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Podiatrists diagnose and treat ailments, diseases, deformities and injuries of the human foot (including the articulation of the tibia and fibula and those muscles and tendons directly affecting foot function, and including the employment of preventive measures and the use of medical, physical or surgical methods but not including treatment of systemic disease, except the local manifestations in the foot) and engage in research, education and administration with respect to health.


College of Podiatric Physicians of Alberta
Suite 2020, 61 Broadway Boulevard
Sherwood Park, Alberta
Canada  T8H 2C1
Phone numbers: 780-922-7609 or 1-888-220-3338


Under Alberta's Health Professions Act and Podiatrists Profession Regulation, registration with the College of Podiatric Physicians of Alberta (CPPA) is mandatory if you 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, or supervise registered members who provide services to the public. Registered members, who are authorized by the College, provide restricted activities specified in the Regulation. Only registered members of the CPPA may use the protected titles and designations of Podiatrist, Podiatric Surgeon, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, Podiatric Physician, and D.P.M.

What You Need

To obtain a certificate of approval for registration, an applicant must have: (1) graduated from a college of podiatric medicine approved by the Board of Examiners in Podiatry, (2) successfully completed Parts 1 and 2 of the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examination, (3) successfully completed the PM Lexis licensing examination, and (4) completed a two year post-graduate residency program approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education of the American Podiatric Medical Association. For more information, contact the APA or visit their website.

Working in Alberta

Podiatrists who are registered by and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta if registered podiatrists in the two jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see "What if I am already certified in another province or territory?" and the Alberta regulatory authority (below).

To learn about certification for internationally educated podiatrists, see Podiatrist Registration Process.

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