Individuals seeking appointment to ABPTS and the Specialty Councils must have the following qualifications:
Note: Specialty council experience is helpful, but not required.
We encourage you to review the requirements and responsibilities (.pdf) required of appointed members of ABPTS and Specialty Councils.
ABPTS also appoints members of its 10 Specialty Councils.
Specialty Council appointments are for 4-year terms beginning January 1.
The nomination process for the ABPTS Specialty Council positions is currently OPEN, with a submission deadline of July 31. ABPTS makes all Specialty Council appointments during the ABPTS fall meeting in September.
View Specialist Certification Specialty Council rosters.
You may submit a nomination through the APTA Engage system and search on the words "Specialty Council 2021"
The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS), is the governing body for certification and recertification for clinical specialists in physical therapy. The nomination process for ABPTS positions is currently CLOSED.Members of ABPTS may not concurrently hold a primary APTA section office that could present a conflict of interest between the two groups. Also, although Specialty Council experience is preferred, it is not required for appointment to ABPTS.
View the ABPTS Board roster.
You may submit a nomination through the APTA Engage system and search on the words "American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties."
ABPTS makes all board appointments during the ABPTS spring meeting in May.
Please call 800/999-2782, ext. 8520, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.