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Previously Registered in Alberta

Registration is mandatory. To practice as a physiotherapist in Alberta and use the titles physiotherapist or physical therapist, or abbreviation PT, an individual must be registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta.

This information in this guide is for individuals previously registered in Alberta and now applying to reinstate their registration.

The criteria all applicants must meet.

Jurisprudence

Passed the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta's jurisprudence module which evaluates your understanding and application of the rules governing practice in Alberta. 

2019 College Selected Activity/ Sexual Abuse Mandatory Education

Completed the mandatory education in place to protect patients from sexual abuse and sexual misconduct by physiotherapists.

Liability insurance

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 Check, regulatory history, and civil judgments.

Additional criteria for applicants applying to return to the General Register.

Experience

Worked 1200 hours as a physiotherapist during the last 5 years. This includes hours you provided physiotherapy services (assessment, diagnosis, treatment), engaged in research and administration or delivered education with respect to health services delivery and the science, techniques and practice of physiotherapy.  

Continuing competence

Only required if you were removed from the General Register after October 1, 2011. Completed the Continuing Competence Program activities required for the last year registered. 

Additional criteria for applicants applying to return on the Provisional Register.

Provisional Register Eligibility

Registration on the Provisional Register may not exceed two years or two failures of the Physiotherapy Competency Examination Clinical Component, unless an extension is granted based on an extenuating circumstance.  Two years starts from time of initial registration on the Provisional Register regardless of breaks in employment or registration.

Supervised practice

A regulated member on the Provisional Register may practice only under the supervision of a regulated member on the General Register. A physiotherapist on the General Register has agreed to supervise your practice.

You are ready to apply to reinstate registration on the General Register when you have:
  • Passed the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta’s jurisprudence module v6.
  • Completed the mandatory sexual abuse and sexual misconduct education.
  • Purchased professional liability insurance in the amount of $5 million on any one patient and for the policy year.
  • Ordered a criminal record check from Sterling Talent Solutions (Backcheck) from every country where you have lived for 90+ days within 10 years of your application or dating back to your 18th birthday. A Criminal Record Check is only valid for 90 days from date of issue so a previously provided check cannot be used again.
  • Requested a regulatory history form from each jurisdiction where you worked as a physiotherapist since canceling your registration in Alberta (limited to the last 10 years). If you worked, but were not registered, in a jurisdiction where the physiotherapy profession is subject to registration or any other form of regulation, a Regulatory History form is still required to confirm you were not registered.
  • Requested a regulatory history form from each jurisdiction where you worked as another regulated professional since canceling your registration in Alberta (limited to the last 10 years).
You are ready to apply to reinstate registration on the Provisional Register when you have completed all of the above steps plus:

Documents you send directly to the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta
  • Application. 
  • Identification. Scanned copy of government-issued photo identification which matches the name on your application. We may request additional identification if your name on any supporting document is different than on your application.
  • Jurisprudence Module Exam Summary to confirm you passed the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta's jurisprudence module. 
  • Liability insurance. Certificate of Insurance with current effective date. A future-dated policy will not be accepted.
  • Supervision agreement for each practice site to confirm your practice as a physiotherapist will be supervised. Applicable only to applicants applying for registration on the Provisional Register.

Email your application and all of the above supporting documents to registration@cpta.ab.ca. All documents must be sent as an email attachment; documents embedded in the email are not accepted.

Applications must be accompanied by all supporting documents which you are required to provide directly. If you do not have all the supporting documents, then you are not ready to apply for registration. All information (application and above supporting documents) must be received together.

Ensure you have arranged for the other party to send the documents listed below directly to the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta before you apply. Only the documents listed below will be accepted if sent by another party.

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) from every country where you have lived for 90+ days within 10 years of this application or dating back to your 18th birthday. A criminal record check is only valid for 90 days from date of issue so even if you provided a report previously, you will need to do so again. 
  • Regulatory History form from each jurisdiction where you worked as a physiotherapist since canceling your registration in Alberta (limited to the last 10 years) to confirm your registration status and conduct history. If you worked, but were not registered, in a jurisdiction where the physiotherapy profession is subject to registration or any other form of regulation, a Regulatory History form is still required to confirm you were not registered. A Regulatory History is only valid for 90 days from date of issue.
  • Regulatory History form from each jurisdiction where you worked as another regulated professional (e.g., nurse, acupuncturist, teacher) since canceling your registration in Alberta (limited to the last 10 years) to confirm your registration status and conduct history. A Regulatory History is only valid for 90 days from date of issue.
Documents the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta will obtain directly
  • My Practice Improvement Record completed online from the Member Portal (applicable General Register).
  • Physiotherapy Competency Examination results (applicable Provisional Register).

