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Working Abroad: Getting a Physiotherapy Job in Canada

When it comes to Canada...hmm. Most physiotherapists I come in contact with want to relocate to Canada, can you blame them?

My experience with the Canadian government is that they are more organised than the US when it comes to the immigration of professionals. This experience also reflects in their credentialing process as they have a page where you can see how well your alma mater has done when it comes to equivalence of qualification. So there's a good chance you'll scale that hurdle and not just throw away money because credentialing "ain't cheap".

To have an idea of how your school has performed when it comes to the Canadian assessment of your qualification go here

Here's a summary of how to get working as a physiotherapist in Canada:

The Canada Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators is the body that establishes whether the education and qualifications of internationally educated physiotherapists are substantially equivalent to those of the Canadian educated physiotherapists.

As an internationally trained physiotherapist you must pass through the  2 stages of qualification-
1st stage : Credentialing
2nd stage: PCE (physiotherapy competency exam). This comprises a written and clinical exam.
The documents you will need to send for credentialing are :
  • A filled application form
  • A notarized copy of Identity documents (like the biodata page of your international passport)
  • Notarized copy of a proof of change of name (like your marriage certificate)
  • A notarized copy of your degree/diploma
  • Application fee. ( the last time I checked the fee was $ 1015 CAD
You are NOT to send original copies only notarized copies of your documents. So just make copies of your documents and take to a magistrate or notrary public to stamp after sighting your original documents.
Your school also will have to fill a form D and send your transcript directly to the alliance.
You also need to do an English test; Canada accepts only the IELTS, and the testing body will be requires to send your results directly to the alliance.
The Canadian credentialing processing times have seriously improved, I know a colleague that took about two years to get his qualifications assessed! But now it is an average of 11 -15 weeks.
After Credentialing:
If your qualification passes the assessment then you are eligible to write the PCE exam. You will then be able to register for the written component of the exam. In some provinces you may be qualified to get a provincial license to practise physiotherapy under supervision.
It's important to check for the requirements of the various physiotherapy regions to see their demands, some are more friendly than others. I particularly liked Manitoba and British Colombia but it's up to you to decide.
Read more about the Canadian credentialing process here
Here are the links to five of the provinces in Canada you can check out links to the rest on the alliance website:

Having your credentials assessed will definitely give you an edge when applying for the immigration process express entry and getting a provincial license means you can actually start applying for jobs in Canada. Canada isn't really fussy about work experience or having a Masters degree, but if you do have any of these, it's all good.

How to prepare for the Canadian Physiotherapy Competency Exam

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Which Countries Pay the Best Physiotherapy Salary?

We always hear about physiotherapy being a "hot" profession and that physiotherapists are saught after all over the world and that gives us the confidence to go for international jobs. Interestingly, though, I have noticed that physiotherapists move around alot, and we're about ro find out if it's for "greener pastures" , inner fulfillment or just sheer restlessness. I know of physiotherpists that move from Australia to Canada, and others from Canada to Australia...the other day a colleague of mine told me about a physiotherapist that had just devided to leave Australia for Singapore, while he stays put in South Africa.
Many physiotherapists want to know which countries pay the best salaries to help get some motivation to move or jump ship, so let's first try to analyse places that have the best paying physiotherapy jobs or simply put, the highest salaries.

A physiotherapist's salary in Ireland ranges from $27000 to $60000 a year andthis wil…

How to Get Licenced to Practice Physiotherapy in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Here's a quick summary on how to get a physiotherapy practising licence in Dubai and Abu Dhabi:

A foreign trained physiotherapist should at least have a B.Sc in physiotherapy, with at least two years work experience.

The physiotherapist must be a graduate from a National and/ or International recognized college/University.

For graduates from the UAE universities, the program and university must be accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR).

Higher diploma certificates from The Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE will be equivalent to Bachelor degree as per MOHESR standard

A Master degree or PhD (in the area of specialty) will reduce one (1) year from the required experience for licensing provided that the Master’s/ PhD degree is not mandatory to obtain the selected title.

Qualifications acquired through honorary nature, correspondence or distance learning are not counted towards the PQR requirements.

