• Board-certified specialists who have retired from direct patient/client care (as defined by ABPTS) may petition ABPTS in writing to be granted the designation “emeritus.”

    1. A board-certified specialist with current certification status retiring from direct patient/client care who desires to maintain affiliation with the certification process may submit a written request to ABPTS for authorization to include the designation “emeritus” after their specialist initials.
    2. Clinical specialists with two or more clinical specialties may apply for “emeritus” status only when they have retired from direct patient/client care.
    3. For the purpose of this policy, a therapist who does not participate in direct patient/client care but may perform occasional demonstrations or supervision of patient/client care of less than five hours per week, qualifies for “emeritus” status.
    4. At the time that ABPTS grants a retired specialist permission to use the designation “emeritus,” the individual will be notified that he or she may not represent themselves as board certified if they resume direct patient/client care. Use of the specialist initials in violation of this condition will be dealt with under Section XIV of the ABPTS Policies and Procedures (.pdf).

    Emeritus designation application (.pdf)
    Emeritus designation application and one-time $100 fee should be sent to: ABPTS, PO Box 75701, Baltimore, MD 21298.

  • Last Updated: 9/8/2017
    Contact: spec-recert@apta.org