Registration on the Courtesy Register is available to physiotherapists currently registered in another jurisdiction requiring temporary entry to Alberta for the following purposes.

Visiting instructor

Visiting learner

Visiting clinician

  • Providing professional services directly to the public:
    • at a sporting event (physiotherapists traveling with a group (e.g., sports team) and providing services only to that contingent do not need to be registered)
    • during a major public health event (e.g., pandemic)
    • providing cross-border physiotherapy

Apply to be registered

To apply to be registered on the Courtesy Register you must submit a completed application form with the required documents. Use the checklist to ensure all required documents are submitted.

Documents you send directly to Physiotherapy Alberta:

  • Application. The form you submit to start the registration process. Read the instructions before completing.
  • Identification. Documents to confirm your identity.
  • Liability insurance if applying as a Visiting Clinician. Certificate of Insurance with a current effective date. Your application cannot be approved before the effective date of your insurance policy so ensure your policy is not future dated or it will delay the application process.  

Take a few minutes to review your application and supporting documents to ensure they are complete and legible before submitting. Having to resubmit documents will substantially delay the application process.

Email your application and supporting documents to registration@physiotherapyalberta.ca.

Documents you arrange another party to send directly to Physiotherapy Alberta.

Costs

  • Application fee - $122
  • Liability insurance - $200 - $250
  • Regulatory history - at discretion of regulator
  • Criminal record check
    • Canada - $29+ tax
    • Australia - $92 + tax
    • Czech Republic - $287
    • India - $59 + tax
    • United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) - $79
    • United States - $31 + tax
    • The cost of other country checks unknown
    • Note: These are estimates only and can vary depending on circumstances, e.g., number of searches within a country, complexity of search, local fees, delay in processing. 

What to expect after you apply

  • An email in 4 business days with access to our Member Portal where you can monitor your application progress.
  • 6 business days for staff to deal with registration documents from the time received.
  • Our main way to communicate with applicants is the Member Portal. From the Member Portal you will see when each registration requirement is cleared or whether you must provide additional information.

Registration documents and emails from all applicants and member are placed in a queue and dealt with in the order received. This includes criminal record checks and resubmitted documents. We try to deal with them in 6 business days. However, processing may take longer when there is a high volume.

Applications files are typically assessed by staff, however, the Registrar may refer any matter to the Registration Committee to consider which will delay the application process.

What to expect when Physiotherapy Alberta determines your application file is complete

  • Unless there are extenuating circumstances, we are able to approve your application in 1 - 2 business days once all registration requirements have been cleared/met.
  • If approved, practice permit issued entitling you to practice as a physiotherapist in Alberta limited to the purpose for which you applied.
  • Your name to appear on the member register enabling the public, employers, course organizers to verify your registration status.

Applications may also be deferred, refused, or conditions imposes if it is in the best interest of the public. Decisions or actions taken by Physiotherapy Alberta can be reviewed by the provincial Ombudsman in accordance with the Ombudsman Act.