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Overview

The Federation of State Board of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) developed ProCert, a comprehensive continuing competence activity certification program, as directed by its members - the 53 U.S. jurisdiction physical therapy licensing boards (“jurisdiction boards”). FSBPT uses the Standards for Continuing Competence Activities to evaluate the content of continuing competence activities for purposes of awarding certification through ProCert.

 

ProCert awards whole-number Continuing Competence Units (CCUs) values that reflect compliance with the Standards. 

 

Any provider of a physical therapy continuing competence activity registered as a Vendor in aPTitude may submit activity information to the online ProCert system. Registering and recording activities in aPTitude is free. Submitting for ProCert certification is voluntary, but is beneficial to providers of continuing competence activities for the following reasons:

•    Renders that activity as recognized or acceptable by multiple jurisdiction boards as meeting those jurisdictions’ licensure renewal requirements for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants;

•    Promotes that activity as having met comprehensive standards for purposes of promoting the activity to prospective students and learners.

 

Activities Eligible for Certification

•     Continuing education courses

•     Conferences - must contain concurrent sessions (ex. breakouts/tracks)

In the future, ProCert may also accept:

•     Degree coursework

•     Examinations and assessments

•     Residencies and Fellowships

 

Acceptance

Continuing competence activities certified by ProCert are currently accepted by the following jurisdictions:

Alabama            Arkansas            Arizona
California Delaware District of Columbia       
Georgia Illinois Indiana
Kansas Kentucky Montana
Nebraska North Carolina Oregon
South Carolina Tennessee Utah
Vermont Virginia Wisconsin

Other jurisdiction boards are updating rules/regulations or policies to reflect the acceptance or recognition of ProCert. Accordingly, the above information and other certification guidance will be promptly updated.

 

Term

ProCert certification will be granted for one year beginning with the date the activity was granted certification. Vendors may choose the start date either in the future or in the past. 

 

Fees

All submitted activities are subject to the required fee schedule:

•     Single Activity: $60 for submission of a single activity

•     Subscription I: $495 for submission of up to 20 activities in a one-year period (begins with subscription purchase)

•     Subscription II: $995 for submission of up to 100 activities in a one-year period (begins with subscription purchase)

•     Subscription III: $1,995 for submission of up to 500 activities in a one-year period (begins with subscription purchase)

Submitted activities will not be assigned to review unless accompanied by the fee (to be processed at the conclusion of the submission process). FSBPT accepts VISA and MasterCard for purposes of certification fee payment.

 

Review Time Frame

Please allow 4-6 weeks for review of a submitted activity.

 

Recertifying Activities

Any certified activity may be resubmitted for subsequent one-year certification periods. The certification requirements may change so Vendors should research those in advance of recertification submission. All data for previously certified activities is saved in the system for Vendors to edit and update for recertification submission.

 

Preparing for Submission

To view a recorded orientation to ProCert, click here. This recording demonstrates the submission process and highlights available resources including the ProCert Guidance Documents. Vendors are strongly encouraged to review either the ProCert Guidance Document for Vendors - Continuing Education, or the ProCert Guidance Document for Vendors - Conferences, in advance of submitting an activity for review. These documents are intended to prepare Vendors for the submission process, offer examples of materials and information that may be submitted to support the submission, and provide clarity to the requirements as defined by the standards and criteria. Please also visit our how to get started with ProCert page. 

 

Re-evaluation

If dissatisfied with the certification determination, the provider of the activity may resubmit additional or clarifying information for re-evaluation. There is no fee for one re-evaluation request; subsequent submissions require a fee or deduction from the subscription.

 

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