• Specialty Councils

    ABPTS's is now seeking candidates for the members of its 8 Specialty Councils.

    Specialty Council appointments serve 4-year terms beginning January 1, 2019.

    Process for Applying

    1. Review the eligibility requirements below.
    2. Go to the online volunteer interest pool.
    3. Click "Apply for Current Vacancies."
    4. Select "American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties"
    5. Complete and submit the application.

    Submission Deadline: Tuesday, July 31, 2018.  

    ABPTS will make all Specialty Council appointments during the ABPTS fall meeting.

    View Specialist Certification Specialty Council rosters.

    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.

    ABPTS (Board)

    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 and will reopen in January 2019.

    ABPTS appointments are for 4-year terms beginning July 1, 2018.

    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.

    ABPTS will make appointments during the ABPTS spring meeting.


    Please call 800/999-2782, ext. 3227, or email sonyarome@apta.org with any questions or concerns.

  • Last Updated: 6/8/2018
    Contact: spec-cert@apta.org