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An individual holding a valid certificate of registry from the Society, who has paid the applicable annual dues and has received the approval of the Board.
To be eligible for Registered Membership, candidates must fulfill one of the following criteria:
1. RRTs who are members of a Canadian Regulatory Body
For RTs practicing in a regulated province, simply join online (link below). You must include your registry number from your provincial regulatory body.
2. RTs from non-regulated provinces For RTs practicing in a non-regulated province (British Columbia and the Territories), the following documents are required and must be uploaded during the membership application process:
- Proof of graduation from an Accreditation Canada (or CoARTE prior to September 1, 2019) approved respiratory therapy program
- Proof of successful completion of the exam as provided through the Health Professionals Testing Canada (HPTC) (previously the Canadian Board for Respiratory Care - CBRC).
See Associate Membership section on this page or email firstname.lastname@example.org
An individual NOT holding a certificate of registry from the Society and who has paid the applicable annual dues.
Individuals who have not received their respiratory therapy education and training in an approved school in Canada may join the CSRT as an Associate Member. This will keep you informed and connected with the profession of respiratory therapy in Canada. However, please note that membership DOES NOT qualify an individual to WORK as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) in Canada and there are no provisions for gaining the CSRT’s Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential from outside Canada.
Individuals holding the RRT designation from the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) in the United States and intend to move to Canada must satisfy registry requirements according to the process established by each jurisdiction. In Canada there are regulated and non-regulated provinces. An individual who plans to move to a non-regulated province (British Columbia, Territories), may earn the CSRT RRT credential through the following process:
- Join CSRT as an Associate member (link above)
- Provide NBRC verification of your RRT credential
- Successfully complete the Canadian national exam (Health Professionals Testing Canada (HPTC) exam)
Internationally educated health professionals: Individuals who have not received their respiratory therapy education and training in an approved school here in Canada may join the CSRT as an Associate Member. This will keep you informed and connected with the profession of respiratory therapy in Canada. However, please note that membership alone DOES NOT qualify an individual to WORK as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) here in Canada and there are no provisions for gaining the CSRT’s Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential from outside Canada.
Philippines Applicants: If you are a member of the ARCPP, you will be required to enter your promo code at check-out to receive the discount. If you have questions regarding the promo code, please email our membership team before continuing.
Please note that membership to the CSRT alone does not qualify an individual to work as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) in Canada and there are no provisions for gaining the CSRT’s Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential from outside Canada.
An individual who is training in a respiratory therapy program.
For a one-time low membership fee payment, students will be a CSRT Student Member during their education program. This includes:
- The membership is valid from when the student first joins the CSRT until the end of the membership year (March 31st) in which you graduate from an approved respiratory therapy program
- Receive a certificate of registry and pin upon the successful completion of the HPTC national certification examination
- Access to all CSRT Member Benefits
- Professional liability insurance coverage is afforded to Students during their clinical year while working under the direct supervision of a respiratory therapist, who is a CSRT member covered by professional liability insurance.
Did You Know?
Professional liability insurance (PLI) for new graduates: PLI coverage is available FOR PURCHASE to new graduates who are CSRT members and are eligible for restricted licenses in their province, and have started working prior to passing the national exam. An unsuccessful attempt at the National Certification Exam or failure to complete the exam within 12 months of graduation will mean the Professional Liability Insurance will expire at the end of the CSRT insurance policy term and the new graduate will be ineligible for PLI until successfully passing the National Certification Exam.Go to the Join the CSRT page Go to the CSRT Student page
NEW! Retired Registered Membership – The Retired Registered membership is available to an RT who had previously qualified for registered membership, has reached the age of 55 and is no longer directly or indirectly involved in the professional practice of respiratory therapy.Please contact us today to join the CSRT as a Retired Registered Member!
CSRT corporate membership enables our industry partners to be recognized by our members and other stakeholders as supporters of the CSRT and respiratory therapists nationwide. We’ve listened to your request and suggestions and have taken your suggestion and developed a mutually beneficial membership package specifically for corporate members.Please contact us today to join the CSRT as a Corporate member!
Distinguished Life Membership is conferred upon individuals who have provided meritorious service to the CSRT. The conferral of Life Membership represents the highest form of recognition by one’s peers, and is accordingly classified under the CSRT Distinguished Life Membership category. A person who is a CSRT Registered Member and has rendered distinguished services to the society may be honoured by the society to this classification of distinguished membership. The number of Distinguished Life Members at any given time shall not exceed fifteen.More information about the CSRT Distinguished Life Member Award and list of recipients
Honorary Life Membership is conferred upon individuals who have provided meritorious service to the CSRT. A person who is not otherwise eligible for registered membership in the CSRT, or is an industry partner, an individual who has rendered distinguished service to the profession of respiratory therapy or to the CSRT, may be honoured by the society to this classification of Honorary Life Membership.More information about the CSRT Honorary Life Member Award and list of recipients
CSRT members have access to:
CSRT RRT Credential
Health Benefits Plans
Virtual Counselling & Therapy Sessions
Legal Services Package
Bell Exclusive Partner Program
CRHP Assembly of the Canadian Thoracic Society
Local Hospitality Travel Discounts
Professional Liability Insurance
- Professional Liability Insurance applies on a “claims-made basis”.
