The information in this section is for physiotherapists currently registered in another jurisdiction who:
- have met all of the requirements for full licensure in their current jurisdiction with no limitations, conditions or restrictions imposed on their permit/license, and
- require temporary entry to Alberta for a College of Physiotherapists of Alberta approved purpose.
- Providing physiotherapy instruction or demonstration involving direct patient contact, or
- Providing instruction for the performance of a restricted activity
- Course participant performing a restricted activity while at a course
- Providing professional services directly to the public:
- at a sporting event (physiotherapists traveling with a group (e.g., sports team) and providing services only to that contingent do not need to be registered)
- during a major public health event (e.g., pandemic)
- providing cross-border physiotherapy
Cross-border physiotherapy refers to physiotherapy services performed across a provincial border. Click here to view approved purposes.
Registered as a physiotherapist in another jurisdiction with a full license and no limitations, conditions or restrictions imposed.
Only required if applying as a Visiting Clinician. Personally hold professional liability insurance in the amount of $5 million to ensure coverage wherever you practice as a physiotherapist in Alberta, regardless of role or employment environment.
Character + reputation
Are of good character and reputation. There is no past or present behavior or conduct that would put the Alberta public at risk. Evidence is collected by self-declarations, criminal record checks, regulatory history, and civil judgments.
Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct Education
Completed the mandatory education in place to protect patients from sexual abuse and sexual misconduct by physiotherapists.
Before you apply, documents you arrange another party to send directly to the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta
- Criminal record check completed by Sterling Talent Solutions (myBackCheck.com). A criminal record check is only valid for 90 days from date of issue. (See the note below.)
NOTE: Visiting instructors or visiting learners must provide a criminal record check from the country where they are currently living. Visiting clinicians must provide a criminal record check from every country where they have lived for 90+ days within 10 years of this application or dating back to their 18th birthday.
- Regulatory History form from the jurisdiction(s) where you are currently registered as a physiotherapist or another regulated professional to confirm your registration status and conduct history. A Regulatory History is only valid for 90 days from date of issue.
Coordination of the application process is important to ensure a document does not expire before all required documents are received and approved. This is particularly important if an international criminal record check or international regulatory history report is required as these can often take several weeks to receive.
When you apply, documents you will include WITH your application
- Identification. Scanned copy of government-issued photo identification that matches the name on your application. We may request additional identification if your name on any supporting document is different than on your application.
- Liability insurance if applying as a Visiting Clinician. Certificate of Insurance with a current effective date. A future-dated policy will not be accepted.
Before you apply ensure you have read and followed the instructions in the sections above. Failure to include or arrange for the documents as specified will significantly delay the application process.
- Online Application. New applicants to Alberta apply for registration online. An application is valid for 90 days from the date of submission.
Returning applicants must temporarily apply for registration by emailing this PDF application and supporting documents to email@example.com. An application is valid for 90 days from the date of signing.
To avoid multiple applications during the same registration year, include all of the confirmed dates when you will be in Alberta until September 30, 2023.
How we will manage your application file
- In five business days, we will start to work on your application file. This includes reviewing your application and accompanying supporting documents to ensure each document meets the registration criteria. We will also review any documents received directly from another party.
- Thereafter, any documents received from another party, resubmitted documents and email correspondence are dealt with in six business days.
- A status report is available in your Member Portal and updated each time a requirement is cleared.
Application files are typically assessed by staff, however, the Registrar may refer any matter to the Registration Committee to consider and this will delay the application progress.
Decision on a complete application
- We should be able to approve your application in one to two business days once all registration requirements have been cleared/met unless there are extenuating circumstances.
- Once approved, a practice permit is issued entitling you to practice as a physiotherapist in Alberta.
- Your name will appear on the public registry enabling the public and employers to verify your registration status.
Fees paid to the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta
An invoice for the Application Fee is generated as soon as your application is submitted. The invoice must be paid in full before your application will be reviewed. The Application Fee is non-refundable.
An application is valid for 90 days from the date of submission. Your file will be closed if your application expires. The Application Fee is applied on a subsequent application.
Fees paid to another party
Liability insurance (Visiting Clinician)
$200 - $250
At discretion of regulator
Criminal record check
Canada - $29 + tax
United States - $31 + tax
Other countries - range is $35 - $350 (See Note below)
Note: These are estimates only and can vary depending on circumstances, e.g., number of region/state searches within a country, the complexity of the search, local fees, delay in processing.
Liability insurance (Visiting Clinician)
At discretion of insurance provider
At discretion of regulator
Criminal Record Check
Canada - approximately two business days if cleared based on name search
International - several weeks and varies by country
Six business days for the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta to review from date received
Decision on complete file
Approximately one to two business days
Collection of Information
The College of Physiotherapists of Alberta collects information from applicants and members for regulatory purposes. This includes determining eligibility for registration, maintaining the Register of Members and implementing the investigation and discipline process. Information is also used to support activities that further the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta’s mandate to protect the public interest. The College of Physiotherapists of Alberta keeps complete registration files for a minimum of 10 years following removal from the register.
Who do we share your information with?
In accordance with Sections 33(3), 85 and 119 of the Health Professions Act, the following information on the Register of Members must be disclosed to the public upon request: member’s full name, registration number, practice permit status (including conditions, restrictions, suspensions, cancellations), whether they are authorized to perform a restricted activity, practice specialization, and conduct findings on record. Members of the public may access information on the register by contacting the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta directly or through our online register.
In accordance with the Bylaws, the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta may disclose the following information concerning its regulated members to members of the public in order to support its physiotherapist search function on its website: member’s names used in practice; employment information including business name, mailing address, telephone number, fax number and email address; degrees and other qualifications; practice areas and specializations; school of graduation; gender; and languages in which the member can provide professional services.
In accordance with Section 122 of the Health Professions Act, the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta is required to provide demographic, education and practice information to the Minister of Health for planning and resource allocation, health system management, public health surveillance, and health policy development.
In accordance with the Bylaws, the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta may disclose information in a summarized or statistical form so that it is not possible to relate the information to any particular identifiable person.
How can you access and correct your information?
You may access and correct most information using My Profile in the Member Portal. Information that may not be changed online must be brought to the attention of the College.
Who should you contact for more information?