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. A future-dated policy will not be accepted.

Email your application and all of the above supporting documents to registration@physiotherapyalberta.ca. All documents must be sent as an email attachment; documents embedded in the email are not accepted.

Documents you arrange another party to send directly to Physiotherapy Alberta

Costs

  • Application fee - $125
  • Liability insurance - $200 - $250
  • Regulatory history - at discretion of regulator
  • Criminal record check
    • Canada - $29+ tax
    • United States - $31 + tax
    • Other countries - range is $35 - $350. 
    • 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

  • In 2 business days, we will review your application and the supporting documents which are required to accompany your application to ensure the application is complete and the required documentation provided.  
    • If yes, we will start the application process and provide access to our Member Portal where you can monitor your application progress.
    • If no to either, we will not start the application process. You will be advised to reapply and provide complete supporting documentation.
  • In 4 business days, we will start to work on your application file. This includes reviewing your application and accompanying supporting documents in detail to ensure the registration requirement is met. We will also review any documents received directly from another party.
  • A status report is uploaded to your Member Portal.
  • Thereafter, any documents received from another party are dealt with in 6 business days.

We try to deal with applications and documents within the timelines noted above. 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.

Decision on a complete application

  • We should be able to approve your application in 1 - 2 business days once all registration requirements have been cleared/met unless there are extenuating circumstances.
  • Once approved, a practice permit is issued entitling you to practice as a physiotherapist in Alberta.
  • Your name will appear on the public registry enabling the public and employers, or 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.