Fact Sheet - Physiotherapist

Regulated profession (NOC 2021)
Regulatory bodyCollege of Physiotherapists of Manitoba (CPM)
Regulated titles
  • Registered Physiotherapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Physical Therapist (P.T.)
National bodiesThe Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) is the national body that assesses the credentials of internationally educated physiotherapists on behalf of provincial/territorial regulators and administers the Written Component of the Physiotherapy Competency Exam.
Membership associationsThe Canadian Physiotherapists Association (CPA) offers various membership types, including student membership.

The Manitoba Physiotherapy Association (MPA) is a branch of the CPA that offers a separate membership.
Registration processSee CPM - For Internationally Educated Professionals - Registration Process.
Credential assessmentSee CAPR - Credentialling Overview.
Language proficiencySee CPM - For Internationally Educated Professionals - Registration Process (Language Requirements) and CAPR - Language Requirement.
Bridging/gap programsSee CAPR - Bridging Programs.
Essential skills profileGo to Job Bank - Explore careers by essential skills, search for the occupation via name or NOC code, and view the essential skills profile.
Employment outlookGo to Job Bank - Explore job outlooks, search the occupation name or NOC code, and view employment outlook by provinces and regions across Canada.
Job search toolsSee MPA - Employment Opportunities.

To search job postings in any occupation, visit Job Bank or Work in Manitoba.
Related occupations/alternate careers (NOC 2021)Below are examples of occupations in the broader field of physiotherapy and health:

  • 32109 – Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
  • 54100 – Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness
  • 33109 – Other assisting occupations in support of health services
  • 44101 – Home support workers, caregivers and related occupations
  • 33102 – Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
  • 42203 – Instructors of persons with disabilities
  • 50012 – Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors
  • 41406 – Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers
  • 53201 – Coaches

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.
Last updated December 2022.


  1. This fact sheet serves as a guide and will be updated periodically. When researching information on professional registration processes, always refer to the regulator to ensure accurate, up-to-date information.
  2. The Government of Canada updates the National Occupational Classification (NOC) every five years. At present, users can access four versions of NOC (2021, 2016, 2011, and 2006) on the NOC website. When searching an occupation on the NOC website, always use the most recent version (NOC 2021).
  3. The regulatory body is the only organization that can grant entry into a regulated occupation via registration and the issuing of a licence or certificate. Other organizations (e.g., national bodies, regional bodies, membership associations, etc.) are not regulatory bodies.