Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a CRTO membership?

To start the application process you will need to complete and submit the application for registration form, together with the $75.00 application fee and supporting documentation. You may submit your documentation by mail or in person. For more information, please review the Application for Registration Guide.

You can access the application package:

  • online
  • by requesting that the package be mailed to you; or
  • by picking up the application package in person from our office.
How long does the application process take?

Applications received will be processed within 1-2 business days, incomplete applications will take longer to process. We will email you to confirm we have received your application and to notify you if anything is missing.

How much does it cost to register with the CRTO?

There is a $75.00 application fee which must be submitted at the time of application. After the application is approved, and before a certificate can be issued, the applicant will be asked to submit a registration fee.

The initial registration fee is prorated quarterly for more information regarding the registration fee, please visit the Schedule of Fees.

The fee you pay at the time of your registration will cover your membership until the end of the registration year (that is the end of February).

As a Member of the CRTO, you will be required to renew your registration on an annual basis.


What methods of payment does the CRTO accept?

All fees are payable in Canadian funds. Payment can be made by one of the following:

  • Cheque payable to the CRTO
  • Money Order payable to the CRTO
  • Visa / MasterCard

When submitting a payment, you may use the payment form posted on our website or call our office with a Visa / Master Card payment authorization.

Can I apply for registration before graduation?

Yes, if you are in the final year of a respiratory therapy program, you may submit your application before the end of the school year. Your file will remain incomplete until such time as the CRTO receives a confirmation of your program completion. You must ensure that your academic transcript has been sent directly to the CRTO from the academic institution.

I answered “YES” to one of the conduct questions in section 10 of the Application for Registration. Will my application be denied?

Answering “yes” to one of the conduct questions does not necessarily make you ineligible for registration with the CRTO. However, it is likely that your application will be referred to the Registration Committee for consideration. You will be asked to provide a detailed explanation in writing. Members of the Registration Committee will review your submission and consider the possible impact of the conduct on the practice of the profession.

Do I need to be registered with the CRTO to write the HPTC exam?

No. If you are a first-time exam writer and have graduated from an approved Respiratory Therapy program, you are automatically eligible to write the HPTC examination.

Applicants who were not successful on their first exam attempt and who are applying to rewrite the exam or those exam candidates who have not graduated from one of the approved respiratory therapy programs should contact the CRTO to ensure that they are eligible to write the exam (to meet the CRTO registration requirements