Independent Practice Certificate

Steps to apply for an independent practice certificate in Ontario

If you have: 

  • never held an Independent Practice Certificate in Ontario

  • don't currently hold a Provisional Practice Certificate in Ontario and

  • are not currently registered in another Canadian province or territory

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Step 1

Contact the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) and successfully complete the written and clinical components of the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE). 

Contact Canadian Alliance Physiotherapy Regulators 

Step 2

If you have practiced physiotherapy outside of Canada, please send in a Letter of Professional Standing to the College.
Timing should be considered as letters must be dated within 6 months of applying to the College.

Step 3

Apply to the College:

  • Download and complete all relevant forms including the Checklist and Payment Authorization.
  • Attach all required documents including your email from Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) confirming that you are registered for the clinical component of the Physiotherapy Competency Exam. 

Download Forms

Step 4

Send your application to the College by email, fax, mail, 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 5

Get professional liability insurance—this is mandatory before providing patient

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.

View Public Register

Step 6

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 7

Once your application is complete, we review whether it meets the registration requirements; if it is approved for processing you can expect your certificate to be issued within 10 business days.

Step 8

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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