Student Registration

Physical therapy students must be registered as students to participate in a clinical placement in British Columbia.

Applying for Student Registration

  • 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 Student Registration. 
  • 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

BC driver’s licence or learner’s licence (must have photo)
BC Identity card (BCID)
BC Services card (must have photo)
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

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
  • Some people are required to provide fingerprints; the Ministry will contact you directly if this is required


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.

Students must be enrolled in a physiotherapy program that is recognized by World Physiotherapy.

Note: UBC may submit this on behalf of UBC students.

Registrants are required to have professional liability insurance in the amount of at least 3 million dollars (CAD) per occurrence. If your proof of enrollment includes confirmation that you are covered by your education program, please upload the same document in this section. If it does not, or you are not covered, you must purchase your own professional liability insurance and upload the insurance certificate here. BMS via the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and Physiosure are two of the larger private insurance providers.

A student must be supervised by a full registrant of the College in good standing. If you are not a UBC physical therapy student, in British Columbia, the UBC Department of Physical Therapy is responsible for coordinating clinical placements on behalf of NACEP. Please contact UBC to request a clinical placement.

Registration After Graduation

After graduation, students who wish to practice as a physical therapist in BC must apply for full registration.