All non-UAE national graduate physiothe…

How to Get a Physiotherapy job in Singapore

Physiotherapy is on the skills shortage list in Singapore and is classified as an Allied Health Profession.

You as a physiotherapist should apply directly to the Ministry of Manpower  or the Human Resources department in the hospital of your choice.
Once your registration is approved you'll need a work permit and you need to have a job to get it. There are two types of work passes the EP and the S pass. You can get more information on the Ministry of Manpower website.

Part of the criteria for a foreign trained physiotherapist to to be able to practise in Singapore is to pass the MOH qualifying exam.

The qualifying exam (QE) is an assessment of the equivalence of the knowledge and skills of the foreign trained physiotherapist and the physiotherapy practise in Singapore.
The exams are conducted four times a year in January, April, July and October and you need to be in Singapore to take the exams. The results of this exam are usually released four weeks after the exam was taken.


Getting Study Materials for the DHA, HAAD Physiotherapist Exam

The licensing exam for practicing physiotherapy in Dubai or Abu Dhabi is computer based and multi choice (mcq).
Getting past questions for this DHA, HAAD exam has become a very expensive venture with many websites offering sample questions at a cost.

The Dubai Health Authority has however made it clear that it doesn't sell or make available such past questions and that any one who encounters such should report to them.
So I won't be putting up any names of websites who claim to sell sample questions or offer subscriptions to those who want to rehearse the exam online.

If you want to know how to prepare for these exams or have an idea of the syllabus then you can do one of these two options:
1. Get in contact with a medical recruiting agency with experience.
2. Use the recommended textbooks to prepare for the exam.

I really don't see why you can't go for option 2.
Give yourself a month to go through the textbooks to refresh your memory... It's an mcq exam and pass …

Want to Migrate to Australia as Physiotherapist? Read this first.

If you are a physiotherapist interested in migrating to Australia, reading this first will be highly beneficial to you.

Yes physiotherapy is on the Australia immigration skilled occupation list, but my observation is that there are still very few going through their skill select process.

The Australian skill select process (where Canada got the inspiration for Express entry) is supposed to be a stress free process. It's simply a DIY (do it yourself) kind of thing; fill in your information, upload your English scores and you skills assessment and submit your application for immigration.

Twice every month there are selection rounds and successful applicants are invited to apply for a skilled migration visa.

But this is not actually the case for physiotherapists because you need a skills assessment.

Here are the requirements for applying for a skills assessment:

·         A qualification that is included in theApproved Programs of Study list

·         A Certificate of Substantial Equ…

Areas of Specialization in Physiotherapy

When it comes to talking about specialty areas in physiotherapy or what physiotherapy areas you'll like to specialize it should be based purely on your strengths and interests.
Most physiotherapists specialize in musculoskeletal or sports physiotherapy either for lack of better ideas or job prospects ( not that these are totally wrong reasons).
I think some things you should consider when deciding to specialize are -

What really are your interests? Would you rather work with the young or the elederly? I personally don't like seeing children in the hospital so paediatrics is definitely not my thing.What skills have you gathered over the years and which of your skills are you likely to harness? Have you seen yourself coming up with successful rehabilitation programs for patients that suffered from musculoskeletal injuries, for example, over and over again? Are there particular cases or conditions that your superiors or colleagues have associated you with because of your achievem…

Working Abroad: Getting a Physiotherapy Job in US

It's okay to look out for something different after being a physiotherapist in your present location for so long. Or maybe you are a fresh graduate seeking adventure and consciously plotting an international pathway for your career...Hmmm or maybe you graduated with a degree in physiotherapy and haven't really done much with it...The question remains the same....

How can I get an international job? Are there really jobs for physiotherapists abroad or is this career just overhyped?
Are you kidding me?
The key to plotting the right graph for your career is information, so I will do my best to point you in the right direction so you can achieve your dream of getting an international job.

Are there actually best countries for physiotherapy jobs?
Well there are quite a number of places abroad where physiotherapists are seriously sought after, but I would start with what I call the big five: United States, Canada, Australia, Dubai and Ireland... Then maybe Singapore and …