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Notice to those about to graduate or have graduated from a Respiratory Therapy Educational Program in the last 6 months!


The College and Association of Respiratory Therapists of Alberta (CARTA) is accepting applications for registration from recent graduates of Canadian and American Respiratory Therapy education programs commencing at 08:00 hours on Monday April 4, 2022.

The CARTA Registrar, Deputy Registrar and Registration Committee will process and issue all decisions on all applications for registration in a timely manner.

After receiving a complete application, decisions will be issued within the prescribed maximum time limits by any international, national, or provincial authority.

  • 120 days pursuant with section 30(5) of the Health Professions Act (the Act) in Alberta,
  • 6 months pursuant with section 6 of the Fair Registration Practices Act in Alberta,
  • 4 months pursuant with the Lisbon Convention, 2010 Revised Recommendation on Criteria and Procedures for the Assessment of Foreign Qualifications,48 in paragraph 16.

College Goals

Our primary goals are to protect the public and the public interest by conducting comprehensive due diligence exercises required to determine that all applicants meet all the registration requirements pursuant with the Respiratory Therapists Profession Regulation in an objective, fair, transparent, and timely manner.

Given the mandatory registration section 46 of the Act we recognize that employment is contingent on receiving a provisional practice permit and we make every attempt to issue permits within a reasonable period of time after receiving a complete application.

Important Information

  1. All decisions will fully comply within the timelines required by provincial legislation.
  2. Applicants must now submit original documents via surface mail using trackable Canada Express Post envelopes. No digital documents will be accepted this year.
  3. All documents must be mailed to the office, no personal or courier deliveries are accepted by operations staff at the Calgary office. 
  4. The CARTA can only accept transcripts that are coming directly from school Registrar’s office. These can be electronic or hard copy.
  5. Do not call the office for an update of the application status. All application status information is provided exclusively by electronic mail from CARTA to the applicant only.
  6. Applications NOT completed with 120 days will be considered stale and rejected by the CARTA. 

Contents of Electronic Confirmation of Application

After submitting an online application for registration all applicants will receive an automated electronic mail notification that contains a checklist of all of the documents that must be submitted by the applicant (no exceptions). It is the responsibility of the applicant to know what documents they have submitted to support their application.

Processing Applications

We cannot provide any guidance with confidence regarding individual application processing times. Internal processing when possible is typically performed on a first come first served basis. Exceptions frequently occur which impact processing applications such as staggered graduation dates for cohorts of students, time taken by applicants to collect and submit the documentation, time taken by applicants to follow the electronic mail instructions from CARTA etc.

Once all the required documentation is received, the applications are considered to be complete and the times in which the legislation expects you to receive a decision will be established. Typically, the CARTA can process all documentation within 2 business days of receipt if the applicant follows all the electronic mail instructions.

Plan for delays related to the following:

  1. Submission and processing of academic transcript requests to Registrar’s offices.
  2. Mail service delays.
  3. Time taken to submit payment of the registration fees. You cannot practice illegally first and then pay your registration fees with your first paycheque.
  4. Making an appointment with a public notary for purposes of notarizing the attestation.
  5. Time taken to obtain a police information (criminal records) check that includes the vulnerable sector within 60 days preceding submission of the application for registration.
  6. Submitting legible original documents.

How will the Public and Employers Know I am Registered?

The CARTA website contains an online register for regulated members on the provisional and general registers. It displays the regulated member’s first name, last name, registration number whether you are provisional or active on the general register and whether conditions exist on the permit or not only. No details about conditions are displayed on the website.

Employers are encouraged to ask to inspect practice permits of new employees and frequently ask for it as part of their new employee onboarding procedures.

Once CARTA confirms remittance of your $225.00 credit card payment for registration fees your name will display on the website and a provisional practice permit will be mailed by regular surface mail to the address you provided on your application form.

It is very important to inform the CARTA Registrar by electronic mail if your mailing address changes after submitting an application for registration. Incorrect addresses (e.g., no postal code) may contribute to delays in receiving your practice permit (license to practice).

If you inspect the register on the website and haven’t received your practice permit after 7 days of viewing your name on the website, please e-mail the registrar using request practice permit in the subject line.

New Graduate Information Package

Attestation/Good Character documents

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