Physiotherapists on the General Register who have a specialty designation from an approved program may use the title “Specialist” if authorized by the Registrar. The specialty designation must be used in conjunction with and follow the protected titles (Physiotherapist, Physical Therapist or PT), for example: name,  PT, specialty designation.

Approved programs

Physiotherapy Alberta is taking a national approach to the process of recognizing specialty certification programs and accepting the recommendations of the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators' (The Alliance) Specialty Certification Recognition Committee.

If you have a specialty certification from a program that has not yet been approved, you can ask The Alliance to review the specialty program. Contact The Alliance for information about how to proceed.

Approved programs to-date

  • Physiotherapy Specialty Certification Board of Canada (an initiative of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association)
  • American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties

Apply for authorization

Maintain authorization

  • Annually, at time of practice permit renewal, confirm you continue to hold the specialty certification

Your clinical specialty designation will appear on Physiotherapy Alberta’s public register.