Full Registration

A full registrant may practice physical therapy in British Columbia. They have completed all requirements for full registration including the Physiotherapy Competence Exam. A full registrant is entitled to use the title physical therapist, physiotherapist, registered physical therapist or registered physiotherapist.

Have you successfully completed both components of the Physiotherapy Competence Exam (PCE)?

or

Are you already registered as a physical therapist in another Canadian Province?

or

Were you fully registered and practising in a Canadian province as a physical therapist prior to December 31, 1993?

If you are looking to apply to provide telepractice, are you already registered in another Canadian jurisdiction?

Are you currently a Former Registrant?


Applying for Full Registration

1.  New applicants may apply for full registration online. You will be required to upload documents. Application documents that are older than 3 months will not be considered. Ensure that you have all your documents ready when you apply.

2. Only once the application form is submitted and all applicable documents are received by the College will the application be reviewed. Review may take 5 to 7 business days, although it may take longer during peak times. Applications that require review from the registration committee may take up to 60 days.

3. Once the application form and documents are approved, you will be sent an email with instructions for completing the Jurisprudence module.

4. Upon successful completion of the Jurisprudence module, you will be sent an email with instructions for payment. Once the fees are paid, a permit is generated, your name will be added to the public directory and you may begin practising physical therapy.

 

ONLINE APPLICATION

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  • Click on the Registrant Login button on the CPTBC website home page
  • Login if you have an existing account. If you do not have an account, follow the prompt for set up. Do not create duplicate accounts as that will result in delays
  • From the home page, under Applications, select Full Registration. If you are a former registrant, the form is located under Reinstatements
  • Follow the instructions carefully to complete the form; you may save your work and return to the form as needed
  • Once the form is complete, click on the ‘Submit’ button
  • Please see below for details on individual sections of the application form

CPTBC requires all applicants to submit TWO notarized documents to verify their identity.

Accepted Forms of Identification

Primary Identification
B.C. Driver’s Licence or learner’s licence (must have your photo)
BCID
BC Services Card (must have photo)
Canadian birth certificate
Passport
Canadian Citizenship Card
Permanent Resident Card
Canadian Record of Landing/Canadian Immigration Identification Record

Secondary Identification
School Identification Card (student card)
Foreign birth certificate (a baptismal certificate is not acceptable)
Canadian or U.S. driver’s licence
Secure Certificate of Indian Status
Naturalization certificate
Canadian Forces identification
Vehicle registration (only if applicant’s signature is shown)
Picture employee ID card
Social Insurance Card (new style without signature strip not acceptable)
BC Care Card
BC Services Card (with or without photo)

Identification documents must:

  • Be valid and unexpired
  • Be notarized and verified in their original form by a notary public or lawyer; other professionals will not be accepted
  • Include at least one primary identification
  • Include at least one government issued and photo ID
  • Include your name and at least one with date of birth and signature

As per the BC Criminal Records Review Act, all applicants are required to complete a  BC CRC at the time of initial application, and thereafter, every five years as long as they continue to  be registered with the CPTBC. For more information, please click here: Criminal Record Check For Physical Therapists.

  • Follow instructions on the application form to consent to the CPTBC applying for the CRC on your behalf
  • You are providing consent to the initial CRC as well as a re-check every 5 years as long as you continue to be registered with the CPTBC
  • Some people are required to provide fingerprints; the Ministry will contact you directly if this is required

Fingerprinting

Some applicants may be required to complete a fingerprinting process. This is a secondary process administered by local municipalities and federal or local enforcement agencies. There are fees associated with fingerprinting and they must be paid locally.

For more information, please click here: Criminal Record Check For Physical Therapists.

Applicants who have been registered with any regulatory (health and/or non-health) agency in the past 10 years must complete a regulatory history form:

  • Complete Section 1 of the Regulatory History Form
  • Send the form to the applicable regulatory agency
  • The regulatory agency will return the completed form directly to the CPTBC
  • Please click here for instructions if the regulatory agency is one of the following: HCPC, CORU, Ahpra and some jurisdictions within India

Note: Regulatory history forms sent by the applicant to the CPTBC will not be accepted.

Applicants who have worked in other jurisdictions (this might be a country or a state/province) that have mandatory registration for physical therapists are expected to complete a regulatory history form. This is a fundamental expectation of a member of a regulated profession, and it is the applicant’s responsibility to account for any lack of such registration.

Applicants who completed their entry level physical therapy degree in a language other than English will be required to provide proof of English language proficiency. This process does not apply to those already registered as a physical therapist in another Canadian jurisdiction except Quebec:

  • If your English language proficiency has been verified by CAPR, make sure you select “Language Testing” on Section 1 of the CAPR Verification Request Form (VRF). See section below on Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) Verification Request Form
  • Otherwise, request the language testing agency to submit the official language scores directly to CPTBC within two years of the test date. Use only agencies listed in CAPR’s language proficiency policy

Registrants are required to have, at all times, private, individual professional liability insurance in the amount of at least 3 million dollars (CAD) per occurrence (See Bylaw 82). If you are not employed or on leave – but are still a registrant of the College –  you are required to have private, individual professional liability insurance.

  • Upload a copy of private insurance certificate from owner

BMS via the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and Physiosure are two of the larger private insurance providers.

CAPR is a credentialing and assessment agency that provides Evaluation Services on behalf of physiotherapy regulators. With respect to applications, CAPR services 2 important functions:

  • Reviews the education and qualifications of applicants educated outside of Canada to determine whether or not they are substantially different from those of Canadian-educated physiotherapists.
  • Administers the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE) to determine a candidate’s readiness for safe, effective and independent physiotherapy practice

Unless you are currently fully registered as a physical therapist (i.e., not interim or provisional) in another Canadian jurisdiction, all applicants are required to:

  • Complete Section 1 of the Verification Request Form
  • Send the form directly to CAPR
  • CAPR will return the completed form to the College

Note: Verification Request Forms sent by the applicant to the CPTBC will not be accepted. Applicants must allow 2 weeks for the College to receive the VRF.

Applicants fully registered and practising in a Canadian province as a physical therapist prior to December 31, 1993 are exempted from this requirement but would need to ensure they meet all the other requirements in Section 43(4) of the College Bylaws.

JURISPRUDENCE

Once the application form and accompanying documents have been reviewed and approved, applicants will then be directed to complete a Jurisprudence module.

This module is not required if the applicant was registered in Alberta or New Brunswick and had previously completed a Jurisprudence module within the last 5 years.

The Jurisprudence module is administered by a third party vendor Yardstick:

  • You will receive an email to sign up and complete the Jurisprudence module
  • Follow instructions to register and complete the Jurisprudence module
  • You may take the examination as many times as it takes to successfully complete the module
  • Once you have successfully completed the Jurisprudence module, the College will be notified by Yardstick

APPLICATION AND REGISTRATION FEES

Fees include a one time application fee and an annual registration fee. The registration cycle runs from June 1 to May 31. Registration is renewed on an annual basis. All fees are non-refundable, not pro-rated and are subject to change.

Full Registration

Full Registration Fee Application Fee Total Fee
$500 $200 $700

Telepractice Registration

Telepractice Registration Fee Application Fee Total Fee
$200 $200 $400