• The Specialization Academy of Content Experts (SACE) was established to create a pool of certified specialists to write items for the specialist certification examinations. In addition to completing an online application, SACE applicants will be required to complete the online course "Specialist Certification Examination Item Writing: An Overview," commit to attending an item writing training workshop during APTA's Combined Sections Meeting (CSM), and commit to writing a minimum of 8-12 items/year for the two (2) year appointment to SACE. 

    Eligible applicants must be ABPTS board-certified clinical specialists in 1 or more of the following practice areas: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary, Clinical Electrophysiologic, Geriatric, Neurologic, Oncologic, Orthopaedic, Pediatric, Sports, and Women's Health Physical Therapy.


    The SACE application process is now CLOSED
    Next Submission Cycle Opens: February 2019
    Submission Deadline:
    April 30, 2019

    Annual Item Writing Incentives Program Information (.pdf)

    2017 Award

    Congratulations to the recipients of SACE's Item Writer of the Year Award:
    SAC Item Writer 2017
    Top Producing Item Writer of the Year
    Christopher M. Wilson, Jr., PT, DPT, DScPT
    Board-Certified Geriatrics Clinical Specialist
    SACE Member for Oncologic Specialty Area

  • Last Updated: 9/18/2018
    Contact: spec-cert@apta.org