Registration is mandatory. To practice as a physiotherapist in Alberta and use the titles physiotherapist or physical therapist, or abbreviation PT, an individual must be registered with Physiotherapy Alberta. 

The information in this guide is for Canadian educated applicants who have completed the Physiotherapy Competency Examination but are not currently registered in Canada.

The criteria you must meet to be registered on the General Register.

Education

Degree from an accredited Canadian physiotherapy program.

Examination

Passed the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE).

Experience

Only applicable if you completed the PCE more than 3 years ago. Worked 1200 hours as a physiotherapist during the last 5 years. You may include hours you provided physiotherapy services (assessment, diagnosis, treatment), engaged in research and administration or delivered education with respect to health services delivery and the science, techniques and practice of physiotherapy.

Language

Reasonably proficient in the English language to be able to safely and competently practice as a physiotherapist. (Physiotherapy education in English or completing the PCE in English are 2 ways to meet the language requirement. If not one of these contact registration staff to discuss other options.)

Character + reputation

Are of good character and reputation. There is no past or present behavior or conduct that would put the Alberta public at risk.

Liability insurance

You personally hold professional liability insurance in the amount of $5 million to ensure coverage whereever you practice as a physiotherapist in Alberta, regardless of role or employment environment.

Apply to be registered

To apply to be registered you must submit a completed application form with the required documents including fees. There are two types of documents. Those you submit directly to Physiotherapy Alberta and those that you arrange another party to send directly to Physiotherapy Alberta.

Documents you send directly to Physiotherapy Alberta:

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

  • Education. Official transcripts from the university to confirm your physiotherapy degree has been awarded.
  • Character + reputation. Regulatory Reference from each jurisdiction where you were registered, licensed or practiced as a physiotherapist, or another regulated professional, for the last 5 years of your practice.
  • Language. Only required if your physiotherapy education was not in English. Verification Request Form from The Alliance to verify you completed the PCE in English.

All Physiotherapy Alberta forms are in PDF format which allows you to:

  1. Download the form.

  2. Fill in the form electronically, except your signature. You must print the form before signing. 

  3. Save the completed form in case you need to make changes (works only if you complete the downloaded version).

Email your completed form(s) to registration@physiotherapyalberta.ca.

What to expect after you apply

  • Email within 3 business days to confirm your application is received.
  • Access to an online site where you can monitor your application and registration status.
  • Email from registration staff if a matter requires further review.

To ensure fair and equitable treatment of all applicants, applications are dealt with in the order received. Application files are typically assessed by staff, however, the Registrar may refer any matter to the Registration Committee to consider.

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

  • Your application will be considered and a decision normally made within 5* business days.
  • If approved, practice permit issued entitling you to practice as a physiotherapist in Alberta.
  • Your name to appear on the member register enabling the public and employers to verify your registration status.

Applications may also be deferred, refused, or conditions imposed 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.

*To the extent possible a decision on your complete application file will be made within 5 business days, however, it may take longer during our peak time (August, September and October).

Fees paid to Physiotherapy Alberta - College + Association

Collected at time file is complete, based on date of registration and for a practice permit to the end of the current registration year, e.g., September 30, 2017.

   
Application fee $118
Practice permit fee (applying for registration between Oct 1 and Mar 31) $765
Practice permit fee (applying for registration between Apr 1 and  Sep 30) $582

Fees paid to another party

Transcripts At discretion of university
Regulatory reference At discretion of regulator
Liability insurance $200 - $250

Timelines

Transcripts At discretion of university
Regulatory reference At discretion of regulator
Liability insurance At discretion of insurance provider
Decision on complete file Approx. 5 business days

Physiotherapists are autonomous health professionals accountable for their conduct and practice. As such, you are required to personally hold professional liability insurance to ensure coverage whereever you practice as a physiotherapist in Alberta, regardless of role or employment environment. The amount of coverage you must have is $5 million per occurrence/patient and $5 million minimum for the policy year.

Liability insurance is offered through a variety of providers. We've included a link to insurance programs providing coverage to the majority of Alberta physiotherapists. Not all policies offer the same coverage.

You are responsible for reviewing each policy and making an informed decision. Physiotherapy Alberta does not endorse a specific product or validate the information contained within each vendor’s website.

Physiotherapy Alberta collects information from members for regulatory purposes. This includes determining eligibility for registration, maintaining the member register and implementing the investigation and discipline process. The information is also used to support activities that further Physiotherapy Alberta’s mandate to protect the public interest (e.g., workforce planning and research that promotes innovative, quality physiotherapist care). Physiotherapy Alberta keeps complete registration files for 10 years following removal from the register.

Who do we share your information with?

Information on the Register of Members must be disclosed to the public upon request. This includes your name, registration number, registration status, conditions imposed on your practice permit, current or previous employment information (e.g., employer’s name and address), whether you are authorized to independently perform an advanced restricted activity, and conduct findings on record. Members of the public may access information on the register by contacting Physiotherapy Alberta directly or through our online register

Under the Health Professions Act, Physiotherapy Alberta is required by law to provide demographic, education and practice information to the Minister of Health and Wellness for health workforce planning purposes.

Physiotherapy Alberta will share member contact information (i.e., name, address, phone, email) with researchers conducting a study that will further our mandate to protect the public interest by promoting innovative, quality physiotherapy care. The data may not be used for commercial purposes and can only be used once and not reproduced or passed on to others. 

You have the option on the initial application form or online account to request that Physiotherapy Alberta not share your contact information with researchers.

Physiotherapy Alberta may disclose information that is summarized or in a statistical form so that it is not possible to relate the information to any particular identifiable person.

How can you access and correct your information?

You may access and correct most information through your online account. Information that may not be changed online must be brought to the attention of registration staff.

Who should you contact for more information?

Contact Physiotherapy Alberta’s privacy officer if you have questions about the collection, use and disclosure of your information. 780.438.0338 or info@physiotherapyalberta.ca.