Under the Health Professions Act, to practice as a physiotherapist and use the titles physiotherapist or physical therapist or abbreviation PT you must be registered and have a valid practice permit. Practice permits issued to members on the General Register expire September 30 and must be renewed annually.

Online renewal is now closed for members on the General Register to renew their practice permit for the 2016/2017 registration year (October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017).  Online renewal for the 2017/2018 registration year will open in August 2017.

 

Six tips to make renewing quick and easy:

Know your User ID and password

Your User ID is your registration number. You can find your registration number using our online public register. If you can't remember your password you will need to use the request password feature on the login page.

Renew your liability insurance policy

You must renew your liability insurance policy before renewing your practice permit as you must provide details of your insurance in place October 1, 2017 and beyond.

Complete your Reflective Practice Review activities

The activities you need to complete will depend on when you were admitted to the General Register.

Group 1: Members admitted to the General Register before Apr 1, 2016:

  • Complete your Learning Planner + Tracker (referred to as Implementation in the online platform). Ensure you have completed and recorded the learning activities you identified in last year’s Learning Plan. Provide a comprehensive description of the impact of your learning and indicate which two areas your reflection relates to.
  • Complete the Patient Care Reflection if in clinical practice.
  • Review your archived Self-assessment and update as needed. Review for any competencies previously flagged but not acted upon that could form the basis for your new learning goal.
  • Start your next Learning Plan. Describe your next learning goal and identify at least three learning activities which will enable you to achieve your learning goal. The target completion date for your learning activities must be before September 30, 2018.

Group 2: Members admitted to the General Register between Apr 1, 2016 and Mar 31, 2017:

  • Complete the Patient Care Reflection if in clinical practice.
  • Complete the Self-assessment.
  • Complete your Learning Plan. Describe your learning goal and identify at least three learning activities which will enable you to achieve your learning goal. The target completion date for your learning activities must be before September 30, 2018.

Group 3: Members admitted to the General Register between Apr 1, 2017 and Sep 30, 2017:

  • You are exempt from participating in the Reflective Practice Review activities until October 1, 2017. 

Go to the Continuing Competence Program section for more information and resources.

Calculate your practice hours

Calculate the hours will worked from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017. You may estimate the hours until September 30, 2017 so you may renew now. Contact Physiotherapy Alberta in October if the reported estimated hours need to be changed. Practice hours can include physiotherapy services provided (assessment, diagnosis, treatment) or hours engaged in research, delivering education or administration with respect to health services delivery and the science, techniques and practice of physiotherapy. If you do not meet the practice hour requirement of 1,200 hours during the previous 5 registration years you may not renew online. Contact Physiotherapy Alberta for renewal instructions.

Ensure My Profile is up-to-date

Ensure your contact details, employment, education, and registration in another jurisdiction is accurate in My Profile. You will need to declare through the online renewal process that it is.  

Payment

You may pay fees by MasterCard or Visa. You may also pay by cheque but make sure you allow enough time for payment to arrive at Physiotherapy Alberta's office before September 16 otherwise the $118 late fee will be applied.

Renewal applications are assessed to determine that the following requirements are met:

Liability insurance

You continue to hold personal professional liability insurance in the amount of $5 million on any patient and $5 million minimum for the policy year which extends to all areas of your practice in Alberta. 

Experience

You have either practiced 1,200 hours as a physiotherapist during the last 5 years or graduated/completed the Physiotherapy Competency Examination within the previous 3 years. Hours can include physiotherapy services provided (assessment, diagnosis, treatment), hours engaged in research and administration or delivered education with respect to health services delivery and the science, techniques and practice of physiotherapy.

Continuing competence

You don't need to submit your completed forms but you do need to report on completed activities.

Group 1: Members admitted to the General Register before Apr 1, 2016

  • The key competency your learning goal is based on.
  • The two areas impacted by your learning.

Group 2: Members admitted to the General Register between Apr 1, 2016 and Mar 31, 2017

  • The key competency your learning goal is base on.

Character and reputation

You are of good character and reputation. There is no behaviour or conduct that would put the Alberta public at risk.

Fees are paid

The practice permit fee for the 2017/2018 registration year is $765. An additional $118 late fee is applied on all renewal applications received, or completed, after September 15. 

At their June 2016 meeting, Council approved a 2% (+ or -) fee increase for the 2016/2017 registration year. The practice permit fee is $765 and the late fee at $118.

  • The fee for renewal applications received and approved before midnight September 15, 2016 is $765.
  • The fee for renewal applications received and approved after September 15, 2016 is $883 (practice permit and late fee).
  • The fees are non-refundable and must be paid in full whether you intend to practice for the entire registration year or only a portion.  

