To practise as a Respiratory Therapist in Ontario, you must be registered with the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario (CRTO). You may not work as a Respiratory Therapist or use the Respiratory Therapist title or designation (e.g., GRT, RRT) in Ontario until you have received written confirmation from the CRTO that your certificate of registration has been issued. Working as an RT includes participating in an employer clinical orientation or training.
If you are applying for registration with the CRTO, and you have not graduated from one of the approved respiratory therapy programs, you will be required to complete the CRTO’s entry-to-practice assessment. The assessment is based on the National Competency Framework (NCF). The NCF is a list of competencies considered essential for entering the practice of respiratory therapy in Ontario. Please note, applicants who are currently registered in Canada and applying through the labour mobility provisions should review the Applicants from Other Canadian Jurisdictions section.
To start the registration process you must complete the online application, pay the $75.00 application fee, and submit all required documentation to the CRTO.
The Application and Assessment Guide provides a detailed overview of the registration requirements and process.
Steps in the Application Process
- Complete the Self Assessment Readiness ToolTM. The SART is designed to help internationally educated healthcare professionals understand the respiratory therapy profession in Canada. It describes what respiratory therapists in Canada are expected to know and do. The SART does not provide any evidence or assurance that you will obtain employment as a Respiratory Therapist in Canada. There is no direct link between the completion of the SART and the CRTO’s assessment process; however, the tool will help you assess your skills based on Respiratory Therapist competency guidelines and to identify possible pathways. The SART is offered at no charge, and the information you provide while completing the self-assessment will not be shared with the CRTO.
- Review the Registration Requirements section and the Application and Assessment Guide
- Complete the online application and pay the $75.00 application fee (online Visa or MasterCard transaction).
- One or two business days after your online application is received, the CRTO will email you with information on how to access the Applicant Portal and check the status of your application.
- Log in to the Applicant Portal to submit (upload) supporting documents, for example, proof of Canadian citizenship, permanent residency status, or a valid work permit.
- Ensure that other supporting documentation has been sent to the CRTO from third-party organizations, for example:
- Course-by-Course Credential Evaluation and Authentication Report from a member of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada, for example: International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS), International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES) or World Education Services (Canada)
- Employment Verification Form – If you have been practising as a Respiratory Therapist (or in a related filed) in the last five years, you will need to complete the Employment Verification Form.
- Registration Verification Form – If you hold (or have ever held) a license or registration to practise Respiratory Therapy outside of Ontario, and/or if you hold (or have ever held) a license or registration to practise another profession, you will need to complete the Registration Verification Form.
Steps in the Entry to Practice Assessment
- Application Review and Assessment Fee– To start the assessment process, you will need to submit the $500.00 assessment fee which will cover the Education Review and the Interview (see below).
- Education Review– The CRTO will conduct a detail (content) review of your education program. The purpose of this review is to determine if your educational qualifications are sufficiently similar to the Canadian standard reflected in the NCF. As part of the education program review you will be asked to complete the Education Program Review Worksheet and submit the form to the CRTO office together with supporting documentation (e.g., detailed course outlines, program curriculum/syllabus).
- Structured Interview – after the program review is complete, you will be asked to attend a structured interview. The interview will be conducted by two Respiratory Therapists who have been contracted by the CRTO. The interviewers will ask you questions and compare your knowledge, skills, and experience against the competencies listed in the NCF.
- Feedback– After the interview, you will receive an interim assessment report. The report will be based on the educational program review and the structured interview. At that time, you will also be asked to meet with CRTO staff to review your interim assessment report and to discuss the next steps in the assessment process.
- Clinical Skills Assessment(CSA) – in this final stage in the assessment process, you will be asked to demonstrate your ability to safely and effectively apply your practical skills and clinical reasoning in clinical simulations. The CSAs are conducted by a CRTO approved simulation facility in Toronto. The fee for the CSA is $4,250.00. For detailed information about the CSA, please see the CSA Guide.
- Registration Committee Referral – after you complete all three stages of the assessment process, your application will be referred to a Panel of the Registration Committee. The Panel will review a comprehensive assessment report prepared by the CRTO staff. The report will incorporate the results of the educational review, structured interview, and clinical skills assessment. For more information about the referral process, please see the Referral to the Registration Committee
- If the Registration Committee orders to issue you a certificate of registration, you will be asked to submit the applicable registration fee.
- After the registration fee is processed, you will receive your certificate of registration. The CRTO will send you an email confirmation when your certificate is issued.
Application and Assessment Process Map
You may not work as a Respiratory Therapist or in any way hold yourself out as a person qualified to practise respiratory therapy in Ontario until after you have been issued a certificate of registration.
All applicants have the option, at any time, to apply for enrollment in a full-time Canadian Respiratory Therapy program (outside of the CRTO application process). For more information, please see the Ontario Colleges Application System (OCAS) at www.ontariocolleges.ca/portal/page/portal/ONTCOL/Home.
For information on immigrating to Canada or obtaining a work permit, visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada. For more information on living and working in Ontario, visit Ontario Immigration and HealthForceOntario Access Centre.
Once registered, you will be required to:
- obtain liability insurance coverage as outlined in the Professional Liability Insurance Policy;
- complete the online Launch RT Jurisprudence Assessment;
- inform the CRTO of any change to the information provided on your application form within 30 days of the change;
- renew your registration on an annual basis, and
- participate in the CRTO’s Quality Assurance Program.
If you have any questions about the application process, please Contact Us.