The profession of physical therapists is regulated in
Canada. This means that it is illegal to practice the profession
or use the title of physical therapist without being
registered as a full member in a provincial/ territorial
Unlike many other countries the registration of
physical therapists does not occur
at the national level. In order to practice Physical Therapy you must be licensed
or registered in the province or territory in which you will work.
These regulatory bodies are responsible for
setting the standards for entry into the profession and for
registering those who meet established standards of
qualifications and practice. The provincial regulatory
bodies set the standards for entry into the profession, and they require
that you have an academic degree in physiotherapy followed by a period
of supervised hands-on training.
Once you know where you will settle and work, you should
contact the appropriate regulatory body for information on
All the provincial regulatory bodies are members of the Canadian
Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators, which administers the
Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE).
The PCE is described as the national entry-to-practice standard for
physiotherapists. All provinces except Quebec require that those who
were educated outside Canada take the PCE.