Fact Sheet – Physiotherapist

Last updated: December 2019

Regulated profession:

  • Physiotherapist
NOC 2016¹ Occupation
3142 Physiotherapist


Regulated title:

  • Registered Physiotherapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Physical Therapist (P.T.)

National body:

  • Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators is the national federation of physiotherapy regulators in Canada. The Alliance:
    • Conducts the Assessment of Educational Credentials and Qualifications (Credentialing) for IEPs applying to a physiotherapy regulatory body in Canada (with the exception of Quebec)
    • Administers the (entry-to-practice) Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE).
  • The Alliance is not a regulatory body.

Application process: (for professional registration)

Credential assessment:

Language proficiency:

Professional competency profiles:


Membership association:

Essential skills profiles:

Job Bank provides Essential Skills Profiles for over 350 occupations.  Each profile describes how individuals apply the Nine Literacy and Essential Skills in the workplace.  The nine skills are Reading, Document Use, Writing, Numeracy, Oral Communication, Thinking, Digital Technology, Working with Others, and Continuous Learning.

To search an Essential Skills Profile:

Employment outlook:

  • Open Explore careers by outlook
  • Enter occupation name or NOC code in window; click “Search”
  • Scroll down to view employment outlook by provinces and regions across Canada.

Job search tools:

To search job postings in any occupation visit:

  • Government of Canada – Job Bank – Job Search
  • Government of Canada – Job Bank – Job Match 

Related occupations / Alternate careers:

There are many reasons an internationally-educated physiotherapist may be interested in working in a related occupation.  Related occupations provide an individual with the opportunity to:

  • apply his/her skills and experience in a different (but related) occupation;
  • gain meaningful, interim employment while pursuing professional certification;
  • gain meaningful, alternative employment (as a stepping stone or career goal) if he/she chooses not to pursue professional certification or if he/she is not eligible to pursue professional certification.

See information at CAPR Alternative Careers.

Listed below are examples of occupations in the broader field of physiotherapy and health. While each occupation will have its own set of employment requirements, none are regulated occupations in Manitoba and therefore do not have certification / registration requirements with a professional regulatory body.  Employers often, however, require applicants to have job-specific experience, training, and/or certification. Always check the hiring criteria carefully.  Hiring criteria is set by the employer and will vary from employer to employer.

NOC 2016¹ Occupation
5254 Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness
3414 Other assisting occupations in support of health services (Open NOC 3414; Click “View all Titles”)
4412 Home support workers and related occupations
3413 Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
4215 Instructors of persons with disabilities
0513 Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors
4167 Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers
5252 Coaches

Note: This Fact Sheet was developed by Manitoba Education and Training, Immigration and Economic Opportunities Division.  It serves as a guide and will be updated periodically. When researching information on professional registration policies and procedures, always refer to the regulator to ensure accurate, up-to-date information.

1 The Government of Canada updates the National Occupational Classification (NOC) every five years. At present, users can access three versions of NOC (2016, 2011, and 2006) on the NOC website. With each update, some NOC codes will change but the majority will stay the same. When searching an occupation on the NOC website always use the most recent version (NOC 2016). The Government of Canada also operates Job Bank using NOC codes. Job Bank, however, currently operates on NOC 2011. When navigating on Job Bank, always use 2011 NOC codes.