What is Provisional Practice Supervision?

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A person who has successfully completed the Written Component of the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE Exam) and has registered to take the next available sitting of the Clinical Component of the PCE can apply for a Provisional Practice Certificate of Registration. This enables them to work as a Physiotherapy Resident. The applicant is required to find one or more physiotherapists who will act as their Practice Supervisor.

Once the College has approved a Practice Supervisor, it requires them to sign a Practice Supervision Agreement with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. The College must receive the agreement before the Physiotherapy Resident can provide patient care.

There are two other situations in which a Practice Supervisor must complete a new agreement:

  • When a Physiotherapy Resident has only one Supervisor and wants to change Supervisors, they cannot practice until the College receives this agreement and approves the Practice Supervisor.
  • When a Physiotherapy Resident has more than one Practice Supervisor and wants to change
    or add a Supervisor, they can continue to practice while the new Supervisor completes the agreement.


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  • Who can be a Supervisor
  • How many people they can supervise
  • How long the application process takes
  • What is expected of the Supervisor
  • and More...

Frequently Asked Questions About Supervision

  • Who Can be a Practice Supervisor?

  • What Does the College Expect from a Supervisor?

  • What is an Appropriate Level of Supervision?

  • What Records Should a Supervisor Keep?

  • When do Supervisors have to report to the College?

  • 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?

  • I was unable to take the clinical component of the PCE exam because of illness or a death in my family. Can the College extend my Provisional Practice certificate?

  • I am applying to the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators for reconsideration of my exam results. If approved, what should be my next steps to keep my Provisional Practice certificate?

  • How much will it cost to get a second Provisional Practice certificate?