Eligibility Assessment

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The first step in the Standard Assessment pathway is to apply for an Eligibility Assessment. This assessment will determine whether you have basic physiotherapy qualifications suitable for further assessment.

If successful, you will be awarded an Interim Certificate, valid for two years. The Interim Certificate can be used to meet one of the requirements to seek Limited Registration for Supervised Practice with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia.

The headings below provide detailed information on this assessment.

 

undefined What are the requirements to apply?

        

To be eligible for the Standard Assessment Pathway, you need to be

  • An overseas qualified physiotherapist; and either
  • Be eligible for registration with no conditions in your country of training; or
  • Able to legally practice without conditions in your country of training.

 

undefined What documents do I need to provide?

        

You will be asked to provide the following during the application process:

  • Passport photo identity page
  • Current photograph
  • Evidence of change of name (if applicable)
  • Graduation certificate for your initial physiotherapy qualification
  • Official results transcript/statement of marks for your initial physiotherapy qualification
  • Initial registration certificate
  • Indian Association of Physiotherapists Life Member certificate (if applicable)

If any of the documents above are in a language other than English, you will need to provide us with translated version of the documents on application. The Council reserves the right to request you to provide translations completed by a translator accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).

You will also need to submit evidence to meet our immunisation requirement when applying for the Clinical Assessment.

 

undefined Must I provide hard copies of documents?

        

Yes. You will be asked to send to the Council via post certified hard copies of the following:

  • Passport photo identity page
  • Evidence of change of name (if applicable)
  • Graduation certificate for your initial physiotherapy qualification
  • Official results transcript/statement of marks for your initial physiotherapy qualification
  • Initial registration certificate
  • Indian Association of Physiotherapists Life Member certificate (if applicable)

If any of the documents above are in a language other than English, you will need to provide a certified copy of the translated version of the documents. The Council reserves the right to request you to provide translations completed by a translator accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).

In Australia, the following people are authorised to certify documents:

  • Health professions: Chiropractor, Dentist, Medical practitioner, Nurse, Optometrist, Pharmacist, Physiotherapist, Psychologist
  • Legal professions: Legal practitioner, Patent attorney, Trade marks attorney
  • Court positions: Bailiff, Justice of the Peace, Judge, Magistrate, Registrar, or Deputy Registrar, Clerk, Master of a court, CEO of a Commonwealth court
  • Commissioner for Affidavits, or Commissioner for Declarations (dependent on jurisdictions)
  • Government representatives (elected): Federal, State or Territory or Local
  • Public servants: Federal, State or Territory or Local – employed for five years or more.
  • Bank officer, building society officer, credit union officer, finance company officer – employed for five years or more
  • Veterinary surgeon
  • Accountant (member of ICA, ASA, NIA or CPA, ATMA, NTAA)
  • Minister of religion, or marriage celebrant
  • Member of:
    • Chartered Secretaries Australia
    • Engineers Australia, other than at the grade of student
    • Australian Defence Force (an officer; or a non-commissioned officer with 5+ years of continuous service; a warrant officer)
    • Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
  • Notary public
  • Holder of a statutory office not specified in another item in this Part
  • Police officer
  • Sheriff or Sheriff’s officer
  • Teacher (full-time) at a school or tertiary education institution

Outside Australia, the following people are authorised to certify documents:

  • Justice of the Peace
  • Notary public
  • Australian Consular Officer or Australian Diplomatic Officer (within the meaning of the Consular Fees Act 1955)
  • Employee of the Commonwealth or the Australian Trade Commission who works outside Australia.

Certified documents must:

  • Be initialled on every page by the certifier.
  • Annotated on the last page as appropriate e.g. “I have sighted the original document and certify this to be a true copy of the original” and signed by the certifier.
  • List the name, date of certification, and contact phone number and profession/position number (if relevant) and have the stamp or seal of the certifier (if relevant) applied

undefined How much does it cost?

 

The fee for each assessment in the Standard Assessment Pathway is found on the Assessment Fees page.

 

undefined How soon will I receive my Interim Certificate?

 

This assessment takes up to 2 weeks from the date we receive payment and all required documents.

The Interim Certificate will be valid for 2 years, and can be used to meet one of the requirements for applying for Limited Registration under Supervision with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia. For more information about this, Limited Registration, please visit the Physiotherapy Board of Australia website at http://www.physiotherapyboard.gov.au.

 

undefined What happens if my Interim Certificate expires?

A valid Interim Certificate is a requirement of Limited Registration for Supervised Practice with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia. Whilst you will still be able to complete all assessments, once your Interim Certificate expires you will no longer be able to continue working. You will need to make a request to extend your Interim Certificate.

All requests are considered individually and continued engagement with the assessment process is taken into account.

 

undefined How do I apply?

Step 1 – You will need to be registered with the Council to make an application. If you are not registered, you will be prompted to register once you click the below link. Alternatively, you can click on any 'register' link on the login page to register.


Step 2 – Complete an online Eligibility Assessment application. Please note payment is made online after the application form is submitted.


Step 3 – Send in checklist* and your certified hard copy supporting documents to the Council’s office. *The checklist can be downloaded from your candidate dashboard.


The Eligibility Assessment is part of the Standard Assessment Pathway. Click here to apply for the Standard Assessment.

If you are unsure if this assessment is appropriate for you, use our Help Me Choose My Assessment wizard to receive further guidance, or feel free to contact us.

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