton, North York, Ottawa and Richmond Hill!

An Open Conversation with the College Practice Advisor

Join Us for Good Food and Informed Conversation

The College launched eight new or updated Standards this year so this is the perfect time for a refresher for all physiotherapists, as well as students and physiotherapist assistants. The Practice Advisor will open with a short presentation touching on key elements of two new Standards: the Boundaries and Sexual Abuse Standard and the Providing or Refusing Care Standard.

Then it's over to you! The College Practice Advisor is looking forward to hearing your experiences, answering your questions and providing you with advice on how to manage tough situations. No question is off limits! 

Come hungry as food and refreshments will be served! 

Check out the list of locations and register for an event near you: 

2018–2019 Community Events