Registration FAQs

General

Anyone calling themselves or claiming to be a kinesiologist in Ontario must be registered with the College. Only members of the College are allowed to use the title "kinesiologist". Employers and private insurers are aware that kinesiologists are regulated health professionals, and are increasingly demanding that potential employees and current employees be registered with the College. The College also maintains a Public Register of Kinesiologists to help the public verify that they are receiving services from a registered kinesiologist.

Anyone calling themselves or claiming to be a kinesiologist in Ontario must be registered with the College. Only members of the College are allowed to use the title "kinesiologist". Employers and private insurers are aware that kinesiologists are regulated health professionals, and are increasingly demanding that potential employees and current employees be registered with the College. The College also maintains a Public Register of Kinesiologists to help the public verify that they are receiving services from a registered kinesiologist.

Professional associations, such as the Ontario Kinesiology Association and the Ontario Athletic Therapist Association, exist to promote their members' interests and to promote the profession. Professional associations provide services to their members such as special rates for professional liability insurance and continuing education opportunities. Membership in professional associations is voluntary.

Anyone calling themselves or claiming to be a kinesiologist in Ontario must be registered with the College. The College exists to protect the public by regulating kinesiologists. The College sets the requirements for entry to the profession and standards that all registered kinesiologists must follow.

Learn more about the difference between the College and associations.

Exam

No. You may write the exam at any time after graduation.

The exam consists of approximately 170-180 multiple choice questions. The questions are presented either as case-based or independent questions. There is no practical component.

Yes. The College has a practice test available to help applicants prepare. It includes over 100 practice questions, with a detailed rationale and answer key for each question. Additional study resources are available at the end of the test. Access the study resources

The exam is based on the Kinesiologist Core Competency Profile, and a clear understanding of the competencies within will help you prepare. A careful review of the College's Practice Standards and the Practice Guidelines is strongly advised. Access the study resources.

While not mandatory, some related work experience is an asset because it helps you apply theory to real-life situations. In a work setting, you also have the opportunity to receive feedback and coaching.

You have three attempts or four years, whichever comes first, to pass 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.

The Inactive Class

No, you must first be registered in the General Class.

The purpose of the Inactive Class is to allow kinesiologists who wish to take a parental, sick or educational leave, or practise in another jurisdiction, to maintain registration. If you are registered in the Inactive Class, you cannot:

  • Provide direct patient/client care, even if it is just to one patient/client;
  • Use any title or designation other than what is specified for an Inactive certificate of registration (i.e., R. Kin (Inactive));
  • Supervise the practice of the profession; or
  • Make any claim or representation to having any competence in the profession.

Learn more about the Inactive class.