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Respiratory Therapist

Respiratory therapists provide basic and advanced cardio-respiratory support services to assist in the diagnosis, treatment and care of people who suffer from cardio-respiratory disease and related conditions. Respiratory therapists work in a variety of clinical practice settings including hospitals, extended care and assisted care facilities, community based homecare as well as clinical laboratories.


College and Association of Respiratory Therapists of Alberta
370, 6715 - 8 Street N.E.
Calgary, Alberta
Canada T2E 7H7
Phone number: 403-274-1828
Toll-free phone number (within Alberta): 1-800-205-2778
Fax number: 403-274-9703


Under Alberta's Health Professions Act  and Respiratory Therapists Profession Regulation registration with the College and Association of Respiratory Therapists of Alberta (CARTA) 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 may call themselves respiratory therapists.

What You Need

Registration requires successful completion of: (1) an approved education program (2) two character declarations, (3) at least 1500 hours of acceptable work experience within the previous four years, and (4) an approved examination. For official, detailed information about registration requirements, visit the CARTA website or contact CARTA.

Working in Alberta

Respiratory therapists who are registered by and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta if registered respiratory therapists 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 respiratory therapists, see Respiratory Therapist Registration Process.

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