• The Specialization Academy of Content Experts (SACE) was established to create a pool of certified specialists to write items for the specialist certification examinations. During the completion of the online application, SACE applicants will be required to complete the online course "Specialist Certification Examination Item Writing: An Overview," and submit a sample exam question. Elected applicants must commit to attending an item writing training workshop during APTA's 2020 Combined Sections Meeting (CSM), and commit to writing a minimum of 8-12 exam questions annually for the 2 year appointment to SACE. 

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


    Complete Online Application
    Submission Deadline: April 30, 2019

    Submission Cycle:

    • Submission Opens: February 26
    • Submission Deadline: April 30
    • Appointment begins January 1, 2020


    2018 Award

    Congratulations to the recipient of SACE's Item Writer of the Year Award:
    Heidi Edwards, PT, MPT
    Board-Certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
    Board-Certified in Sports Physical Therapy
    SACE Member for Sports Specialty Area

  • Last Updated: 2/27/2019
    Contact: spec-cert@apta.org