How to Get a Physiotherapy Job in Ireland

Apply for Recognition of Qualifications with CORU

If you have a Physiotherapy qualification from outside Ireland, you can't directly apply for registeration as a Physiotherapist in until you first have a letter of Recognition.

Your professional qualification and any additional relevant post qualifying education and training / work experience will be assessed against the threshold standards of proficiency required for practise of the profession and entry to the Register in Ireland.

If your professional activities as a Physiotherapist in your country of qualification is not comparable with those of Ireland
then your qualification cannot be recognised.
If, however, your  professional activities are comparable but you have some deficits according to their Physiotherapy
standards of proficiency, your subsequent post-qualification training and professional work experience will be considered.
If deficits still remain, you will be offered a choice between two options;
1. completing a period of adaptation (A number have complained about the difficulty in getting a place for their adaptation).
2. an aptitude test

How long this Process Takes:
- Within 7 days of receiving your application. CORU will send you a written acknowledgement of receipt.
- Within 1 month: CORU will let you know whether your application is complete or has missing documentation.
-Within 4 months: CORU will send you their verdict.

Supporting Documents to Submit with your Application for Recognition of Qualifications:

1. Certified copy of proof of identity (certified colour copy of the
front page and the photo page of your passport).
2. Certified copy of your birth certificate.
3. Certified copy of evidence of change of name (if applicable, such as a
marriage certificate).
4. Certified copy of Physiotherapy qualification (s) awarded.
5. Certified copy of official transcripts for qualification (s) awarded.
Your transcripts should contain:
-All course modules / units you studied during your training broken down by each year
- All marks / grades / credits you were awarded
- Length of course of study
6. Certified description of the course content – course syllabus / handbook which should show:
- All course modules / units studied in each year;
- Detailed descriptions of the subjects taken and course content in each year.
- All your supervised and assessed practice placements and any periods of block placements.
7. Certified documentary evidence of eligibility to practise.
8. Certified copies of certificates / transcripts for other additional relevant qualifications.
9. Confirmation by educational institute: You must obtain confirmation for Section 4 of
the application form from the educational institute(s) where you completed your physiotherapy course.
An official contact from your educational institute should stamp and sign the details you have included in this section - your course details.
10. Confirmation by employers: You must obtain confirmation of employment details (Section 5 of the application form) from your employers.
This should be in the form of a stamp or a statement on the organisations headed paper.

Certified Copies
A Solicitor / Lawyer / Notary Public must certify that the documents you submit are true copies of the originals. This means that you will have to show the original documents to the solicitor.
You must submit certified copies of all documents in English or Irish. If the documents are in other languages, you must submit certified copies of an English language translation which has been issued and officially stamped by an official translator. You must include the name and address of the
translator so that we can verify the translation.

€410 (euros) for the application for recognition of qualification.
Payments made in a currency other than Euro will
be returned. Cash is not accepted.

As a Physiotherapist you can also use the
EPC (European Professional Card) for the recognition of your qualifications in Ireland.

Register With CORU as a Physiotherapist

If your qualifications are approved then you need to apply for Registration as a Physiotherapist.

1. Complete the application process and provide all supporting documentation
2. Demonstrate you are fit and proper to practise the profession
3. Verify that you have read, understood and agree to abide by a Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics
4. Satisfy the Registration Board that you have sufficient knowledge of the language necessary to practise the profession in Ireland. This may include undertaking a language test.
5. Pay the required fee
6. Complete an eVetting Invitation Form

Get more information at CORU

In addition:

Register with the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP). They are the sole authoritative body for physiotherapy/ physical therapy in Ireland recognized by the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT).

Some benefits of registering with ISCP 
- Achieving a "Chartered" status is your competitive advantage in the Physiotherapy job market in Ireland.
- You have numerous opportunities to participate in Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
- Access to a professional indemnity insurance scheme.
- Access to a large and influential professional network.

Is Your Physiotherapy Resume up to date?

When last did you look at your resume? If your resume was a software how updated or outdated would it be?
Are you aware of skills employers these days expect Physiotherapists to have? Have you highlighted your most recent achievements in your place of work or do you only add your most recent academic achievements?
What do employers really expect to see in your CV? Do you feel your CV has communicated what the employer or reader would expect to know? Can someone really know you through your CV or is it just a basic chronological template?

Check these 5 tips to ensure you Physiotherapy Resume is on point:

1. When applying for a job, ensure you pay attention to the skills the employer has requested. Check your CV to ensure these requirements are clearly highlighted.
Some jobs are likely to require more skills or information that you already have on your CV. Take time out to add or highlight these skills.

