Apply for a physiotherapist full certificate

  1. Determine if you're eligible
  2. Complete the application form
  3. Provide proof of continuing competency requirements
  4. Provide all required supporting documents
  5. Pay your fees
  6. Submit your complete application package
  1. Determine if you're eligible

    All physiotherapists in Yukon must register and hold a Yukon certificate.

    Apply for registration and a full certificate if you're planning to use the title of physiotherapist and work to the full extent of Yukon regulations.

    We accept and process new physiotherapist applications on an ongoing basis. You only need to apply for registration once. But you must renew your certificate every year. All physiotherapist certificates expire annually on January 31.

    We may not approve you for registration or certification if you've had complaints, disciplinary or criminal action against you.

    Eligibility

    You can register and apply for a full certificate if you meet 1 of the following 4 sets of requirements.

    • You've graduated from an approved physiotherapy program within the 3 years immediately before your application and passed the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE).
    • You graduated from an approved physiotherapy program more than 3 years ago and passed the PCE within 1 year of your application.
    • You graduated from an approved physiotherapy program, you do not hold a current physiotherapist certificate but you meet all the continuing competency requirements.
    • You hold a current, physiotherapist full certificate in another Canadian jurisdiction and are in good standing in that jurisdiction. This is the only option for international graduates.
  2. Complete the application form

    Complete all sections of the application form. Do not leave a section blank. You may enter “not applicable” when it's relevant. We may return incomplete applications.

    At the top of the application form, you must choose either a full or a temporary full certificate. Choose temporary full if you'll practice in Yukon for less than a 3-month period in a certificate year.

  3. Provide proof of continuing competency requirements

    Read the continuing competency guide for full instructions, details and examples.

    You must complete this step unless you:

    • hold a full certificate in another jurisdiction; or
    • have graduated in the past 3 years; or
    • have passed the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE) in the past year.

    Continuing competency requirements

    You must have completed the following in the 5-year period before your application.

    • At least 1,200 professional practice hours.
    • Between 60 and 300 of these 1,200 hours must have involved continuing professional education.
    • No more than 300 of these 1,200 hours have involved professional volunteer service.

    Forms and documentation required

    You must provide the following forms and documentation with your application. We may return applications that are missing required documentation.

    Verification of employment form

    • This form helps us validate your 1,200 plus professional practice hours.
    • Work with your employer to complete this form.
    • We require 1 form for each of your previous employers.
    • When complete, submit the form(s) with your entire application package.

    Verification of practice hours for self-employed form

    • If you're self-employed, use this form instead of the verification of employment form.
    • This form helps us validate your 200 plus professional practice hours.
    • When complete, submit the form with your entire application package.

    Annual continuing education form

    • This form helps us validate your continuing education hours.
    • Complete and submit 1 form per year you're claiming hours in.

    Continuing education supporting documents

    • Provide a supporting document for every continuing education activity you're claiming that is more than 4 hours.
    • You can also claim activities that are less than four hours but these do not require supporting documentation.
    • Documentation must include:
      • your name;
      • proof of the number of hours you completed; and
      • date you completed the hours.

    If you do not have a document with this information, then you may complete the verification of completed continuing education form. Complete this form with either the course provider or instructor or your supervisor.

    Verification of volunteer hours form

    • This form helps us validate your volunteer hours.
    • Work with the volunteer organization to complete this form.
    • We require 1 form for each organization.
    • When complete, submit the form(s) with your entire application package.
  4. Provide all required supporting documents

    You must also gather and submit these documents with your application package.

    Current photo ID

    • Provide 1 copy of a piece of photo ID.
    • The ID must be issued by a territorial, provincial or federal government body.
    • The ID must show your current legal name.
    • We do not accept a healthcare card as a form of ID.

    Certificate of standing(s)

    A certificate of standing is an official document that includes:

    • your certification history;
    • your registration and licensing history;
    • any limits and restrictions on your licence; and
    • any disciplinary action against you.

    Ask the regulatory body of each Canadian jurisdiction you practice in to provide a certificate.

    • You must provide a certificate for each jurisdiction.
    • Each certificate must be dated no more than 90 days before your application.
    • Have the regulatory body send the certificate(s) directly to Professional Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
    • We do not accept certificates of standing submitted by applicants.

    Official transcript

    • Provide an official transcript confirming graduation from a physiotherapy program.
    • Have the school send the transcripts directly to PLRA.
    • We do not accept transcripts submitted by applicants.

    Proof of PCE completion

    • Provide this if you are not registered in another Canadian jurisdiction.
    • Request a verification form from the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR).
    • Ask the CAPR to send this directly to PLRA.
    • We do not accept verification forms submitted by applicants.

    Proof of liability insurance

    • Provide a copy of your liability insurance.
    • Your insurance must be for a minimum of $1,000,000. 

    Special endorsement form

  5. Pay your fees

    Fees

    Full certificate fees

    • Registration (1-time fee): $40.
    • Annual full certificate fee: $200.

    Temporary full certificate fees

    • Registration (1-time fee): $40.
    • Annual temporary full certificate fee: $50.

     

    How to pay

    There are 3 ways to pay: by cheque, credit card or cash/debit.

    Cheque

    • Complete the payment information form.
    • Provide a cheque in the appropriate amount made out to Goverment of Yukon.
    • We will cash the cheque if we approve your licence.

    Credit card

    • Complete the payment information form.
    • If you submit your application in-person, by courier or mail, you may include your credit card info on your payment information form.
    • If you submit your application by email or fax, do not include your credit card info on your form. We will contact you for your credit card info.
    • We will take payment when ready to your issue licence.

    Cash/debit

  6. Submit your complete application package

    Submit your complete application package. This must include:

    • your completed application form;
    • all supporting documents; and
    • your payment form.

    If sending by mail, courier or in-person, you may also include a cheque for your fees made out to "Government of Yukon." If you do not include a cheque, we will contact you regarding payment when we are ready to issue your licence.

    We typically process applications within 10 business days. We'll confirm you have met all legal requirements before issuing a permit.

    We may return your application if you have not provided all the required documentation. ​

     

    How to submit

    • In person or by courier at 307 Black Street, Whitehorse Y1A 2N1. We're open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Email: physio.plra@gov.yk.ca
    • Fax: 867-667-3609
    • Mail:
      Government of Yukon
      Professional Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (C-5)
      Box 2703
      Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6

Contact 

For questions about the applying for a physiotherapist full certificate, email physio.plra@gov.yk.ca or phone 867-667-5111 or toll free in Yukon 1-800-661-0408, ext. 5111.