Clinical Specialty Designation

Physical therapists who have completed a specialty certification from an approved program may submit an application to be included on a register of specialists and use the title clinical specialist.

Approved Programs

The CPTBC is taking a national approach to the process of recognizing specialty certification programs. This approach follows the standards and recommendations of the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) Specialist Certification Recognition Committee. Approved programs include:

Applying for Specialty Designation

To apply, please submit the following documentation to

Use of Title

Once approved, the specialty designation title can be used in the following manner:

  • All clinical specialty designations will follow the format “Clinical Specialist (Specialty Area)”
  • In conjunction with and following the protected title

For example: Jane Doe, Physical Therapist, Clinical Specialist (Paediatrics).

Maintaining Authorization to Use Designation

Physical therapists will need to declare at the time of registration renewal that they continue to comply with the requirements necessary to hold the speciality certification and therefore the specialty designation.