CRTO Registration FAQs

Annual Registration Renewal FAQs

Renewal – General

1. How do I renew my registration?

To renew your registration, you must complete the following three items before February 28, 2018:

  1. Annual registration fee payment;
  2. Online registration renewal information update; and
  3. The new RelevanT e-learning module.

All Members must renew online via the Member Login section of the CRTO website at www.crto.on.ca . Paper renewal forms are not available.

To log in, enter your six-digit registration number as your username and your password (minimum 7 characters, must contain at least one letter and one number).

If you are a first time user or cannot remember your password, please click on the “Forgot my password or my username” link on the login window.

Please contact us at questions@crto.on.ca if your account has been locked.

2. What is the deadline for completing my renewal?

The deadline for completing your renewal is February 28, 2018. Late fees will apply if your payment is received after that date and/or if your online renewal form is completed after February 28, 2018.

3. How do I confirm that my registration renewal is complete?

To confirm that you have successfully renewed, check your profile under the Member Login area of the CRTO website.  The main page will display your renewal status. It may take up to 48 hours for payment information to be updated on the renewal status page.

4. Will I receive a new certificate of registration?

Yes, if you renew your registration on time, your 2018/19 certificate will be available online under the Member Login area of the CRTO website after March 5, 2018.

5. Why do I need to renew my registration every year?

Your current certificate of registration will expire on February 28, 2018.To maintain your CRTO registration, you must pay an annual registration fee, and complete the online renewal form.

The renewal process helps to ensure that everyone practising as a Respiratory Therapist in Ontario is registered with the CRTO and that their information is accurate and up to date.

Some information collected during the renewal process is used for aggregate analysis, for example, to provide a realistic picture of the size, distribution and areas of practice of the profession in Ontario, and to identify labour mobility trends.

6. What happens if I don’t renew my registration?

Registration with a regulatory body works differently than, say, your driver’s license. With a driver’s license, if you don’t renew it will simply lapse and you won’t have a license. With a CRTO registration; however, you have to tell us if you are planning to let it lapse (for example, if you’re moving to another province or retiring). If you don’t notify us, we have to assume that you’re intending to still practice in Ontario….which means that the following will happen:

If you don’t complete the online annual renewal form or pay your registration fee by February 28, 2018, your registration may be suspended.

You will first receive a Notice of Intent to Suspend and will be given 30 days to:

  • Pay the registration fee;
  • Complete the renewal form; and
  • Pay any additional late fees that apply.

After 30 days, if you haven’t completed the renewal then your certificate of registration will be suspended.

The suspension will be displayed on the CRTO’s Register of Members.

Anyone whose registration has been suspended is:

  • Prohibited from practising Respiratory Therapy in Ontario
  • Prohibited from using title “Respiratory Therapist,” a variation or abbreviation of “Respiratory Therapist”, or an equivalent in another language, or
  • Prohibited from holding himself/herself out in any way as someone who is qualified to practise Respiratory Therapy in Ontario.

If you have been suspended for failing to renew and wish to resume practising in Ontario, you will have to meet the requirements for reinstatement and pay an additional $280.00 reinstatement fee.

7. I did not receive a renewal notice. Do I still have to renew my registration?

Yes, your current certificate of registration will expire at the end of February. It is each Member’s responsibility to ensure that s/he renews their registration on or before the certificate expiry date. The CRTO is not responsible for lost or misdirected mail. However, if you did not receive the renewal notice, please check your mailing address information under the Member Login area of the CRTO website to ensure that your correct address information is on file.

8. I recently got married and would like to change my last name with the CRTO. Can I change my last name as part of my renewal?

No, it is not possible to change your registered last name as part of the renewal process. To do so, please complete the Name Change form, and submit the form to our office together with a copy of supporting documentation (e.g., your marriage certificate).

Renewal – Fees

9. What are the annual registration fees?

Fees for the March 1 2018 – February 28, 2019 registration year are as follows:

Annual Registration Fees

$560.00

$560.00

$560.00

$100.00

General Certificate of Registration

Limited Certificate of Registration

Graduate Certificate of Registration

Inactive Certificate of Registration

Other Fees

$155.00

$50.00

$45.00

$280.00

Late (General, Limited, Graduate Certificates of Registration)

Late Inactive Certificate of Registration

NSF Charge

Reinstatement (from suspended)

10. Why has the registration fee increased?

This marks the first fee increase for RTs since the CRTO opened its doors 24 years ago and is necessary to offset the cost of inflation over that period. The amount of the increase is expected to cover projected CRTO operating costs for the next 5-7 years and the increase will be phased in over a 2-year period.

The 2018 fee for Members in the General, Limited and Graduate Classes of Registration has been increased to $560. The second $60 increase will occur in 2019.

11. Will I receive a tax receipt for my registration fee payment?

Yes, electronic tax receipts will be available under the Member Login area of the CRTO website after March 5, 2018.

12. I am only working as a Respiratory Therapist on a part-time basis (10 hours per week). Do I still need to pay the full $560.00 fee?