You may pay fees by MasterCard, Visa or cheque. However, if paying by cheque make sure you allow enough time for payment to arrive at Physiotherapy Alberta's office before September 16, otherwise the $118 late fee will be applied.

You will receive payment confirmation via email after payment is made online. You will also receive an official tax receipt from Physiotherapy Alberta along with your mailed practice permit.

Practice permits issued to members on the General Register expire September 30, 2017 and must be renewed for the upcoming registration year (October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018).

  • Complete renewal applications must be received before September 16, 2017 otherwise the $118 late fee will be applied. 
  • Submitting your renewal application does not mean that it has been approved. Physiotherapy Alberta staff must first review your application to determine if you meet all the renewal requirements.
  • Once your application is complete, a 2017/2018 practice permit will be issued and mailed within approximately 10 business days. You may use Physiotherapy Alberta's online public register as proof of registration prior to receiving your practice permit in the mail. 

If your complete application is not received by September 30, 2017 you must stop practicing until a valid practice permit is issued.

Under the Health Professions Act, individuals practicing as a physiotherapist in Alberta and using the title physiotherapist or physical therapist must be registered and have a valid practice permit. If you are no longer practicing as a physiotherapist in Alberta you have a few options:

Renew your practice permit

If your absence from physiotherapy is for a short period you can renew now and receive a practice permit until September 30, 2018. This allows you the flexibility to return to work at any time prior to September 30, 2018 without submitting further information/documentation to Physiotherapy Alberta. You continue with your Reflective Practice Review activities, keep your Profile current*, and continue to hold professional liability insurance as a practicing physiotherapist.

(*Ensure your employment details accurately reflect where you are 'deliverying physiotherapy services'. When you are on leave and not 'deliverying services', end your employment and add when you return to practice.) 

Cancel your registration 

You may cancel your registration now and then apply to reinstate your registration prior to returning to work. 

  • If your registration is reinstated before September 30, 2018 the application fee is waived and you only need to pay the practice permit fee ($765 if applying between October 1 and March 31 or $582 if applying between April 1 and September 30*). You continue with your Reflective Practice Review activities. From a registration perspective, when you are not a regulated member, the requirement to hold insurance does not apply. However, patients can file a malpractice claim against you up to ten years after an incident. You need to check the terms of your insurance policy. Ensure that your insurance will cover you for a claim filed at a later date related to an event that occurred while you were practicing and insured. Some policies provide coverage against this type of claim, sometimes referred to as “tail coverage” or “extended reporting period coverage,” while other policies may require that you purchase additional coverage when leaving/retiring from practice.
  • If your registration is reinstated after September 30, 2018 you must pay the application and practice permit fee. You are required to demonstrate that you completed the Reflective Practice Review activities for 2016/2017 (e.g., activities required had you renewed instead of cancelling your registration). Keep in mind that eligibility to reinstate your registration on the General Register requires that you have practiced 1,200 hours during the previous 5 registration years.

(*Fees are based on date of registration and for a practice permit to the end of the current registration year, e.g., September 30, 2018Example, your registration is reinstated September 2, 2018. The fee is $582 for a practice permit to September 30, 2018.)

Move to the Alumni Register

You may move to the non-regulated Alumni Register. This is a register for individuals leaving the profession who wish to stay in touch. Individuals on the Alumni Register may subscribe to receive electronic communication from Physiotherapy Alberta. The requirements to reinstate registration are the same as those when an individual cancels their registration.  The fee for Alumni membership is not credited towards registration as a regulated member.

The most common technical issues members experience accessing their account.
  • Your User ID is your registration number. Use Physiotherapy Alberta's online public register to find your registration number. 
  • Use the request password option on the login page if you forgot your password. Passwords can only be retrieved if the information provided matches information already in your record. If you've changed your email address, registration staff need to update it first as this is where your password will be sent. Send an email to info@physiotherapyalberta.ca and include: your registration #, date of birth, last name, first name and email address. 
  • Access denied. Usually means you’ve unsuccessfully tried to login three times. Close your browser (e.g., Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari) and try again.
Physiotherapy Alberta registration staff are here to help.
  • Call us between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday (except statutory holidays) at 780.438.0338 or 1.800.291.2782
  • Email us at info@physiotherapyalberta.ca

Only members on the General Register may renew online.

If you are a member on the Provisional Register you must renew your practice permit by sending Physiotherapy Alberta a completed electronic form and meet the following requirements:

Liability insurance

You continue to hold personal professional liability insurance in the amount of $5 million on any patient and $5 million minimum for the policy year which extends to all areas of your practice in Alberta.

Supervision arrangements 

Your practice continues to be supervised by the supervisor(s) approved by Physiotherapy Alberta.

Character and reputation

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

Fees are paid

The practice permit fee for the 2016/2017 registration year is $765.