International Graduates

If you have completed a post-secondary kinesiology program outside of Canada, you can apply to take the exam. Please ensure all the documents you’ll need for your application are submitted to the College in English or French. If any of your documents are in another language, they must be translated, at your expense, before being sent to the College. Notarized or certified translations will be required.

If you are currently living outside of Canada, as well, you can complete part of the application process before arriving in Canada, or you may wait until you arrive. However, you should get an official copy of all documents needed for application before coming to Canada. Once in Canada, you may experience difficulty obtaining documents from other countries. This will cause delays in the application process.

To find a certified translator, contact:

Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario (ATIO)

Tel: (613) 241-2846 or 1-800-234-5030

Email: info@atio.on.ca

Web:  https://atio.on.ca/directory/ 

Fees and timelines

There are certain processing times and fees specifically for internationally educated applicants. If you do not meet all of the registration requirements, your application may be referred to the Registration Committee for review. In such cases, the processing time is longer.

If you do not meet other registration requirements or fluency in English or French, you will not be considered eligible for registration until all requirements have been met.

Applying to the College

Step 1: View the exam registration deadlines

The College posts deadlines and logistics about upcoming exams at least four months before the exam date. View the deadlines.

Step 2: Get a course-by-course degree evaluation

You must have the level of your international degree(s) assessed. The College requires a course-by-course assessment conducted by one of the following approved credential agencies:

Please have this evaluation emailed to the College at info@coko.ca. If the institution does not email these evaluations, have them mail the original copy to:

College of Kinesiologists of Ontario
Attn: Registration Department
160 Bloor Street East, Suite 1402
Toronto, ON M4W 1B9

Step 3: Show proof of language proficiency

If your first language is not English or French, or if your degree was not completed in English or French, you must submit test scores from a College-approved language proficiency test. View the Language Proficiency Policy. The language proficiency test can be completed through one of the following institutions:

Test results are valid for two years from the date of you passing the test. Please have the testing agency email the results to info@coko.ca. If the testing agency does not email these tests, have them mail the results directly to:

College of Kinesiologists of Ontario

Attn: Registration Department

160 Bloor Street East, Suite 1402

Toronto, ON M4W 1B9

Step 4: Submit your transcript

You must have your official final transcript sent directly to the College from the school you attended and you must have officially graduated. If an academic institution outside of Canada is unable to send a transcript directly, the College may accept a certified copy of the transcript issued to you. If the transcript is in a language other than English or French, you must arrange to have it translated by an official translator. You are responsible for any fees associated with the translation.

Step 5: Complete the Academic Assessment Form

In addition to your course-by-course degree evaluation, the College will assess your degree to ensure that it is similar to an Ontario kinesiology degree. This is known as educational equivalency. You must complete the Academic Assessment Form by listing the courses you completed that you believe match the template course descriptions. You must also submit evidence that describes course content (i.e. course outline or course syllabus). To assess equivalency, the College uses a point system.

The Academic Assessment Form may be uploaded online (see step 8).

Step 6: Complete the Jurisprudence e-Learning Module

All applicants must be familiar with the laws, regulations and standards that apply to kinesiology in Ontario by completing the Jurisprudence e-Learning Module. The module is open-book, and it may be completed up to one year before applying. However, you must complete it before writing the exam. It takes about four hours to complete, but you can log in and out and finish it at your own pace. Complete the Jurisprudence e-Learning Module. Please bookmark this link for later use.

Please note the fee for completing the Jurisprudence e-Learning Module is non-refundable.

Step 7: Gather supporting documents (if applicable)

If applicable, submit the following documents to the College:

  • Original letter of standing from any regulator in any jurisdiction where you are or were registered to practise any profession. Please email this letter to the College; and
  • Copy of a change of name certificate, marriage certificate or other evidence of a legal name if your name is different from the name on any of your documentation (may be uploaded online- see step 8).

Step 8: Complete the application form and pay the application fee

Create an account and complete the application form. Please write down your username and password as you will need them to log in again. If you want to start your application and then come back to it later, or if you need to pay any fees, click “Login” in the green bar at the top of this page.

The application fee must be paid online and is non-refundable. You will be asked to upload any supporting documentation.

Step 9: The College reviews your application

Steps 2-8 are necessary to complete the review of your application. It takes approximately 15 business days for the College to finish the review.

If you meet the requirements:

If your application is complete and you meet the requirements, you will be emailed a form to register for the exam and you will be asked to pay the exam fee.

IMPORTANT: Once the College has determined that you are eligible to write the exam, you must take your first attempt within one year. You have three opportunities or four years, whichever comes first, to pass the exam.

If you do not meet the requirements:

If for any reason you do not meet the educational equivalency requirements, you will be contacted by the College and your application may be referred to the Registration Committee for review.

Step 10: Register for the exam

Once the College has received your exam forms and exam fee, you will receive notification by email with information about how to register for the online exam.

Online proctor registration demonstration.