Rostering for Authorized Activities/Controlled Acts

Rostering for a controlled act is the process where physiotherapists add their names to a list indicating they have the required training, education and experience to safely perform the higher risk activity. 

Physiotherapists must roster for each of the authorized activities or controlled acts they perform in their practice. Rostering must be completed online and is mandatory for any physiotherapist doing these identified authorized activities under their own authority.
The only exception is communicating a diagnosis. This authorized activity does not require rostering as it is considered an essential competency.

Anyone performing:

  • tracheal suctioning 
  • spinal manipulation 
  • acupuncture (including dry needling)
  • treating a wound below the dermis 
  • assessing or rehabilitating pelvic musculature and
  • administering a substance by inhalation 
must roster for each activity they are performing.

Rostering to Work with Physiotherapist Assistants

Physiotherapists are now required to roster if they work with physiotherapist assistants.

In choosing to roster, you are confirming that you have read the the Physiotherapists Working with Physiotherapist Assistants Standard and you understand your professional obligations when working with assistants.

If you are working with Physiotherapist Assistants and need to roster, you can email and advise that you are now working with PTAs. The Registration Team will take care of the rest. Please note that you cannot do this yourself in the Portal.

You are NOT required to have specific training or education related to working with assistants. 

You are also agreeing to contact the College if you no longer work with physiotherapist assistants.

Rostering information is available to the public through the Public Register.

Authorized Activities/Controlled Acts

Physiotherapists were granted the authority to perform additional authorized activities because of changes to the Physiotherapy Act in 2011. With the increased privilege to perform these specific authorized activities came an increased responsibility to demonstrate to the public and patients that physiotherapists provide safe, quality care. To support this, Council directed the College to introduce a rostering system.

Physiotherapists who perform authorized activities under their own authority must roster for each of these activities with the College.

Activities that require rostering include: 

  • tracheal suctioning 
  • performing spinal manipulation 
  • acupuncture (including dry needling)
  • treating a wound below the dermis 
  • assessing or rehabilitating pelvic musculature
  • administering a substance by inhalation 

Rostering for communicating a diagnosis is not necessary as it is considered an essential competency for physiotherapists. Rostering for diagnostic activities such as ordering a prescribed form of energy, x-ray investigations and specified laboratory tests is not in effect. Physiotherapists cannot be rostered for those activities as the College is awaiting approval of related regulations.

In August 2011, the Standard of Professional Practice: Controlled Acts was replaced by the Performing Controlled Acts and Other Restricted Activities Standard

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How to Roster Using the Online System for Physiotherapists

Step 1:    
Log in to the College’s online registration system using your User ID and Password. (Your User ID is your registration number). Last year, the College gave members the functionality to change their own passwords online. The College no longer has access to your password on file. If you have forgotten your password, reset your password, by clicking "Forgot Password".  

Step 2:    
Select ‘Roster to Perform Authorized Activities’ from the menu on the left side of the page. Click on the plus sign (+) to roster for a new activity. You must repeat the process and roster individually for each of the activities you do.

Step 3:    
Select the authorized activity and click beside the activity to select it.
  • Indicate the year training was completed and how you received your training—formal or informal training program.
  • Describe the theory, practical portions of your education and how you were assessed.
  • Indicate the country where you received your training.
  • Indicate whether you have performed the activity in the last two years or completed education or training over the last two years.

Step 4:    
Complete a declaration that indicates:
  • the information provided is factual
  • you have the knowledge, skills and judgement necessary to perform the activity
  • you understand you may be selected for a peer assessment more frequently (eligible for selection every three years rather than five years)
  • that you have reviewed and understand the related Standard.

Step 5: 
Click on the I Agree button. Your information is submitted and you are automatically added to that roster.

Step 6:    
Review your current roster status using the online registration system by clicking on "Roster to Perform Authorized Activities" or reviewing your profile on the Public Register.

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Please note:
The web page will time out after 30 minutes of inactivity if no information is submitted. The online roster form will NOT save partial information. Please have all answers complete before saving to add yourself to a roster.

You may want to complete the rostering information in a Word document and paste the information into the online roster form to avoid timing out.

Roster using the online registration system

Practice Assessments for Physiotherapists Doing Rostered Activities

As part of the College’s quality assurance requirements, physiotherapists performing rostered authorized activities are asked additional questions during their practice assessment. These extra questions measure expectations outlined in the Standard for Professional Practice: Performing Authorized Activities. Physiotherapists who roster for more than one authorized activity will have one assessment that covers all rostered activities. 

People who perform authorized activities are eligible to be selected for a practice assessment every three years, rather than every five years.

The addition of questions related to rostered authorized activities was introduced to practice assessments in early 2013. 


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Learn more about the College's Practice Assessment Process on the Quality Management section of the website.

Diagnostics Regulation Update


In September 2011, the scope of practice of physiotherapists was expanded. We have been waiting for the government to make regulations under the Regulated Health Professions Act, the Healing Arts Radiation Protection Act and the Laboratory and Specimen Collection Centre Licensing Act to enable physiotherapists to order forms of energy (e.g., diagnostic ultrasound), x-rays and laboratory tests. 

The College has no authority to make these regulations. 

We recently became aware that the government is unlikely to make these regulations in the immediate future. While we expect this may come as discouraging news, we want to reassure you that the knowledge, skills and judgement of appropriately trained physiotherapists to undertake these activities is not in doubt. You may work to the full scope of your abilities through partnerships and delegation and we, at the College, welcome your inquiries about what this might entail. 

Questions about rostering?

Contact the College at or call 1-800-583-5885 or 416-591-3828 ext. 222.


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