Physiotherapists (PTs) or Physical Therapists are regulated primary health care professionals in Atlantic Canada. Only licensed physiotherapists may call themselves PTs. Applicants who wish to apply for a licence from a provincial regulatory body or “college of physiotherapists” must hold a professional master's degree in physiotherapy from an accredited Canadian university and successfully complete the Physiotherapy Competency Exam(PCE). The PCE has a written and clinical component that assess an applicant’s knowledge and practical physiotherapy skills.
Internationally educated physiotherapists who wish to obtain a licence to practise in Canada must successfully pass the credentialing process before they can attempt the PCE. The credentialling process will determine whether their education is substantially equivalent to that of Canadian educational programs. Applicants may begin the credentialling process before they arrive in Canada. Note that the process may be different in Quebec, NWT and Nunavut.(Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators Credentialling Application Process Guide January 1, 2014)
Newfoundland & Labrador:
Newfoundland and Labrador College of Physiotherapists
Prince Edward Island:
Readiness for Canadian Physiotherapy Practice:
This self-assessment tool is designed to help internationally-educated physiotherapists understand the Canadian physiotherapy profession. It describes what physiotherapists who work in Canada are expected to know and do. It outlines the competencies, or knowledge and skills, that Canadian physiotherapists must have.