This means that it only responds if you have an active PLI policy in place when a claim or complaint is made against you.
- This liability insurance protects members who are delivering services anywhere in Canada.
- You must report all incidents and claims as soon as you become aware of them (contact info below).
- PLI is only available to active CSRT members, your policy is only valid if your membership is active.
Professional liability insurance is available to CSRT Registered Members, and to Student Members who are new graduates eligible for a restricted license and have started working prior to passing the National Certification Exam. Contact us to confirm you are eligible for coverage before purchasing: no refunds can be issued.
If you hold the CCAA certification through the CSRT but are not a Registered Member, you can purchase liability insurance through our insurance broker, BMS, by contacting them directly. Contact info below.
The CSRT is committed to delivering ongoing value and exclusive access to comprehensive and competitively priced Professional Liability Insurance.
The price below is the rate for the 2023-2024 membership period.
$5M/$10M Professional Liability - $84
$5,000,000 per claim / $10,000,000 aggregate per year
(plus applicable tax in MB, NL, ON, QC and SK)
The Value of Having your Own Insurance Policy:
We encourage all RTs to hold their own Professional Liability Insurance (PLI) policy. The CSRT PLI policy follows you 24/7 through your full scope of practice as a respiratory therapist wherever you work in Canada and is not limited to your place of employment.
It’s important to be aware that employer’s PLI plans, such as those offered to employees of hospitals and health authorities, may be limited and likely will not cover RTs for volunteer work, work done outside of the employment setting, or when there is a complaint to your regulatory body.
Every year the CSRT PLI policy protects members by providing coverage for civil claims as well as covering legal expenses if a college complaint is made against them.
Maternity / Parental / Medical Leave:
The Professional Liability Insurance does extend to cover a Respiratory Therapist while on leave as long as you continue to be a member in good standing of CSRT. There is NO premium charged to keep your policy active while you are on leave. Members must start paying their premiums as soon as they start offering services again.
It is important to note that professional liability insurance applies on a “claims-made basis”, which means that it only responds if there is an active policy when a claim is reported, not when the incident actually occurred. It is important that your coverage not lapse, even if you are not working.
If you have professional liability insurance coverage when you are going on leave, your policy includes an extension at no cost during your leave: your professional liability insurance coverage will be extended for the duration of your leave. You must be an active member of the CSRT for your professional liability insurance coverage to be valid, it is imperative that you contact the CSRT to inform us that you are on or going on leave, so that we can extend your CSRT membership free of charge for the membership year you will be off work. When you are returning to work, simply contact the CSRT to purchase professional liability insurance coverage.
In The Event That You Are Retiring or Discontinuing Practice:
Your Professional Liability insurance policy automatically includes 5 years of extended reporting period coverage to respond to professional liability claims that arise after you have discontinued practice, but that are based on professional services rendered while you were a practicing member and prior to expiry of your last active policy.
Additional Insurance Products and Services:
CSRT members have access to additional insurance products and services to address your specific professional and business risk exposures. These include:
Legal Services Package
Legal Services Package. For $30 a year, CSRT members have access to a 24/7 telephone legal helpline to ask general business or personal legal questions. Members also have access to a legal documents library and document review service. Members can purchase this package any time through the CSRT Member Portal, in the Store.
Commercial General Liability
Commercial General Liability (CGL) insurance protects independent contractors and business owners against claims arising from injury or property damage that you (or your business, including your staff) may cause to another person as a result of your operations and/or premises. For example, a patient may fall and injure themselves on a wet floor in your office or you might cause property damage to a facility that you are contracting out of.
Legal Entity Insurance
In the event of a Professional Liability Insurance claim, both the individual and the business, as the wider provider of services, are likely to be named in a statement of claim or lawsuit. Legal Entity insurance protects the business and its assets in such circumstances.
Business owners with valuable contents to insure can purchase a Business Package policy to protect against damage to property, including items usual to an office as well as any stock, improvements and betterments, and loss of revenues caused by an interruption of business activities arising from an insured peril (such as fire). The policy also includes Commercial General Liability and protects against financial loss due to dishonesty, fraud, or theft of money, securities or other property owned by the business/clinic.
Cyber Security & Privacy Liability
Members can purchase a comprehensive Cyber Security and Privacy Liability policy to manage the risk of holding increasingly large quantities of personally identifiable data of patients, employees, and others, and to mitigate the reputational damage resulting from a data security breach.
Employment Practices Liability
Employment Practices Liability (EPL) insurance protects business owners against allegations of employment practice violation, including wrongful termination, discrimination, workplace harassment, and other employment related allegations.
Do you have questions about the CSRT Professional Liability policy or other insurance products?
Has an incident occurred?
BMS Canada Risk Services Ltd. (BMS)
Toll-Free Telephone: 1-855-318-6558
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