Practice Hours

The College of Physiotherapists of Ontario is responsible for ensuring members maintain current knowledge and skills to practice safely and competently. The Registration Regulation measures this by making sure that anyone with an Independent Practice Certificate of Registration has worked at least 1,200 practice hours over the previous 5-year period.  
Each year at annual renewal you must declare the number of hours you practiced the previous year. Following each renewal period (April 2019 in this case), the College determines who has not met the 1,200 practice hours requirement and we follow up with each physiotherapist personally to discuss potential next steps.

Please note that it is not necessary to have the specific job title of Physiotherapist or Physical Therapist or PT to claim practice hours. Practice hours can be claimed from anywhere in the world.
Practice Hours Can Include Things Like:

  • Hours worked that you have been paid for (clinical settings, consultation, research, administration, academia or sales)
  • Professional activity/development hours (maximum 30 per year)
  • Professional activity hours include volunteer activity which requires the use of physiotherapy theory and knowledge, continuing education hours and/or participation         

*Please be aware that you cannot claim practice hours for any time when you are on vacation, sick leave or on other leaves of absence.

Practice Hours: Definitions

  • Direct Professional Services
  • Administration
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Clinical Education
  • All Other Areas

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