2. Always begin your resume with a brief but concise objective. This opening is an opportunity to introduce yourself from the perspective of your strengths.
Popular information you may put here are your degree, extra certifications, years of experience and conditions you've handled.

3. When charting your work history meticulously touch on areas like
- Awards you have received for your performance at work.
- Physiotherapy treatment modalities you have used and are proficient in, especially new or emerging technologies.
- Patients' conditions you have successfully managed, especially if you had a breakthrough as a result of research or that resulted in research.
- Your work setting; whether a public or private healthcare provider, outpatient, number of beds e.t.c.

4. Include volunteer activities probably with your registration body or Physiotherapy association, and articles you may have written (A good place to publish your articles for free is this blog, "Everything Physio").

5. Research your employer if you can, see how your skills, experience and personality can fit in and highlight this in your CV objectives section. Let it be the first thing they see about you.


Highest Paying Cities to Work in the US

The average annual salary of Physiotherapists in the United States in 2014 was $82,390 on average, and an average hourly wage of $39.61, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Physiotherapy jobs in the US are expected to increase by 34% over the next few years, so it's still looking good for physical therapists.

The top ten Cities in the US where Physiotherapists are paid the highest hourly wages are:

1. California $37.00
2. New Jersey $36.46
3. Maryland $36.11
4. Nevada $26.07
5. Rhode Island $35.92
6. Alaska $35.78
7. Texas $35.54
8. Louisiana $35.23
9. Illinois $35.11
10. West Virginia $35.10

Beyond the actual salary, there are other factors to consider when looking out for the best places to live as a physiotherapist.

You need to consider the cost of living in that city, s high salary with high cost of living may be similar to pouring gallons of water into a large basket if you don't do your research well.

If work-life balance is important to you, then you should also research your options. Of what benefit is it to earn a huge salary that you hardly get any time to enjoy? You end up being"rich", "overworked" and "grumpy".

If your social life means anything to you, then you may consider working in a more vibrant city with a healthy nightlife. Having where to go aside from "work" will always help rejig your mental machine!

So besides the cities that pay Physiotherapists the highest salaries in the US, these are the top 5 States for Physiotherapists to live in the US: Texas, Massachusetts, California, Connecticut and Nevada.

6 New Non-Traditional Areas Physiotherapists Can Practice

Pamela Duffy PT.MEd.OCS has highlighted what APTA terms "Emerging Areas" for Physiotherapy Practice. These new areas are steadily experiencing an increase in Physiotherapists participation.

These 6 new emerging non traditional areas identified by American Physical Therapy Association are:

1. Performing Arts
2. Obesity Management
3. Health Clubs
4. Animal Therapy
5. Women's Health
6. Emergency/Urgent Care

Performing Arts
Professionals in the Performing Arts whose careers depend on their bodies being in good shape are becoming beneficiaries of physical therapy "behind the scenes". Examples of professionals in this field are figure skaters, dancers, musicians, gymnasts, circus performers, dancers, actors and musicians.
When it comes to prevention of rehabilitation from injuries, the  physical therapist is beginning to gain relevance.

Obesity Management
When it comes to Obesity management, one would wonder why it's still an "emerging area" for Physiotherapy practice. Physiotherapists are qualified to develop and supervise wellness programs for the obese and should be the preferred practitioners, especially for those who are prone to injury or conditions like stroke, arthritis, heart disease and diabetes.

Health Clubs
It's not uncommon these days to see a physiotherapist who runs a health club. According to Pamela, " Health clubs welcome the credibility PTs provide, and patients like the convenience of receiving treatment in a health club. In addition, patients benefit from the opportunity to transition seamlessly from a hands-on PT program to an independent wellness and fitness program."

Women's Health
It's quite interesting that these days, women are showing preference for health practitioners that specialize in "Women's Health". Physiotherapists that specialize in women's health handle cases such as post-mastectomy care, fitness, incontinence and osteoporosis, among others.

Animal Therapy
A growing number of physical therapists are now involved in animal rehabilitation, working with mostly horses and dogs.

Emergency Department
Some hospitals now have physical therapists working in their Emergency department. A patient in the emergency ward that has access to physical therapy is a big plus on the path of recovery. Conditions topping the list in the emergency department are acute musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions, especially Back pain.