How we will manage your application file
  • In 2 business days, we will review your application and the supporting documents which are required to accompany your application to ensure the application is complete and the required documentation provided.  
    • If yes, we will start the application process and provide access to our Member Portal where you can monitor your application progress.
    • If no to either, we will not start the application process. You will be advised to reapply and provide complete supporting documentation.
  • In 4 business days, we will start to work on your application file. This includes reviewing your application and accompanying supporting documents in detail to ensure the registration requirement is met. We will also review any documents received directly from another party.
  • A status report is uploaded to your Member Portal.
  • Thereafter, any documents received from another party are dealt with in 6 business days.

We try to deal with applications and documents within the timelines noted above. However, processing may take longer when there is a high volume.

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 1 - 2 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.

Applications may also be deferred, refused, or conditions imposed if it is in the best interest of the public. Decisions or actions taken by the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta can be reviewed by the provincial Ombudsman in accordance with the Ombudsman Act.

Fees paid to the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta

Collected at time file is complete, based on date of registration and for a practice permit to the end of the current registration year, e.g., September 30, 2022.

Application fee

Waived for members who cancel their registration and apply to be reinstated within the same registration year, eg. October 1 to September 30

$125

Reinstatement fee

Applies only for members who did not renew or cancel their registration

$250

Practice permit fee (applying for registration between Oct 1 and Mar 31)

$805

Practice permit fee (apply for registration between Apr 1 and Sep 30)

$615

Fees paid to another party

Regulatory reference

At discretion of regulator

Liability insurance

$200 - $250

Criminal Record Check

Canada - $29 + tax

United States - $31 + tax

Other countries - range is $35 - $350

Note: These are estimates only and can vary depending on circumstances, e.g., number of region/state searches within a country, complexity of search, local fees, delay in processing.

Timelines

Regulatory reference

At discretion of regulator

Liability insurance

At discretion of insurance provider

Criminal Record Check

Canada - approx 2 business days if cleared based on name search

International - several weeks to obtain and varies by country

Supporting documents

6 business days for the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta to review from date received

Decision on complete file

Approx. 1 - 2 business days

Physiotherapists are autonomous health professionals accountable for their conduct and practice. As such, you are required to personally hold professional liability insurance to ensure coverage wherever you practice as a physiotherapist in Alberta, regardless of role or employment environment. The amount of coverage you must have is $5 million per occurrence/patient and $5 million minimum for the policy year.

Liability insurance is offered through a variety of providers. We've included a link to insurance programs providing coverage to the majority of Alberta physiotherapists. Not all policies offer the same coverage.

You are responsible for reviewing each policy and making an informed decision. The College of Physiotherapists of Alberta does not endorse a specific product or validate the information contained within each vendor’s website.

The College of Physiotherapists of Alberta collects information from members for regulatory purposes. This includes determining eligibility for registration, maintaining the member register and implementing the investigation and discipline process. The information is also used to support activities that further the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta’s mandate to protect the public interest (e.g., workforce planning and research that promotes innovative, quality physiotherapist care). 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?

Information on the Register of Members must be disclosed to the public upon request. This includes your name, registration number, registration status, conditions imposed on your practice permit, current or previous employment information (e.g., employer’s name and address), whether you are authorized to independently perform an advanced restricted activity, 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 Public Registry.

Under the Health Professions Act, the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta is required by law to provide demographic, education and practice information to the Minister of Health and Wellness for health workforce planning purposes.

The College of Physiotherapists of Alberta may disclose information that is summarized or in a statistical form so that it is not possible to relate the information to any particular identifiable person.

Other than regulatory notice, members must consent to the use of their email address for other communication with the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta. Consent is granted using the My Profile in the Member Portal.

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 registration staff.

Who should you contact for more information?

Contact the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta’s Privacy Officer if you have questions about the collection, use and disclosure of your information. 780.438.0338 or info@cpta.ab.ca.

Page updated: 29/04/2022