Educated Outside of Canada

How to
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A 6-Step Guide for Internationally-Educated Physiotherapists

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Bridging Programs

Helping future candidates prepare for the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE) and successfully transition into the Canadian workforce once licensed.

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The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators

1243 Islington Avenue, Suite 501, Toronto, Ontario M8X 1Y9
Tel: 416-234-8800
Fax: 416- 234-8820

If you received your physiotherapy education or training outside of Canada and are not currently registered to practice, below are resources with information about how to become a physiotherapist in Canada and how to register in the province of Ontario.

To practice physiotherapy in Canada, you must be licensed by a regulatory College. Physiotherapy, also known as physical therapy, is a regulated profession in Canada. This means that by law you are required to be licensed to practice. The responsibility for licensing physiotherapists is held by provincial and territorial Regulatory Colleges. 

The First Step

The first step to becoming a registered physiotherapist in Ontario is to have your credentials assessed by the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR). CAPR is a credentialling and assessment agency that provides evaluation services for all of the regulatory Colleges in Canada.

Visit the CAPR website:

About Credentialling

For physiotherapists educated outside of Canada, credentialling is the process of evaluating documentary evidence to determine if your qualifications are substantially the same as Canadian entry-to-practice standards. 

Learn more about CAPR’s processes, language requirements, timing and costs associated with credentialling.

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Taking the Exam

After completing the credentialling process you will need to take the Physiotherapy Competency Exam. Exams are administered by the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR).

There are two parts. First you must successfully complete the Written Exam before you take the second component, the Clinical Exam. After completing the Written Exam you are eligible to apply for a Provisional Practice Certificate of registration with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario and can work under supervision while preparing for your Clinical Exam. This is optional. Learn more about applying for a Provisional Practice Certificate here.   

Learn more about the Physiotherapy Competency Exams, as well as the costs and typical overall timeline.

Learn More about Taking the Exam and Watch the CAPR Video

PCE Quick Facts

Getting Registered (or Licensed) to Practice Physiotherapy in Ontario

Learn more about the steps to register with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, after you have completed the credentialing process, and successfully completed your Exams.

Steps to Register with the College

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