Highlights of Australia's Immigration Recent Update

1. Australian Govt Cuts Immigration by 15%. Prime minister, Scott Morrison has announcedthat the government will be capping permanent migration at 160,000 for the next four years, this is a drop compared to the previous cap of 190,000.

2. Two new regional visas for skilled workers have been introduced. Foreigners that obtain these visas are  required to stay outside Australia's biggest cities for three years before they can be elligible for a permanent residence. This Visa will cover 23,000 new entrants.

3. People entering Australia under these new regional visas will of course enjoy some privileges as a form of motivation. They will be given priority in their visa processing and have access to a larger pool of available jobs.

4. If you breach the conditions of these new visas by relocating to the big cities you will not be eligible for permanent residence.

5. International students are not left out. 1,000 scholarships will also be offered to encourage more international students to study at regional universities, outside of Australia’s big cities. These scholarships which are also available to local students, are approximately worth $15,000.

6. International students who go for and get these scholarships will also get an extra one year "post-study" work visa.

Learn more

All Eligibility Assessment Applications to Australia Physiotherapy Council will Now be Submitted Online.

All Eligibility Assessment applications made to the Australia Physiotherapy Council on or after Monday 4 March 2019, will not require you to a post certified hard copy documents with your application.

If you already filled the old online Eligibility assessment form and had not submitted it, by March 4th it will be deleted from your dashboard. So you need to submit your application before March 4th, 2019.
If you submit before March 4th then you will still be required to send certified hard copy documents.

The Australia Physiotherapy Council  still request  certified hard copies of your documents if they feel the scanned copies are of poor quality or unclear.

You can check their website for more details.

Happy 2019!

We did it together last year, let's work together this year to achieve your career goals.
Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or request research in your area of interest.
Feel free to also give feedback and share your experiences.

How to Register As a Physiotherapist in Seychelles: the Process

To work as a physiotherapist in Seychelles you will need to register with the Health Professionals Council (HPC) Seychelles.

To get updated in information on the registration process, send an email to the Registrar: or
or call +248 4303745.

This information below is to give you an idea on what is likely to be expected of you:

1. Download the application form and fill it and scan it (except you plan to submit a hard copy or go there physically)

2. Submit with it the following documents:
- A passport type electronic photograph or hard copy of the photograph
- A copy of the passport showing your full name, nationality and date of birth
A copy of all qualifications received, especially the basic qualification as a physiotherapist
- A copy of your transcript if you are a new graduate
- Your certificate of registration as a physiotherapist from where you studied or are practicing.
- A detailed curriculum vitae
- Application or Processing fee - $100
- A letter or recommendation from your last employer prior to coming to work in Seychelles if applicable.
- A letter of good standing (or Certificate of Current Professional Status) from your Physiotherapy board prior to coming to Seychelles if applicable.

The application form and supporting documents can be submitted physically or hard copy to:

The Registrar
Health Professionals Council
Office No. 18, 2nd Floor, Docklands Building
New Port Rd, Victoria
Tel: (+248) 4303745/ 4303746 Cell: (+248) 2606128

By email:

Study Materials for the Singapore Physiotherapy Qualifying Examination

1. Electrotherapy explained. Principles and Practice.(3rd Edition) Butterworth-Heinemann.

2. Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy: A guide to practice. (4th edition).St Louis, Mosby.

3. Physiotherapy for Respiratory and Cardiac Problems. Adults and Paediatrics. (4th edition).
 Pryor, J.A. and Prasad.

4. Orthopaedic Physical Assessment (4th Edition).
Magee D. J. (2002). .(4th ed.) W.B. Saunders

5. Peripheral Manipulation (3rd Ed).
Maitland G.D. (1991).  Butterworth-Heinmann

6. Vertebral manipulation (6th Ed).
Maitland G.D. (2001).  Butterworth-Heinemann: Oxford.

7. Stroke Rehabilitation : Guidelines for Exercise and Training to Optimize Motor Skill.
Carr, J.and Shepherd, R. (2003) New York : Butterworth-Heinemann.

8. Physical Therapy for Children (3rd ed)
Campbell, S.K., Palisano, R. J., Vander, W. D. (2005)

Important Clauses to Note About Applying For The Qualifying Exam (QE)

1. Your application will not be processed until all fees are paid in full.
2. There shall be no refund in the event of non-attendance.
3. For Physiotherapy QE, there is a cap of 21 candidates per sitting. In the event that the upcoming QE is oversubscribed, SIT will push your application to the next QE ( an email will be sent to you to inform you that your application has been pushed to the next run).
4. Priority will be given to candidates whose In-Principle-Approval’s validity is expiring soon.
5. The Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy QE are conducted 4 times a year in January, April, July and October.  The examinations are usually conducted over 2 days (usually a Thursday and Friday). Candidates are expected to be present on both days. For more details, please refer to theSingapore Institute of Technology (SIT)'s website.

