Internationally Educated 

If you are currently living outside of Canada, you can complete part of the application process before arriving in Canada, or you may wait until you arrive. You should get an official copy of all documents needed for application before coming to Canada. Once in Canada, you may experience difficulty obtaining documents from other countries. This will cause delays in the application process.

All documents sent to the College must be in either English or French. If any of your documents are in another language, they must be translated, at your expense, before being sent to the College. Notarized or certified translations will be required.

To find a certified translator, contact:

Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario (ATIO)
Tel: (613) 241-2846 or 1-800-234-5030

Fees and timelines

There are certain processing times and fees specifically for internationally educated applicants . If you do not meet all of the registration requirements, your application may be referred to the Registration Committee for review. In such cases, the processing time is longer.

If you do not meet other registration requirements or fluency in English or French, you will not be considered eligible for registration until all requirements have been met.

Applying to the College

Step 1: Get a course-by-course degree evaluation

You must have the level of your international degree(s) assessed. The College requires a course-by-course assessment conducted by one of the following approved credential agencies:

Please mail the original copy of the course-by-course assessment to:

College of Kinesiologists of Ontario
Attn: Registration Department
160 Bloor Street East, Suite 1402
Toronto, ON M4W 1B9

Step 2: Show proof of language proficiency

If your first language is neither English nor French, or if your degree was not completed in English or French, you must submit test scores from a College-approved language proficiency test. View the Language Proficiency Policy. The language proficiency test can be completed through one of the following institutions:

Test results are valid for two years from the date of you passing the test. Please have the testing agency mail the results directly to:

College of Kinesiologists of Ontario
Attn: Registration Department
160 Bloor Street East, Suite 1402
Toronto, ON M4W 1B9

Step 3: Submit your transcripts

You must have your transcripts sent directly to the College from the school you attended. If an academic institution outside of Canada is unable to send a transcript directly, the College may accept a certified copy of the transcript issued to you. If the transcript is in a language other than English or French, you must arrange to have it translated by an official translator. You are responsible for any fees associated with the translation.

Step 4: Complete the Academic Assessment Form

All internationally educated applicants must have their degree assessed to ensure that it is similar to an Ontario kinesiology degree. This is known as educational equivalency. You must complete the Academic Assessment Form by listing the courses you completed that you believe match the template course descriptions. You must also submit evidence that describes course content (i.e. course outlines). To assess equivalency, the College uses a point system.

The Academic Assessment Form may be uploaded online (see step 8) or mailed to the College.

Step 5: Complete the Jurisprudence e-Learning Module

All applicants must be familiar with the laws, regulations and standards that apply to kinesiology in Ontario by completing the Jurisprudence e-Learning Module. The module is open-book, and it may be completed up to one year before applying. However, you must complete it before writing the exam. It takes about four hours to complete, but you can log in and out and finish it at your own pace. Complete the Jurisprudence e-Learning Module.

Step 6: Get a police information check

All applicants are required to submit a name-based record check conducted no more than six months before applying to the College. To get a name-based record check, contact your local police department. We do not accept record checks conducted by third parties (e.g. private companies); contact your local police department. You are not required to submit a vulnerable sector check. Please mail your original, hard copy name-based check to:

College of Kinesiologists of Ontario
Attn: Registration Department
160 Bloor Street East, Suite 1402
Toronto, ON M4W 1B9

Step 7: Gather supporting documents (if applicable)

If applicable, submit the following documents to the College:

  • original letter of standing from any regulator in any jurisdiction where you are or were registered to practise any profession. Do not submit a letter of standing from a professional association (e.g. OKA, OATA, CSEP, etc). Please mail this letter to the College.
  • Copy of a change of name certificate, marriage certificate or other evidence of a legal name if your name is different from the name on any of your documentation (may be uploaded online- see step 8).

Step 8: Complete the application form and pay the application fee

Access the application form . The application fee is $100 and must be paid online. You will be asked to upload any supporting documentation.

Tip: For any documents, other than your transcript, that you are mailing to the College (e.g. criminal record check, Academic Assessment Form, name change document, letter of standing, etc.), wait until you have all the documents and then mail one package to the College. This speeds up processing times.

Step 9: The College reviews your application

The College will review your application once steps 1-8 are complete. It takes at least 10 business days for the College to process an application.

If you meet the requirements:
If your application is complete and you meet the requirements, you will be emailed a form to register for the exam and you will be asked to pay the $400 exam fee.

IMPORTANT: Once the College has determined that you are eligible to write the exam, you must take your first attempt within one year. You have three opportunities or four years, whichever comes first, to pass the exam.

If you do not meet the requirements:
If for any reason you do not meet the registration requirements, you will be contacted by the College and your application may be referred to the Registration Committee for review.

Step 10: Write the exam

Details such as exact location and start time are emailed to you four weeks before the exam date.

If you fail the exam and if you meet certain criteria, you may appeal your results to the Examination Appeals Committee. Learn about submitting an appeal

Step 11: Complete your registration

Results are emailed to you six weeks after the exam. If you pass the exam, you must complete your registration with the College within one year of receiving your results. Your registration is considered complete once you have paid the registration fee.

Step 12: Get professional liability insurance

Once you are approved for registration, you must provide a copy of your professional liability insurance policy or certificate, or sign a declaration that you will submit a copy of your policy within 30 days of your registration being approved. The College does not offer professional liability insurance. You may get it from any source, such as a professional association, employer, insurance company, etc. so long as it meets the College’s requirements. View the Professional Liability Insurance Policy

The College’s requirements for professional liability insurance are as follows:

  • a minimum amount of $1,000,000 per occurrence;
  • a minimum aggregate amount of $3,000,000 per year;
  • a deductible of no more than $1,000 per occurrence;
  • where the insurance is of the claims-made type, enduring (tail) insurance to provide coverage for at least five years after the termination of the insurance.

Please mail or email a copy of your policy or certificate to the College.

Re-writing the exam

If you fail the exam the first time, you may write a second time. Contact the College after receiving your results and you will be provided with information on how to proceed with your second attempt.

After a second failure, you must receive approval from the Registration Committee to complete your third and final attempt. You need to submit a completed remediation plan to the Committee describing steps you have taken to help you prepare to pass.

If you fail a third time, you are not eligible to write the exam without further education and training, and you must submit a new application to the College.

You will be charged the $400 exam fee each time you write.