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Registration Requirements for Internationally Educated Respiratory Therapists

To practise as a regulated health professional in Ontario, you must be a member of your profession’s regulatory college and hold a certificate of registration. Regulated health professionals are required by law to deliver competent, ethical and professional services, and are accountable to the public through their respective colleges.

The College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario (CRTO) regulates the practice of respiratory therapy and governs the Members of the College in the public interest.

Ontario Registration Requirements

To practice as a respiratory therapist in Ontario, internationally educated respiratory therapists must hold a Certificate of Registration and meet the requirements set out by the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario. To become eligible for the Certificate of Registration, internationally educated respiratory therapists must meet the following registration requirements:

  1. Complete and submit a pre-registration form.
  2. Have academic credentials verified by World Education Services (WES).
  3. Have graduated from a program in respiratory therapy that has been approved or considered equivalent by the College (a list of the approved programs is posted on the CRTO website).
  4. Successfully undergo a competency review.
  5. Submit an application for registration.
  6. Successful completion of the Canadian Board of Respiratory Care (CBRC) national certification examination as the entry to practice examination.
    • Note: Prior to completing the approved examination, an applicant may be granted a Graduate Certificate of Registration. This is a temporary certificate of registration – issued for 18 months. It allows the Graduate Member to perform the functions of a respiratory therapist under the supervision of a General RRT or another regulated health professional.
  7. Must be able to communicate effectively in English or French in a healthcare environment.
  8. Must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada or be authorized under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) to engage in the practice of respiratory therapy.
  9. An applicant for registration must have met the education requirement within the 2 years immediately preceding the application for registration unless the applicant was practicing respiratory therapy within that two-year period.
  10. Must not have been found guilty of:
    • A criminal offence in Canada or in any jurisdiction outside of Canada;
    • An offense related to prescribing, compounding, dispensing, selling or administering drugs;
    • An offence that occurred while practicing health care;
    • An offence in which the applicant was impaired or intoxicated; or
    • Any other offence relevant to the applicant’s suitability to practice the profession
  11. The applicant must also satisfy the College that he or she has not been found guilty of professional misconduct, incompetence, incapacity or other similar conduct in another profession or in another jurisdiction in respiratory therapy.

To learn more about the registration requirements, please visit the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario website.

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