For questions pertaining to the scope and format of the Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy QE and submission of the QE application, please email the SIT Health & Social Sciences department

For more information

Format of the Singapore Physiotherapy Qualifying Exams

The Singapore Physiotherapy QE  comprises a 2-hour written paper and 1-hour practical exam.

The Written paper consists of: 
i) 10 Multiple Choice Questions on Paediatrics and Electrophysical Agents (EPA)
(10 marks)

ii) Short Answer Questions (90 marks)
Comprising compulsory questions on cardiopulmonary, neurology and musculoskeletal physiotherapy.
Basic anatomy, physiology and behavioural science
questions may be asked in the applied manner in the short answer questions.

Short answer questions are mainly case studies with questions on clinical diagnosis, management and justification of management with appropriate clinical reasoning.

iii) Elective Questions (20 marks)
You will be given a choice to answer one of three case studies related to paediatric physiotherapy, women's health and sports physiotherapy.

The Practical examination (90 marks) 

Includes 3 scenarios of 20 minutes each in the following areas:
Neurology, Musculoskeletal, Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy.

Scenarios will be similar to clinical cases.
You will be asked to demonstrate appropriate assessment, related management techniques and interventions on a patient model.

You will elaborate on the goals of management on each clinical case.

Examiners will require you to provide evidence-based justification for choice of management techniques and interventions used.

Physiotherapy Qualifications Recognized in Singapore

Requirements for Physiotherapy Registration in Singapore

Steps to Applying for Physiotherapy Registration in Singapore

How to Apply for the Singapore Physiotherapy Licensing Exam 2018/2019

Applying for the Singapore Physiotherapy QE 2018/2019

1. Apply for registration with the Allied Health Professionals Council (AHPC) of Singapore.
2. After the initial review, you will be informed of your eligibility to sit for the Qualifying Exams (QE).
3. You will then apply to the relevant examination provider in Singapore (using your confirmation letter from the AHPC).
4. The completed QE application form together with the relevant fees and a certified true copy of the confirmation letter from the Council must be submitted by your employer directly to the examination provider by the closing date for the relevant QE.
5. The examination provider will give you information on the venue, date, time and other instructions on the QE.
6. After the exams submit a copy of your results to the council.The Council will then continue with the review of their applications for registration.

Contact information and the postal address for the examination provider:

Ms Doris Yeo
SLT QE Examination Secretariat
c/o Division of Graduate Medical Studies, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
National University of Singapore
Block MD3, Level 2, 16 Medical Drive
Singapore 117600
Tel: (65) 65166740

From January 2015, the Qualifying Exam (QE) fee per candidate is SGD642 (including GST).

The QE examination consists of two parts: a written examination and an oral examination.

Results are released 4 to 6 weeks after the QE. 

For Allied Health Professionals who are on Restricted Registration and are keen to take the QE:

They should apply directly to the relevant examination provider in Singapore for the QE which they intend to sit for.

Submit the completed QE application form together with the relevant fees and a certified true copy of the Restricted Registration Certificate must be submitted directly to the examination provider by the closing date for the relevant QE.

Contact information and the postal address for the examination provider:

Ms Doris Yeo
SLT QE Examination Secretariat
c/o Division of Graduate Medical Studies, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
National University of Singapore
Block MD3, Level 2, 16 Medical Drive
Singapore 117600
Tel: (65) 65166740

The examination provider will inform you on the venue, date, time and other instructions on the QE.

List of Physiotherapy Qualifications Approved in Singapore.

Criteria for Registration as Physiotherapist in Singapore

Criteria for Registration as a Physiotherapist in Singapore

1. Possess a basic/primary professional qualification e.g. BSc (Physiotherapy)
2. Have an offer of employment as a physiotherapist in Singapore
3. Be of good standing/reputation/character
4. Have passed the national examination (if any) in the Country where you graduated from.

Other factors considered by the AHPC (Allied Health Professionals Council) of Singapore are:

  • Post-graduate qualifications
  • Work experience and history (e.g. whether the applicant has been in active clinical practice, professional practice experience)
  • Registration with other licensing authorities
  • Evidence of proficiency in English Language
  • Physical and Mental Health status
  • Evidence of passing the Qualifying Examination (QE)