Registered Elsewhere in Canada Right Now

The information in this section is for you if you are:

  • Currently registered as a physical therapist in another Canadian province or the Yukon
  • Educated in Canada OR educated outside of Canada

If you meet the two criteria listed below, you are eligible for a streamlined registration process:

  1. The registration or license type you hold elsewhere in Canada is equivalent to our Full Registration category. This means that you practice independently with no limits or conditions on your license.
  2. Your registration elsewhere in Canada is effective at the time your application is approved by the Registration Committee.

If your registration elsewhere in Canada expires before your CPTBC application is approved, you do not meet the second eligibility criterion; you may apply for full registration, but you will have to provide additional information:

  • proof of having passed the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (Clinical Component) and
  • evidence of 1200 practice hours in the previous 5 years.

If you are not sure if this applies to your situation, please contact us at registration@cptbc.org

Applying for Telepractice?

The information on this page applies to individuals applying for telepractice, but please contact CPTBC at registration@cptbc.org explaining why you are interested in registration for the purpose of telepractice.

Application Process (Streamlined Process)

Timeline to registration:

  • Depends on date of receipt of documents.
  • Some documents have to come from “third parties”, not from you directly. Sometimes it takes time for them to send us what is required.

Once we have all required documents, approval of your application can take as little as 3 business days, but it could take more than 30 days if the Registration Committee must review your application. We have to receive everything from you and third parties within 90 days of the day you submit your application; i.e., documents cannot be more than 90 days old.

  1. Arrange for these documents to be sent directly to us by email to registration@cptbc.org
    • Regulatory History Form from each Canadian jurisdiction where you are or were registered as a physical therapist, or as another regulated professional, in the last 10 years.
      • Complete section 1 of the Regulatory History Form (PDF)
      • Send the form to the applicable regulatory agency(ies)
      • The regulatory agency(ies) must send the completed form directly to the CPTBC
    • Regulatory History Form from each jurisdiction outside of Canada where you are or were registered as a physical therapist, or as another regulated professional, in the last 10 years.
      • Complete section 1 of the Regulatory History Form (PDF)
      • Send the form to the applicable regulatory agency
      • The regulatory agency must send the completed form directly to the CPTBC
      • View instructions (PDF) if the regulatory agency is: Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), CORU, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), Gujarat State Council for Physiotherapy (GSCPT), or Delhi Council for Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy (DCPTOT).
    • English language proficiency test results or Verification Request Form (PDF) (VRF) from the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR), if applicable.
  2. Select two pieces of accepted identification from the lists below and have them notarized.
  3. Purchase individual professional liability insurance if you don’t have it already. Policies with a future start date will not be accepted. See requirements of coverage below.
  4. Now you are ready to start your application:
    • Complete the online application form on the CPTBC Registrant Portal
    • Upload your notarized identification
    • Upload your certificate of professional liability insurance
  5. Submit your application.
  6. Registration staff will review your application while we wait for all documents from third parties to arrive. Once we have received them, registration staff may ask for further information.
  7. When we have no further questions, registration staff will send you the link to the jurisprudence exam if you are required to take it. Some applicants from particular jurisdictions may not have to complete it.
  8. When you have passed the jurisprudence exam, we will send you the link to pay the application and registration fees. Once you have paid the fees, your registration is complete. Congratulations!

Details of Application Requirements

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  1. The registration or license type you hold elsewhere in Canada is equivalent to our Full Registration category.
  2. Your registration elsewhere in Canada is effective at the time your application is approved by the Registration Committee. If your registration elsewhere in Canada expires before your CPTBC application is approved, you do not meet this eligibility criterion.

You must submit two pieces of identification that meet the requirements AND are on the lists of accepted identification. Identification 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. Notary’s stamp and the date must be visible.
  • Include at least one primary identification from the list below
  • Include your legal name that matches the name on the application form
  • Include at least one with your date of birth and signature

Primary Identification

  • BC driver’s licence or learner’s licence (must have photo)
  • BC Identity card (BCID)
  • BC Services card (must have photo)
  • Passport
  • Canadian citizenship card
  • Permanent resident card
  • Canadian record of landing/Canadian immigration identification record
  • Secure certificate of Indian status

Secondary Identification

  • School identification card (student card)
  • Birth certificate (a baptismal certificate is not acceptable)
  • Canadian or US driver’s licence
  • Secure certificate of Indian status
  • Canadian forces identification
  • Picture employee ID card
  • BC Services card (with or without photo)
  • Student, work, visitor, or temporary resident permit
  • NEXUS card
  • Foreign passport
  • Foreign Affairs Canada or consular identification
  • Bank card
  • Credit card

You must be considered “of good character.” This means that there is no evidence of past or present conduct that would put the BC public at risk. We gather evidence of your good character through your self-declaration in the application form, your criminal record check (CRC), and your regulatory history in the Regulatory History Form(s) that are submitted.

Criminal Record Check (CRC)

  • All applicants are required to complete a BC Criminal Record Check (CRC) at the time of initial application and every 5 years while they are registered with CPTBC. This is required by the BC Criminal Records Review Act. CPTBC requests the CRC on your behalf after you submit your application, which includes your acknowledgment of consent to this check.
  • To learn more, see Criminal Record Check for Physical Therapists
  • You may be required to complete a fingerprinting process. This is a secondary process administered by local municipalities and federal or local law enforcement agencies and not something that CPTBC is involved in. The Criminal Records Review Program will contact you directly if they require you to provide fingerprints. There are fees associated with fingerprinting, and you must pay them locally to the agency collecting your fingerprints.

Regulatory History Form

  • Applicants who have been registered with any regulatory (health and/or non-health) agency in the past 10 years must complete section 1 of the Regulatory History Form and send to each agency. The agency(ies) will send the form directly to the CPTBC.
  • Regulatory history forms sent by the applicant to the CPTBC will not be accepted. The agency(ies) will send the form directly to the CPTBC.
  • Applicants who have worked in other jurisdictions (this might be a country or a state/ province) in the past 10 years that have mandatory registration for physical therapists are expected to complete a regulatory history form. This is a fundamental expectation of a regulated professional, and it is the applicant’s responsibility to account for any lack of such registration.

You must hold individual (i.e., not your employer’s) professional liability insurance at all times in the amount of at least $3 million (CAD) per occurrence to ensure coverage wherever you practise as a physical therapist in BC.  Even if you are not employed or are on leave – but are still a registrant of the College – you are required to comply with this requirement.

See Registrant FAQs for a list of some insurers.

You are required to pass CPTBC’s jurisprudence examination, which assesses your understanding of the rules and expectations you are expected to follow when you practice in BC and how to apply them. The examination is open book. Once your application is complete, we will send you further instructions about how to access the exam. There is no additional fee for this.

If you are registered as a physical therapist in the province of Quebec, you must demonstrate that you are able to practise as a physical therapist safely and competently in the English language. You can demonstrate this in ONE (1) of the following ways:

  • If you completed your physical therapy education in English; you may provide a notarized copy of your degree.
  • If you passed the Written Component of the CAPR Physiotherapy Competency Examination in English, request CAPR send a Verification Request Form (VRF) to the CPTBC.
  • If you passed an approved English Language Test within the past 2 years, request the test result be shared directly with the CPTBC.

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 annually. 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