Independent Practice Certificate -
For physiotherapists currently registered in another Canadian province or territory

Steps to apply for an independent practice certificate in Ontario

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Step 1

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

Step 2

Apply Online

Visit the Online Member Portal to complete the application. Click on Apply for Registration at the top of the webpage. Be sure to attach all required documents.

Online Member Portal

Step 3

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.


Step 4

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 5

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 6

If you have met the College’s requirements your pro-rated 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 can take approximately 8-10 weeks. The Registration team will contact you to advise you on the next steps.

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