Steps to work as a physiotherapist in Canada

Are you a physiotherapist educated outside Canada and now looking to practice in Canada?

In Canada, physiotherapy is a regulated profession. To work as a physiotherapist, you must register with the regulatory body in the province or territory where you work. It is illegal to practice if you are not licensed or registered.

Becoming a registered physiotherapist in Canada

Step 1: 

you must complete CAPR's Educational Credentials and Qualifications Assessment You can begin this before you come to Canada.

  1. This assessment ensures that your education and qualifications are similar to the education and qualifications of a Canadian-educated physiotherapist.
  2. You will need to prove your language skills or take a language test.
  3. You must pay fees for the assessment. ( CAN $1088).
  4. You must finish "Context of Physiotherapy Practice in Canada" course. 

Step 2:

Prepare for the Canadian Physiotherapy Competency Exam ( PCE). Review some helpful resources.

Step 3:

Pass the PCE written Component. 

Step 4:

Obtain for temporary physiotherapy license and prepare for PCE clinical component. 

Note: Due to the Covid, the PCE clinical exam is suspended without clear plan.

Step 5:

Pass the PCE clinical exam and obtain full independent license.