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Health and Social Services

Physiotherapist or Physical Therapist

Physiotherapists assess physical function. They diagnose and treat dysfunction caused by a pain, injury, disease, or condition. They help patients develop, maintain, and maximize independence and prevent dysfunction.


College of Physiotherapists of Alberta (CPTA)
Suite 300 Dorchester Building
10357 – 109th Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 1N3

Call: 780-438-0338
Toll-free within North America: 1-800-291-2782
Fax: 780-436-1908



Under Alberta’s Health Professions Act [pdf], Health Professions Restricted Activity Regulation [pdf], and Physical Therapists Profession Regulation [pdf], registration with the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta (CPTA) is mandatory. Only registered members may provide restricted activities specified in the Regulations. This includes those who:

  • Meet identified competency requirements and provide professional services directly to the public
  • Teach the practice of the profession to members or students of the profession
  • Supervise registered members
  • Use the titles and initials: physiotherapist, physical therapist, or PT

What You Need

To register as a physiotherapist or physical therapist in Alberta, you need successful completion of:

There are other registration categories for physiotherapists.

A physiotherapist intern or physical therapist intern:

  • Has met all requirements for a PT except for the Post-Graduate Clinical Examination
  • Must work under the supervision of a PT
  • Can use the titles physiotherapist intern or physical therapist intern

For details about all registration requirements, contact the CPTA or visit the CPTA website.

Working in Alberta

Physiotherapists who are registered by and in good standing with a regulatory body elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta if their scope of practice and competencies are similar.

For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory in Canada? and the CPTA website.

Internationally educated physiotherapists or physical therapists first complete the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) credentialling process. After successful completion, candidates may apply to become physiotherapist interns or physical therapist interns.

For more information, visit the CAPR website.

The certification information in this profile may change at any time and without notice. Before making any career decisions, we advise you to contact the regulatory organization or visit their website for the most updated information.

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