• Maximize your PT potential and complete your application to become board certified in 1 or more of the 9 specialty areas of physical therapy listed below.

    Who are Board-Certified Clinical Specialists?

    Join a prestigious group of over 24,000 of your peers who demonstrate competency in specialized knowledge and advanced clinical proficiency. Specialization is the process by which a physical therapist builds on a broad base of professional education and practice to develop a greater depth of knowledge and skills related to a particular area of practice, exceeding that of the physical therapist at entry to the profession.

    Why become a Certified Specialist?

    • Enjoy an increased sense of personal achievement and self-confidence
    • Open doors to professional growth like new job opportunities, leadership and service.
    • Earn a credential that reflects advanced specialist practice to patients, physicians, and payers.

     Specialist Certification Video


    Initial Certification Deadlines

    July 1: Certification deadline for:

    July 31: Certification deadline for:

    August 31: Reapplication Deadline

    November 30: Initial Certification Exam Fee Deadline

    Scheduling Permits

    Scheduling Permits will be issued in late December.

    Test Dates

    February 29 - March 14, 2020: 2020 Exam Dates


    Establish a New Specialty Area


  • Last Updated: 3/25/2020
    Contact: spec-cert@apta.org