Independent Practice Certificate

Steps to apply for the First Time for an independent practice certificate in Ontario

Apply if  you have: 

  • never held an Independent Practice Certificate in Ontario
  • don't currently hold a Provisional Practice Certificate in Ontario and

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

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

Submit a 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.

Step 3

Apply to the College:

Visit the PT Portal to apply. Click on "Apply for Registration".

PT Member 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.

View Public Register

Step 5

College Email

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

Step 6

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 7

Registration Confirmation or Referral to the Registration Committee

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.

Learn More about the Registration Committee Process