• 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.


    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 open, with a submission deadline of April 12.  ABPTS is accepting nominations for 1 board-certified clinical specialist in geriatrics and 1 board-certified clinical specialist in pediatrics.

    ABPTS appointments are for 4-year terms beginning July 1, 2019.

    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 in May.

    You may submit a nomination through the APTA Engage system, where additional instruction and guidance is provided.

    Specialty Councils

    ABPTS also appoints members of its 9 Specialty Councils.

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

    The nomination process for the ABPTS Specialty Councils is currently CLOSED and will reopen in June 2019.

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

    View Specialist Certification Specialty Council rosters.


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