Process for New Canadian Graduates

If you have received your physiotherapy education outside of Canada, please visit the Internationally Educated Professionals portion of this website for information on how to become registered and licensed with the College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba (CPM).

For Physiotherapists Educated in Canada

You must complete the registration process below to become registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba (CPM). You may need to complete some steps through the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR):

You must complete the Written Component (Qualifying Exam) of the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE) with the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR).

Written Component
Upon graduation, you may register for the written component of the PCE. This multiple-choice exam tests your knowledge of physiotherapy and your ability to solve clinical problems using clinical scenarios.

CAPR administers the Written Component (Qualifying Exam). You can write the exam in major cities in Canada, including Winnipeg. Opportunities to complete the exam are provided six times a year. You will choose an exam date on the Registration Application form (see below).

Registration Application Form
Visit the CAPR website at alliancept.org for:

  • Registration Application form
  • Candidate Handbook (provides exam fees, registration deadlines, locations and dates, and a description of the exam)
  • Orientation Resource (provides sample questions and advice on preparing for the exam)

CAPR has registration deadlines for the Written Component. Check the CAPR website to ensure you apply on time.

Fee
The fee for the Written Component is $1,368 (2023).

Timeline
CAPR will mail you information about the location and date of your exam upon receipt of your application. You will receive your Written Exam results by mail within 6 weeks.

Outcome
If you pass the Written Component, you will be eligible to register as an Exam Candidate with the College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba (CPM).

If you do NOT pass the Written Component, you may rewrite the exam up to two more times.

Once you pass the Written Component (PCE), you are eligible to register as an Exam Candidate (STEP 3) with CPM. Ideally, you will complete the following tasks before you proceed to STEP 3:

TASK 1: SECURE EMPLOYMENT 
Once you have secured employment, you must complete a Supervised Practice Agreement and Supervised Practice Plan as outlined in Supervised Practice and register as an Exam Candidate before you begin your job.

TASK 2: LETTER OF OFFER 
Ask your employer to write a Letter of Offer on company letterhead. The Letter of Offer must include:

  • Your place of employment
  • A statement that you will begin employment once you become registered as an Exam Candidate
  • The date you will begin employment
  • If applicable, confirmation that your employer will provide you with a minimum of $5 million in Professional Liability Insurance coverage (also known as Errors and Omissions Insurance)

You must submit the Letter of Offer to CPM when you complete STEP 3 Exam Candidate.

REGISTRATION TASKS

You must complete these 4 tasks to become registered as an Exam Candidate with the College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba (CPM):

TASK 1: APPLICATION FORM
Complete the Exam Candidate Registration Form-Fillable PDF to apply for registration as an Exam Candidate

TASK 2: REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
Gather your required documents:

a) Complete a Verification Request Form with the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR). This document will verify completion of the Written Component (PCE).

b) Education
Submit a copy of your Diploma, Baccalaureate, Master’s, or Doctorate degree in physiotherapy.

c) Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Check
Submit the original criminal record check document with your registration package.  The CRC must be no older than 6 months from the date of issue. The original CRC will be returned to you.

Contact your local Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) or the Winnipeg Police Service to obtain a certified Criminal Record Check.

d) Letter of Offer
Submit the Letter of Offer of Employment provided to you by your employer. This letter should include your start date and whether you will be working part-time or full-time.

e) Supervised Practice Agreement
Submit the Supervised Practice Agreement signed by you and your Supervisor.

f) Supervised Practice Plan
Submit the Supervised Practice Plan signed by you and your Supervisor.

g) Professional Liability Insurance Coverage
You require a minimum of $5 million in Professional Liability Insurance (also known as Errors and Omissions Insurance). You must provide confirmation of your insurance coverage, such as a certificate of insurance or confirmation stated in your Letter of Offer.

IF YOU HAVE NOT SECURED EMPLOYMENT AND/OR A SUPERVISOR:
Submit these required documents to CPM:
a) Verification Request Form
b) Criminal Record Check

Within 3 months, you must begin employment and/or secure a Supervisor and submit your outstanding required documents to CPM:
c) Letter of Offer
d) Professional Liability Insurance Coverage
e) Supervised Practice Agreement

If you do NOT begin work and/or secure a Supervisor in three months, you must re-apply for registration as an Exam Candidate.

TASK 3: APPLICATION FEE(S)

Pay your first-time registrant fee of $100 if applicable
Pay your Exam Candidate registration fee of $615.00 or $307.50 prorated* (2023)
*Your registration fee is prorated if you register after August 1.

You may pay by:

  • Cash (in person, by appointment)
  • Credit card (by phone or in person, by appointment)
  • E-Transfer to  info@manitobaphysio.com

TASK 4: SUBMITTING YOUR DOCUMENTS

  • Email documents to info@manitobaphysio.com OR
  • Fax documents to 204-474-2506 OR
  • Mail or hand-deliver (office open by appointment only) all required documents and application fee to:

College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba (CPM)
1465A Pembina Highway
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2C5
Phone: (204) 287-8502

TIP
Ways to Acquire Insurance Coverage

  1. Become a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) to access BMS Insurance
  2. Visit an insurance agency
  3. Visit Sinclair Cockburn Financial Group for information on the national insurance program PhysioSure
  4. Visit Trisura for Professional Liability Insurance

DECISION

CPM will take up to 5-7 business days to process your application. CPM will send you the following by email:

a) If you have secured employment and a Supervisor you will receive:

  • A decision letter that confirms that you have been registered as an Exam Candidate
  • Instructions for printing your Certificate of Registration and Receipt for Registration Fees

b) If you have NOT secured employment and/or a Supervisor you will receive:

  • A Letter of Eligibility that explains that you will become registered upon receipt of your outstanding required documents:
    • Letter of Offer
    • Confirmation of Insurance
    • Supervised Practice Agreement
    • Registration Fee

TIP
Provide potential employers with a copy of your Letter of Eligibility. The letter may help you secure employment.

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