Yes, Members who are practising in Ontario, regardless of the number of hours or their employment status (e.g., full time, part time or casual) are required to pay the $560.00 annual registration fee.

Renewal – Options, Status Changes

13. I am currently on a leave of absence and will not be practising for a year. How should I renew?

If you are on a leave of absence and not practising as a Respiratory Therapist in Ontario, you may consider one of the following options:

  • Option AChange your CRTO registration to Inactive

You may apply for the Inactive Certificate online, as part of your 2018 registration renewal. [Login to complete the online registration renewal (click on the “Renew Now” button), and then when you are on the Renewal Options page, choose the “Change to Inactive option”].  The Inactive registration fee is $100.00.

Remember: Inactive Members can’t practise as Respiratory Therapists in Ontario or use the Respiratory Therapist title or designation. Like all CRTO Members, however, Inactive Members are required to renew their registration on an annual basis, update their contact information with the CRTO and participate in the Professional Development Program.

For more information about the Inactive Certificate of Registration, please see the Inactive Fact Sheet.

NOTE: Changing to Inactive is not an option available to Graduate Members.

  • Option B – Resign your registration

To resign your CRTO registration, please complete the resignation form. You may submit the resignation form to our office by email, fax or mail.

When you resign your CRTO registration, you are no longer registered as a Respiratory Therapist in Ontario. This means that you no longer need to renew your registration, pay registration fees, or participate in the Professional Development Program.

Of course, once resigned you cannot use the Respiratory Therapist title or practise as a Respiratory Therapist in Ontario.  

NOTE: Resignation is not a permanent status. If you do resign, you are always welcome to reapply for registration .

  • Option C – Maintain your current certificate of registration.

Even though you are not practising at this time, you may still choose to maintain your current certificate of registration. To do so, simply complete the registration renewal (this will include updating your employment status to a “leave of absence”).

14. I am moving to another province. Should I renew my CRTO registration?

If you are moving to another province and will not be practising in Ontario on or after March 1, 2018, you may consider one of the following options:

  • Option AChange your CRTO registration to Inactive

You may apply for the Inactive Certificate online, as part of your 2018 registration renewal. [Login to complete the online registration renewal (click on the “Renew Now” button), and then when you are on the Renewal Options page, choose the “Change to Inactive option”].  The Inactive registration fee is $100.00.

Remember: Inactive Members can’t practise as Respiratory Therapists in Ontario or use the Respiratory Therapist title or designation. Like all CRTO Members, however, Inactive Members are required to renew their registration on an annual basis, update their contact information with the CRTO and participate in the Professional Development Program.

For more information about the Inactive Certificate of Registration, please see the Inactive Fact Sheet.

NOTE: Changing to Inactive is not an option available to Graduate Members.

  • Option B – Resign your registration

To resign your CRTO registration, please complete the resignation form. You may submit the resignation form to our office by email, fax or mail.

When you resign your CRTO registration, you are no longer registered as a Respiratory Therapist in Ontario. This means that you no longer need to renew your registration, pay registration fees, or participate in the Professional Development Program.

Of course, once resigned you cannot use the Respiratory Therapist title or practise as a Respiratory Therapist in Ontario.  

NOTE: Resignation is not a permanent status. If you do resign, you are always welcome to reapply for registration .

  • Option C – Maintain your current certificate of registration.

Even though you will not be practising in Ontario, you may still choose to maintain your current certificate of registration with the CRTO. To do so, simply complete the registration renewal (this will include updating your employment status to “practising in another province”).

When making your decision, consider whether you are planning to return to Ontario and if so, when? For example, if you are going to be back in Ontario in a short period, renewing your current registration or changing to Inactive may be more practical.

Remember: If you simply don’t renew, it doesn’t automatically close your registration – you actually need to notify us!  Otherwise, your certificate will be suspended rather than simply discontinued.

15. I’m pregnant and will be going on a maternity leave in July 2018. Do I still have to pay the full $560 registration fee?

Yes, if you are going to be practising on and after March 1, 2018, you will need to renew your current General Certificate of Registration and pay the $560.00 registration fee. However, when you start your parental leave of absence, you may consider one of the following options:

At the time of your application, you may be eligible for a partial refund of the registration fee you paid as part of your 2018/19 renewal. For example, if your Inactive Certificate of Registration is issued in July, you may be eligible for a $280.00 refund.

Remember: Inactive Members can’t practise as Respiratory Therapists in Ontario or use the Respiratory Therapist title or designation. Like all CRTO Members, however, Inactive Members are required to renew their registration on an annual basis, update their contact information with the CRTO and participate in the Professional Development Program.

For more information about the Inactive Certificate of Registration, please see the Inactive Fact Sheet.

NOTE: Changing to Inactive is not an option available to Graduate Members.

  • Option B – Resign your registration

At the time of your resignation, you may be eligible for a partial refund of the registration fee you paid as part of your 2018/19 renewal. For example, if your Inactive Certificate of Registration is issued in July, you may be eligible for a $280.00 refund.

