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30th Jurisdiction Confirms Acceptance of ProCert Certification!

The end of 2016 delivered the exciting news that Puerto Rico became the 30th jurisdiction to confirm acceptance of ProCert certification of continuing education courses and conferences. Any ProCert certified activity will be accepted by the board for purposes of meeting continuing education and licensure renewal requirements for PTs and PTAs in Puerto Rico. 

The list of ProCert accepting jurisdictions now consists of: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Several more states are updating their laws and/or rules to accept ProCert certification in the future – potentially by the end of this year. Learn more about ProCert here, or contact FSBPT Continuing Competence Staff for more information. If you serve on, or are an administrator of, one of the remaining 23 jurisdictions not currently accepting ProCert, we welcome an opportunity to present to your board the many features and benefits the program offers to support your continuing competence mission.

 

oPTion Receives 15 Units toward Continuing Competence in Mississippi
 

Since its launch in January 2016, credit for completing the oPTion self-directed assessment tool is now confirmed in 14 states. Most recently Mississippi has confirmed 15 units of credit for oPTion.

oPTion is a continuing competence tool created by the FSBPT to allow physical therapists to compare their knowledge, skills, and abilities to current entry-level general physical therapy practice. It is also an opportunity to review PT fundamentals.  oPTion is available online and on demand from your personal computer.

Currently the states awarding credit include Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming. Additional states will be added once confirmed. If your state or jurisdiction doesn’t appear on this list please log in to aPTitude to carefully review the requirements or contact your board.

Sign up for oPTion today!

 
ProCert Continuing Competence Activity Certification Program Now in 29 Jurisdictions
 
Colorado is the most recent state to accept ProCert certification of continuing education courses and conferences. Any ProCert certified activity will be accepted by the board for purposes of meeting continuing education and licensure renewal requirements for PTs and PTAs in this state.  It joins Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.  Several more states are updating their laws to accept ProCert certification in the future.  Learn more about ProCert here, or contact FSBPT Continuing Competence Staff for more information.

Virginia Begins Accepting ProCert

Effective July 17, 2013 rule revisions to the continuing competence requirements for PTs and PTAs licensed in Virginia resulted in the following changes (among others):

·         An increase in the number of required contact hours for PTs (from 15 to 20) and for PTAs (from 10 to 15) for each licensure period.  
·         FSBPT has been granted authority to approve continuing education courses (through ProCert). 
 
The Virginia Board of Physical Therapy has posted the updated language on their website.
 

APTA and FSBPT Issue Joint Communication on Continuing Competence

APTA and FSBPT issued on January 23, 2012, a joint communication on continuing competence that provides new, useful information on our collaboration on this issue.  To view the joint communication, go to www.continuingcompetence.org and click on "Discussion Paper:  A Collaboration of FSBPT and the APTA" under Resources.

Continuing Competence Discussion Paper

The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy has engaged in on-going dialogue and discussion related to the topic of continuing competence with the American Physical Therapy Association. This discussion arose out of the concept that continuing competence is an area in which both organizations have roles and responsibilities and there might be opportunities for collaboration. As a result, the two organizations jointly developed a discussion paper called “Continuing Competence in Physical Therapy:  An Ongoing Discussion”.