Provisional Practice Certificate

For Physiotherapy Residents

Applying for Provisional Practice Certificate of Registration

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

Questions? Contact or 1-800-583-5885 ext. 222.

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

Complete the Regulatory History Form (if applicable)

If you have practiced physiotherapy outside of Ontario or Canada, you will need to submit a completed Regulatory History Form to the College from each jurisdiction where you have been registered. Timing should be considered as forms must be dated within 6 months of applying to the College.

Regulatory History Form Contact Registration

Step 3

Register for the PCE—Clinical

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:

  1. Visit the PT Portal. Click on Apply for Registration at the top of the webpage.
  2. Upload 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).
  3. 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.

PT Portal Learn More about Practice Supervision

Step 5

Get Professional Liability Insurance

Getting professional liability insurance 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 6

Application Reviewed

Within 15 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 the proposed Supervisor to log in to the PT Portal to complete the 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.

Access the PT Portal

Step 7

Additional Documentation May be Required

You will be notified by email if we require additional documents to complete your application. Once received, you can expect your certificate to be issued within 5 business days.

Step 8

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

NOTE: 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.

Public Register

For additional information or to request materials in an alternative format, please contact Communications at or call 1-800-583-5885 ext. 234 or 416-591-3828 ext. 234.