What is Provisional Practice?

Provisional Practice is a category of registration that allows physiotherapy students who have successfully completed the written part of the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE) and are waiting to complete the clinical component to work under supervision.

Learn about the Provisional Practice Supervision Requirements 

Provisional Practice Requirements

  • The applicant must have a degree in physiotherapy/physical therapy.
  • The applicant must have successfully completed the written component of the Physiotherapy Competency Exam and be registered for the next available clinical component of the Physiotherapy Competency Exam.
  • The applicant must not have failed the clinical component of the exam previously.
  • If the applicant intends to provide patient care, he or she must hold professional liability insurance that meets the requirements laid out in the College By-laws.

Read more: Liability Insurance


Terms, Conditions and Limitations

  • That the Provisional Practice certificate holder must only practise physiotherapy under the monitoring of an Independent Practice certificate holder.
  • That the Provisional Practice certificate is time-limited and will expire. If the applicant is successful in the clinical component of the Physiotherapy Competency Exam he or she must, within twelve weeks of completing the exam, apply for an Independent Practice certificate. 

Title: Physiotherapy Resident, PT resident, Interne en physiothérapie, Interne Pht

The Physiotherapy Resident is issued a registration number entitling him or her to perform controlled acts (if rostered), bill for physiotherapy services and complete client records. Physiotherapy Residents are accountable to the College for their actions.

Fees:

  • $75 Registration Fee


Questions?

Contact the Registration team at registration@collegept.org or 416-591-3828 ext. 222 or 1-800-583-5885 ext. 222

 

Applying for a Provisional Practice Certificate of Registration

As of April 2017, you do not require a Supervisor or employment site to apply for a Provisional Practice Certificate.

Apply for a Provisional Practice Certificate of Registration

Provisional Practice—Supervision Overview
Flow Chart: Processing Your Application for a Provisional Practice Certificate of Registration

If you need assistance or have questions, please contact the Registration Team at registration@collegept.org or call 1-800-583-5885 ext. 222.

The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators can send verification about your credentialing and/or your exam status to the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario within 10 business days of receiving your Verification Request Form.

FAQs: Provisional Practice

  • I am a new graduate and I want to register as a physiotherapy resident. How do I apply to the College?

  • When does my Provisional Practice certificate expire?

  • Do I need to have an offer of employment pending?

  • Can I submit an application for a Provisional Practice certificate of registration even if I have no practice supervisor?

  • What happens if I find out that I failed the clinical exam? Should I stop practicing immediately?

  • How much does it cost to apply for a Provisional Practice certificate of registration?

  • Does my practice supervisor have to have three years of experience as a physiotherapist in Ontario?

  • Do I need to submit my application in person?

  • How long will it take to approve my application?

  • What should I do if I need to change my supervisor?

  • Can a Physiotherapist Resident roster for Authorized Activities?