New Certificate of Registration—

For Returning Independent Practice Certificate Holders Who Were Previously Registered in Ontario

Steps to apply for a new certificate of registration

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

Step 1

Practice Hours

Unless you have successfully completed the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE) within the last 5 years, you must have accumulated the required number of practice hours over the previous 5 years (1,200 hours).

If you have been out of practice for more than 5 years, you will not have met the requirement and your application will be referred to Registration Committee. The Committee will determine what equivalent requirements are required and if you have the knowledge, skills and judgement to practice.

  • There is no need to report practice hours that are already included on your College record.
  • Please note that practice hours are tracked based on the calendar year, January to December.

Step 2

Regulatory History Form

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

Prepare Your Application Online

Please contact the College at or 1-800-583-5885 ext. 222 for assistance on how to create an account in the PT Portal. You will need to create an account in order to apply for registration. 

Contact the Registration Team PT Portal

Step 4

Get Professional Liability Insurance

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.

Step 5

Application Review

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

Step 6

Review for Registration Requirements

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 7

Email Confirmation: Referral to the Registration Committee

If you have met the legislative requirements, your pro-rated registration fee will be charged. You will receive an email confirming this. If it appears 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.

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