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September 10, 2019: Update - Discontinuation of aPTitude & ProCert


Please read this notification announcing the discontinuation of the aPTitude system and the ProCert program. Additional details will be posted here and emailed to aPTitude-registered activity vendors as they are available. This notification explains the ProCert subscription refund policy.


No new vendor registrations to aPTitude are being approved.


To learn more about the future focus of the FSBPT continuing competence initiative, please read this Forum article



ProCert is a program of the Federation of State Board of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). ProCert evaluates physical therapy continuing competence activities (courses and conferences) using the research-based FSBPT Standards for Continuing Competence Activities. Activities meeting program requirements are awarded ProCert certification (approval) with whole-number Continuing Competence Unit (CCUs) values reflecting compliance with the Standards. 


Any provider of a physical therapy continuing competence activity registered as a Vendor in aPTitude (a free-to-use online system) may submit an activity to ProCert. Submitting for certification is voluntary, but achieving certification is beneficial for reasons including it:

•    Renders the activity as acceptable toward meeting continuing competence requirements by the majority of state licensure boards (listed below); and

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



Activities Eligible for Certification

There are two available "pathways" - continuing education and symposium/conferences. Most activities (e.g. live courses, recorded courses, inservices, etc.) follow the continuing education path. Symposium/conferences have different requirements and consist of specific elements such as concurrent sessions, or a combination of certain other elements. To determine if your activity is a symposium/conference, please review this guide. Submit any activity not meeting this guide as a continuing education course.



Preparing for Submission

View the recorded orientation to ProCert as it demonstrates the submission process and provides an orientation to the ProCert Guidance Documents. Vendors are strongly advised to review in advance either the ProCert Guidance Document for Vendors - Continuing Education, or the ProCert Guidance Document for Vendors - Conferences prior to submitting an activity for review. These documents identify and explain the requirements to meet the Standards and present examples of materials and information to support the submission. Also view the short videos below -- relevant to the activity type -- that demonstrate how to submit to the Standards:

Standard 1 - Administration - Continuing Education


Standard 1 - Administration - Conferences

Standard 2 - Appropriate Language - Continuing Education & Conferences Standard 3 - Non-discriminatory- Continuing Education & Conferences Standard 4 - Copyright & Disclosure- Continuing Education & Conferences

Standard 5 - Content - Continuing Education


Standard 5 - Content - Conferences

Standard 6 - Content Analysis - Continuing Education

Standard 7 - Instructor /  Developer Qualifications - Continuing Education

Standard 8 - Information & Materials- Continuing Education & Conferences

Standard 9 - Engagement - Continuing Education

Standard 10 - Evidence Based Practice - Continuing Education

Standard 11 - Objectives - Continuing Education

Standard 12 - Activity Design- Continuing Education & Conferences
Standard 13 - Assessment - Continuing Education

Standard 14 - Review & Assessment - Continuing Education






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

Alaska            Arizona        Arkansas  California Colorado Delaware  District of Columbia 
Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Kansas Kentucky
Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska North Carolina 
North Dakota Oregon Pennsylvania Puerto Rico Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota
Tennessee Utah Vermont Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming  

Additional states are updating rules/regulations or policies to reflect the acceptance or recognition of ProCert. Accordingly, the above information will be promptly updated. Some states use ProCert to evaluate and certify dry needling courses; contact FSBPT staff for more information.




ProCert certification will be granted for one or two years depending on the option selected. Vendors may choose the start date either in the future or in the past. 




All submitted activities are submitted under one of the options below:

•     Single Activity: $100 for submission of a single activity - ONE YEAR certification period

•     Single Activity: $200 for submission of a single activity - TWO YEAR certification period


Submitted activities will not be assigned to review unless accompanied by the fee (processed once the submission is complete). FSBPT accepts VISA and MasterCard.



Review Time Frame

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




If dissatisfied with the outcome, the vendor may resubmit additional or clarifying information for re-evaluation. Each paid submission to ProCert is granted one free re-evaluation; subsequent submissions require a fee or subscription deduction.



Recertifying Activities

Any ProCert certified activity may be resubmitted for subsequent certification periods. The 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.



Browser Compatability

aPTitude is compatable with most browsers; the exception to this is Safari where content and functionality may not be ideal. FSBPT cannot ensure that aPTitude will work with all versions of browsers and all versions of operating systems. If you experience difficulty, consider trying to relaunch aPTitude in one of the following browsers: the two most recent versions of Internet Explorer, the latest version of Firefox, and Chrome on the PC and Mac. We will update this list when additional browsers become available. 


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