Returning to Practice in NS

Registration information for the applicants returning to work and who were previously licensed in NS, or in a Canadian Jurisdiction:

  • Previously employed as a physiotherapist in Canada or Nova Scotia and returning to work in Nova Scotia.
  • Completed the PCE or were Grandfathered in (registered in Canadian jurisdict prior to March 1999)
  • Are not currently suspended or under investigation in another jurisdiction
    • Have a total of 1200 practice hours in the preceding 5 yrs. (if you graduated 2 or more years ago).

Refer to Flow Chart and Document Checklist and Registration Guide  (Review Renewal/Reinstatement of License if previously registered in NS).

You must complete the Initial Registration Form for licensure in the Nova Scotia College of Physiotherapists (NSCP) and return the completed Registration form along with the following:

    1. Payment completed for the current registration fee as appropriate in Canadian funds
    2. A Regulatory History from the previous or current jurisdictions you have practiced in, including practice hours (If applicable)
    3. Proof of current Malpractice Insurance
    4. Updated Resume/Curriculum Vitae with a chronological listing of previous education & employment, including a description of your clinical and non-clinical experience.
    5. Letters from two References one of which must be a professional reference from Employer or Supervisor
    6. A Vulnerable Sector check or International Criminal Record check if practicing outside of Canada
    7. Copy of Birth Certificate or Passport
    8. Unmounted Passport size photo (not needed if submitting passport document)
    9. Proof of PCE completion if applicable

*PLEASE NOTE: The completion of the licensing process may take up to a maximum of 5 business days after the College receives all fees and documentation.

NOTE: If you do not meet the 1200 hours requirement and have previously completed the national exam (PCE), you will be required to do a re-entry program. If you have not done the PCE process previously, you will be required to complete the national written exam in order to be eligible for registration.