Provisional Practice Certificate

Steps for applying for a Certificate of Registration and to become a Physiotherapy Resident

If you have you successfully completed the written portion of the PCE and are registered to take the next available clinical component of the PCE.

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Step 1

Contact the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR)

  • Complete their requirements
  • Register for the Written Component of the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE)

Contact CAPR

Step 2

If you have practiced physiotherapy outside of Ontario, Canada, you will need to submit Letters of Professional Standing from each jurisdiction where you have been registered. This sometimes causes a delay. Timing should be considered since letters must be dated within 6 months of your application to the College.

Contact Registration

Step 3

Once you successfully complete the Physiotherapy Competency Exam—Written and receive your results from the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR), register for the next available Physiotherapy Competency Exam—Clinical.

Register for Physiotherapy Competency Exam

Step 4

Prepare Your Application to become a Physiotherapy Resident:

  • Download and complete all relevant forms including the Checklist and Payment Authorization Form.
  • Attach all required documents including your email from the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) confirming that you are registered for the clinical component of the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE).
  • Arrange for a potential Supervisor to be your Practice Supervisor ensuring they meet the College’s requirements.
  • Note: you can register without a Supervisor, but you will not be able to practice.

Registration Forms

Learn More about Practice Supervision

Step 5

Send your application to the College by email, fax, post, or hand deliver.

  • Email:
  • Phone: 416-591-3828 ext. 222 or 1-800-583-5885 ext. 222.
  • Fax: 416-591-3834
  • Mailing address: 375 University Ave. Suite 800, Toronto ON M5G 2J5

Contact Registration

Step 6

Get professional liability insurance—this is mandatory before providing patient care.

If you don’t have professional liability insurance or if your coverage does not meet the College’s requirements a condition will be placed on your certificate and the Public Register will indicate that you cannot provide direct patient care.

Learn more about Professional Liability Insurance

Step 7

Within 5 business days of receiving an application the College will send you an email to let you know that your application has been reviewed and whether or not it is complete. An application is complete when all information, payment and documents (including Letters of Professional Standing if applicable) have been received.

  • A $100 fee is charged to review the application
  • During the review process the College will assess your proposed Supervisor’s eligibility and if eligible we will email them the Supervision Overview and Supervision Agreement.
  • It is not mandatory to have a Supervisor in place in order to be issued a certificate of registration, however, a condition will be placed on your certificate that restricts you from providing direct patient care until you do have a Supervisor. This information will appear on the Public Register.

Step 8

Once we inform you that your application is complete, we begin the process of reviewing whether it meets the registration requirements.This process takes up to 10 business days.

Step 9

If you have met the College’s requirements your $75 registration fee will be charged and your registration number will be issued. You will receive an email confirming this. If you have not met the College’s requirements your application will be referred to the Registration Committee. This process takes approximately 8-10 weeks. The Registration team will contact you to advise you on the next steps.

Learn More: Registration Committee


When your certificate of registration is issued you will be advised of the expiry date, it is usually 12 weeks after the date of the clinical component of the PCE—you will also find this date on the Public Register. Once your certificate has expired you cannot practice physiotherapy until you apply for and are issued an Independent Practice certificate.