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ABPTS and Specialty Council Positions

  • 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), which is the governing body for certification and recertification for clinical specialists in physical therapy, is accepting nominations for 1 board-certified physical therapist in Geriatrics, and 1 board-certified specialist in Pediatrics. One of these individuals will also be in line to assume the ABPTS chair position in the third year of their term.

    ABPTS appointments are for 4-year terms beginning July 1, 2015.

    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 all Specialty Council appointments during the ABPTS September meeting.

    Specialty Councils

    ABPTS also appoints members of its 8 Specialty Councils. Nominations are not currently being accepted for the specialty councils.

    View Specialist Certification Specialty Council rosters.


    Please call 800/999-2782, ext. 3209, or e-mail keithmendenhall@apta.org with any questions or concerns.

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