Respiratory Therapist



Who is the licensing body responsible for Respiratory Therapists in Alberta?

In Alberta, you must be registered with the College and Association of Respiratory Therapists of Alberta (CARTA) to practice as a Respiratory Therapist. Only registered members may call themselves Respiratory Therapists.

What are the registration requirements for internationally educated Respiratory Therapists?

Internationally educated Respiratory Therapist applicants must 

1. Apply to the College and Association of Respiratory Therapists of Alberta and submit all the required documents. 

2. Write and pass the Canadian Board for Respiratory Care (CBRC) Examinations. Applicants who have passed the National Board for Respiratory Care Exam (NBRC) RRT level in the USA are exempt as both exams are equivalent. 

Temporary Permit: In order qualify for a temporary permit, applicants must have graduated from an approved program listed on the Council on Accreditation for Respiratory Therapy Education (CoARTE) in Canada or Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) in the United States.

What are the educational requirements for Respiratory Therapists in Alberta?

Note: Licensing bodies compare international education and experience to Canadian standards.

In Alberta, the following technical institutes offer three-year diploma programs in Respiratory Therapy: 

What are the accepted English language proficiency tests and where can I be tested?

Applicants must successfully achieve the score of 9 on the Canadian Language Benchmarks test in all four categories: speaking, listening, reading and writing. To learn more about where to take an English language proficiency test in Alberta, visit English Language Proficiency Tests and Locations.

What supports are available to support internationally educated health professionals to integrate into the Canadian labour force?

Directions for Immigrants, Clear Communication for Health Professionals 

Developed for health care professionals, Clear Communication for Health Professionals is a facilitated study group that focuses on the essence of effective communication in a health care setting. Participants will learn more about Canadian workplace culture, developing effective listening skills and other techniques designed to help you succeed in the workplace. Please visit the Job Success Groups tab on the Study Groups page.

What information resources are available for Respiratory Therapists in Alberta?

Additional Occupational Information 

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