Effective after the 2020 certification renewal, or upon the completion of the first renewal of a certification thereafter, the physical therapist assistant shall demonstrate continuing professional competency in order to renew a certification by participation in the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program where the PTA will complete 20 hours.
*CEUFast courses offerings fall under the Educational Coursework, Fellowships and Residencies category.
Continuing Professional Development Program
1. The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program entails the following:
a. The licensee shall complete the Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) once per 2-
year renewal period. A licensee shall use the Board approved form.
i. The execution of a Learning Plan once per 2-year renewal period that is based
upon the licensee’s Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) or
Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (AKS). A licensee shall use the
Board approved form.
ii. Accrual of twenty hours of Professional Development Activities (PDA) per 2-year
2. Professional Development Activities (PDA)
a. Professional Development Activities must be relevant to the licensee’s practice as a
physical therapy assistant and pertinent to his/her Learning Plan. The Board will not pre-
approve specific courses or providers. The licensee shall determine which
activities and topics will meet his/her Learning Plan, and select an appropriate
b. One contact hour equals one credit hour of Professional Development Activities (PDA).
c. Professional Development Activities List. Activities are organized into the following two categories:
a. Educational Coursework, Fellowships, and Residencies; and
b. Other Professional Development Activities:
- Formalized Assessments
- Presentations, Research and Publications
- Mentoring and Supervision
- Independent or Group Study or In-Service
- Volunteer Service
c. Hours will be accepted if the activity is included in the board's Professional Development Activities List. The board may accept or reject activities submitted for consideration that are not identified on its list.
d. Professional Development Activities will only apply for one two-year renewal period.
e. A minimum of fifteen of the twenty required hours will be in the Educational Coursework, Fellowships and Residencies category
3. Audit of Compliance. The following documentation is required for an audit of compliance of a
licensee’s Continuing Professional Development:
a. The Learning Plan that is signed and executed which contains the licensee’s goals in
the form and manner as approved by the Board.
b. A certificate of completion or other report issued by the AKS provider indicating the
name of the licensee, AKS title, content, and the licensee’s date of completion.
c. Documentation of 30 points of Professional Development Activities in compliance with
the State Physical Therapy Board’s Professional Development Activities List for
documentation requirements for PDAs.
d. The Board may accept or reject Professional Development Activities (PDA) that do not
meet the criteria established by the Board for PDA or standards of quality as
defined in the State Physical Therapy Board’s Professional Development
Activities List, Standards of Quality for Category I Continuing Education
Activities, and this rule.