Continuing Professional Development Program
1. The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program entails the following:
a. The licensee shall complete the Reflective Self-Assessment Tool (RSAT) 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 Reflective Self-Assessment Tool (RSAT) or
Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (AKS). A licensee shall use the
Board approved form.
ii. Accrual of 30 points 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 therapist 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. Professional Development Activities are separated into Category I, Category II, and
Category III activities and each category has a corresponding point value. Points
are used in lieu of continuing education units (CEU) or contact hours to allow
credit for non-continuing education type activities.
c. Points 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. A minimum of 15 of the required 30 points must be Category I activities.
e. Professional Development Activities will only apply for one 2-year renewal period.
3. The completion of an Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (AKS) will not be accepted more
than once every 10 years.
a. An AKS must meet the following criteria:
i. Be drafted and validated by qualified physical therapists and psychometricians;
ii. Be comprised of evidence based practice;
iii. Be maintained for relevancy and advancements in and affecting the
iv. Provide feedback to the participant/licensee regarding his/her performance
and suggested learning opportunities to enhance his/her knowledge and
b. Administrative Approval. The Board finds the following AKSs to have met the criteria
established in section C(3)(a) of this rule, and are administratively approved by
i. The online continuing competence learning and assessment tool (oPTion)
administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
ii. If the AKS is not listed as administratively approved by the Board in this rule,
then additional documentation demonstrating the AKS satisfies the
Board criteria will be required prior to registering and completing the
c. The licensee may count the completion of an AKS as a Category I activity toward a
mandatory 30 PDA points for the corresponding 2-year renewal period in
compliance with the State Physical Therapy Board’s Professional Development
Activities List for assigned point values.
4. 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.