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.

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Recent Updates

Dec 18, 2018

College Announces Rod Hamilton as Registrar



The College of Physiotherapists of Ontario is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Rod Hamilton as Registrar of the College, effective December 18, 2018.

Rod brings a wealth of knowledge to this role. With more than 20 years of progressive experience working in professional health regulation, he has a focus on policy analysis, content expertise, communications, strategic planning and the development of innovative approaches to managing change. He has been acting as Interim Registrar at the College since September 2018.

“We are thrilled to formally appoint Mr. Rod Hamilton as Registrar,” says Gary Rehan, College President. “Throughout his tenure at the College, Rod has been instrumental in developing and implementing countless key initiatives and has been an integral part of the senior management team. We are confident that under his leadership the College will continue to meet and exceed our organization’s obligation to protect the public interest.”

Rod has been employed at the College since 1997 as a Director, Senior Advisor and Associate Registrar. He facilitated the development of key changes to the Physiotherapy Act, implemented significant changes to the College’s operations as a direct result of changes made to the Regulated Health Professions Act, and worked on amendments to the Health Care Consent Act.

“I am delighted that Council asked me to take on this new role,” says Rod. “With their support and the help of my wonderful staff, I know we can promote the public interest through increased accountability and transparency and engage the public and our members in the College’s activities.”

Rod holds a Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Sociology and Anthropology from Mount Allison University along with a Masters of Information Management from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters of Health Management from Charles Sturt University. Prior to joining the College, he worked as a Senior Policy Advisor at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

Please join us in welcoming Rod to his new role.

Gary Rehan, PT
President, College of Physiotherapists of Ontario