Physical Therapists

Regulating the Practice of Physical Therapists in BC

Guided by the BC Health Professions Act, the College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia (CPTBC):

  • Regulates the practice of physical therapists
  • Establishes entry-to-practice requirements and registers qualified applicants
  • Sets standards of practice and establishes ethical standards
  • Manages conduct matters
  • Administers a quality assurance program
  • Provides practice advice


Registration is required to practice physical therapy in British Columbia.

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Registration cycle begins on June 1 and expires on May 31. Registration is renewed on an annual basis.

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 Criminal Record

Criminal record checks must be completed every five years.

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Quality Assurance

The QAP supports physical therapists in BC to provide competent, safe, ethical and effective care.

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Privacy: What Physical Therapists
Need to Know

Confidentiality is a central part of the therapist-patient relationship.

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Dry Needling

Full registrants using dry needles within their scope of practice must be on the CPTBC roster.

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Establishing a Health
Profession Corporation

Guidelines for PTs wanting to incorporate their practice.

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Advice to Consider

Inform yourself on various practice issues and frequently asked registrant questions.

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CPTBC Connects e-Newsletter

College News, Activities, & Important Updates

CPTBC Connects is an e-newsletter published by CPTBC every other month. The newsletter keeps readers up to date with news about the College, Board and Committee activities, important dates to remembers, tips and resources for physical therapy practice and more.

View Past Issues of CPTBC Connects