• Eligibility Requirements

    Individuals seeking appointment to ABPTS and the Specialty Councils must have the following qualifications:

    1. Must be a board-certified physical therapist in a specialty area, 
    2. Show evidence of effective group participation, and
    3. Demonstrate the ability to complete tasks in a timely manner.

    Note: Specialty council experience is helpful, but not required.

    We encourage you to review the requirements and responsibilities (.pdf) required of appointed members of ABPTS and Specialty Councils.

    Specialty Councils

    ABPTS also appoints members of its 10 Specialty Councils. Specialty Council appointments are for 4-year terms beginning January 1.

    The nomination process for the ABPTS Specialty Council positions is closed.

    View Specialist Certification Specialty Council rosters


    The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS), is the governing body for certification and recertification for clinical specialists in physical therapy. The nomination process for ABPTS positions is currently CLOSED.

    Members of ABPTS may not concurrently hold a primary APTA section office that could present a conflict of interest between the two groups. Also, although Specialty Council experience is preferred, it is not required for appointment to ABPTS.

    View the ABPTS Board roster.

    You may submit a nomination through the APTA Engage system and search on the words "American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties."

    ABPTS makes all board appointments during the ABPTS spring meeting in May.


    Please call 800/999-2782, ext. 8520, or email spec-cert@apta.org with any questions or concerns.