• Need to Postpone Sitting for the ABPTS Examination?

    All certification candidates have the option of deferring their examination to the following year. It’s simple and easy through the online application process.

    NOTE: There are administrative and financial implications to examination deferment. Applicant files will remain active for only two (2) consecutive exam administrations. However, eligibility for the second exam administration requires an online reapplication submission by August 31, along with a $170 reapplication fee, as well as the current examination fee by November 30. This policy applies to those who choose to delay sitting for the exam, those who are not approved to sit for the examination, and those who do not pass the exam.

    Eligible reapplicants will receive reapplication information by email directly from the Specialist Certification Program. To reapply, you must submit an online reapplication, verification of current licensure to practice physical therapy, updated direct patient care hours, and any other requested documentation. The APTA Specialist Certification Program must receive this documentation by the reapplication deadline for the next scheduled exam. Reapplicants must meet the current practice requirements to be eligible to sit for the exam. After 2 consecutive exam administrations, you must submit an entirely new application and initial applicant review fee to apply for specialist certification.

    To submit a deferment, follow these steps:

    1. Click on "Online Application."
    2. Find your current application and click on "History."
    3. On the left-hand side of the screen, click on "Applicant Admin."
    4. At the top of the Applicant Admin page is "Submit Deferment." After reviewing the deferment guidelines (.pdf) use the drop-down menu and select "Yes."
    5. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and click "Save" to complete the deferment.
    6. Once you click "Save" the deferment has been processed. There will be no further confirmation from ABPTS.

    If you have any additional questions about the deferment process, please contact a member of the specialist certification program staff at 800/999-APTA (2782), ext 8520, or at spec-cert@apta.org.

  • Last Updated: 2/26/2018
    Contact: spec-cert@apta.org