Working Abroad: Getting a Physiotherapy Job in Canada
My experience with the Canadian government is that they are more organised than the US when it comes to the immigration of professionals. This experience also reflects in their credentialing process as they have a page where you can see how well your alma mater has done when it comes to equivalence of qualification. So there’s a good chance you’ll scale that hurdle and not just throw away money because credentialing “ain’t cheap”.
To have an idea of how your school has performed when it comes to the Canadian assessment of your qualification go here
Here’s a summary of how to get working as a physiotherapist in Canada:
The Canada Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators is the body that establishes whether the education and qualifications of internationally educated physiotherapists are substantially equivalent to those of the Canadian educated physiotherapists.
As an internationally trained physiotherapist you must pass through the 2 stages of qualification-
1st stage : Credentialing
2nd stage: PCE (physiotherapy competency exam). This comprises a written and clinical exam.
- A filled application form
- A notarized copy of Identity documents (like the biodata page of your international passport)
- Notarized copy of a proof of change of name (like your marriage certificate)
- A notarized copy of your degree/diploma
- Application fee. ( the last time I checked the fee was $ 1015 CAD
Having your credentials assessed will definitely give you an edge when applying for the immigration process express entry and getting a provincial license means you can actually start applying for jobs in Canada. Canada isn’t really fussy about work experience or having a Masters degree, but if you do have any of these, it’s all good.