• 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)

    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: 1/31/2019
    Contact: spec-cert@apta.org