Since the inception of board-certified physical therapy clinical specialization in 1978, board certification was not lifelong; it was valid for a period of 10 years. To be recertified as a clinical specialist, the specialist had to demonstrate ongoing practice in the specialty area by meeting a minimum number of practice hours and also by either passing the exam again, preparing a professional development portfolio (PDP), or by completing an APTA-credentialed residency program. In assessing the recertification process, several issues came to the attention of ABPTS regarding this process:
The purpose of a transition to the Maintenance of Specialist Certification process is:
ABPTS has developed a model for certification that focuses on continuing competence of the physical therapist specialist. This new model has been titled the "Maintenance of Specialist Certification" and includes the following elements:
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