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CPA Clinical Specialty Program

The CPA Clinical Specialty Program certifies physiotherapists who have focused their careers in a specific area of physiotherapy clinical practice.




Specialty Certification For Physiotherapists

The CPA Clinical Specialty Program is a self-directed certification program to recognize physiotherapists who have demonstrated advanced clinical competence, leadership, continuing professional development and involvement in research. The program consists of a written portfolio submission and oral presentation that is assessed by a 3-person panel of peers.

The various components of the program allow candidates to demonstrate their professional competencies and development as a clinical specialist. 

The program is available to all physiotherapists across Canada regardless of location or practice setting.

Areas of specialization:

  • Cardiorespiratory
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Oncology
  • Neurosciences
  • Pain Sciences
  • Paediatrics
  • Seniors’ Health
  • Sport
  • Women’s Health


What Others Are Saying About the Program

Meet some of the graduates of the CPA Clinical Specialty Program!


Lorrie Maffey | Musculoskeletal



Oren Chiefetz | Oncology



Gail Kirkwood | Paediatrics

"It is so valuable to take the time to reflect on ourselves and where we are in our wonderful profession of physiotherapy."

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"I'm seeing a growing interest from physiotherapy students who are asking about the process to become clinical specialists in oncology."

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"The case-based discussions along with the clinical reflections were the most valuable parts of the program for me."

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View the full list of graduates