When you resign your CRTO registration, you are no longer registered as a respiratory therapist in Ontario. This means that you no longer need to renew your registration, pay registration fees, or participate in the Professional Development Program.

Of course, once resigned you cannot use the Respiratory Therapist title or practise as a Respiratory Therapist in Ontario.  

NOTE: Resignation is not a permanent status. If you do resign, you are always welcome to reapply for registration .

  • Option C – Maintain your current certificate of registration.

Even though you will not be practising in Ontario, you may still choose to maintain your current certificate of registration with the CRTO.

16. I am an RT working as the ICU Manager at our hospital. I do not provide direct patient care. Can I renew as an Inactive Member?

The purpose of the Inactive Certificate is to allow Members of the CRTO, who are not currently working in Ontario, to maintain their CRTO registration. For example, RRTs on parental, sick or educational leave or those practicing outside of Ontario often choose to apply for the Inactive Certificate.

As outlined in the CRTO’s Am I practicing as a Respiratory Therapist? document, activities that involve “providing administrative services that have a direct or indirect effect on those who receive healthcare services” are considered to be part of RT practice. Accordingly, your position as the ICU Manager would be considered as part of the scope of practice of Respiratory Therapy. As such, you cannot change your CRTO registration to Inactive.

17. I’m currently Inactive, but will be going back to work in February? How should I renew my registration?

If you are planning on going back to work in February 2018 (that is before March 1, 2018), you do need to be reinstated for that one month remaining in the current registration year. That is, before you can go back to work, you will need to apply for reinstatement and pay the $75.00 registration fee to cover your General (active) registration until the end of the current registration year (ending February 28, 2018).

After your application for reinstatement is processed, you will be able to renew your 2018/19 registration as an (active) General Member.

Remember: Inactive Members are not permitted to resume practice in Ontario until after their General or Limited Certificate of Registration has been reinstated by the CRTO. It may take up to eight weeks to process the application for reinstatement.

18. I will be retiring at the end of April 2018. Do I still have to renew and pay the full $560 registration fee?

Yes, if you are going to be practising on and after March 1, 2018, you will need to renew your current General Certificate of Registration and pay the $560.00 registration fee.

However, when you start your retirement, you may consider one of the following options:

At the time of your application, you may be eligible for a partial refund of the registration fee you paid as part of your 2018/19 renewal. For example, if your Inactive Certificate of Registration is issued in April, you may be eligible for a $420.00 refund.

Remember: Inactive Members can’t practise as Respiratory Therapists in Ontario or use the Respiratory Therapist title or designation. Like all CRTO Members, however, Inactive Members are required to renew their registration on an annual basis, update their contact information with the CRTO and participate in the Professional Development Program.

For more information about the Inactive Certificate of Registration, please see the Inactive Fact Sheet.

NOTE: Changing to Inactive is not an option available to Graduate Members.

  • Option B – Resign your registration

At the time of your resignation, you may be eligible for a partial refund of the registration fee you paid as part of your 2018/19 renewal. For example, if your resignation request is processed in April, you may be eligible for a $420.00 refund.

When you resign your CRTO registration, you are no longer registered as a respiratory therapist in Ontario. This means that you no longer need to renew your registration, pay registration fees, or participate in the Professional Development Program.

Of course, once resigned you cannot use the Respiratory Therapist title or practise as a Respiratory Therapist in Ontario.  

NOTE: Resignation is not a permanent status. If you do resign, you are always welcome to reapply for registration .

  • Option C – Maintain your current certificate of registration.

Even though you will not be practising in Ontario, you may still choose to maintain your current certificate of registration with the CRTO.

19. I retired a month ago, and don’t want to renew my registration.

If you retired from practice, and do not want to continue to be registered with the CRTO, please remember that you will need to officially resign your registration. Registration with a regulatory body works differently than, say, your driver’s license. With a driver’s license, if you don’t renew it will simply lapse and you won’t have a license. With a CRTO registration, however, you have to tell us if you are planning to let it lapse (for example, if you are retiring).

To resign your CRTO registration, please complete and submit the resignation form. You may submit the form to us by email, fax or mail.

When you resign your CRTO registration, you are no longer registered as a Respiratory Therapist in Ontario. This means that you no longer need to renew your registration, pay registration fees, or participate in the Professional Development Program. Of course, once resigned you cannot use the Respiratory Therapist title or practise as a Respiratory Therapist in Ontario.  

NOTE: Resignation is not a permanent status. If you do resign, you are always welcome to reapply for registration.

Renewal – Professional Development Program

20. I was informed when I joined the CRTO that I need to participate in the Professional Development Porgram. However, I am not currently working as an RT in Ontario. Do I still need to participate in the Professional Development Program?

Yes, all CRTO Members must participate in the Professional Development Program regardless of whether or not they are currently working as RTs in Ontario. For example, all Members are required to maintain a Professional Portfolio for Respiratory Therapists (PORTfolioOM) on an ongoing basis, and must complete the RelevanT e-Learning module on an annual basis.