In 2019, the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) decided to discontinue the ProCert / aPTitude system as of December 31, 2019, so currently there is not a centralized, uniform CEU approval/recording process for Physical Therapy. If you are a licensee in Georgia, Mississippi, or Nevada, which are the three boards that required licensees to report compliance through aPTitude, FSBPT has been working with those state boards to ensure a seamless transition for their licensees. There will be additional information about the transition process at a future date. Other state Boards and APTA chapters are working on providing alternative resources for recording CEUs , and we have a couple of those resources listed below.
Additional Resources for Recording CEU Activity
CE Broker is a resource available to Physical Therapists and Assistants for recording CEU activity in a limited amount of states. With a Professional Account, CE broker will calculate your exact CE requirements so you always know where you stand, and everything that you report will show up on your Course History and Compliance Transcript. As a Professional Account holder, you can digitally store your certificates, indefinitely. Professional Account has an advertised fee of $29/year.
CEU Locker is available to Physical Therapists and Assistants in a limited amount of states, and works with professional associations to provide their members with secure, cloud based CEU storage, management and archiving.
Continuing Education Unit
The term “CEU” is in the public domain, and it is used by many organizations for their continuing education or professional training hours. According to the International Association for Continuing Education and Training website https://www.iacet.org/, the Continuing Education Unit or CEU was created and defined in 1970 after IACET and the U.S. Department of Education task force studied the measurement of non-credit continuing education activities. The continuing education unit (CEU) was designed to: Provide a standard unit of measurement for continuing education and training; Quantify continuing education and training (CE/T) activities; and Accommodate for the diversity of providers, activities, and purposes in adult education. IACET currently uses uses the American National Standards Institute / IACET Standard, in-depth research on the learning process and a nationwide network of experts to help continuing education and training providers to develop a framework for continuous improvement and a superior learning experience. The American Physical therapy Association currently uses the IACET to accredit the continuing education courses that are offered by the APTA.
Many Physical Therapists that I encounter have barely heard of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, and have no idea of its purpose or function. FSBPT is the member organization for the U.S. state licensing boards/agencies regulating the practice of physical therapy.
The Mission of the FSBPT is to protect the public by providing service and leadership that promote safe and competent physical therapy practice, and the Vision of the FSBPT is to achieve a high level of public protection through a strong foundation of laws and regulatory standards in physical therapy, effective tools and systems to assess entry-level and continuing competence, and public and professional awareness of resources for public protection. FSBPT’s areas of focus guides it in the planning and budgeting process by keeping it focused on what is essential to forwarding the mission of the Federation. The areas of Focus were developed over time through our membership surveys, two FSBPT summits, strategic planning sessions of the board of directors and additional feedback from committees and staff. The six areas of focus are:
Examinations: To ensure the ongoing excellence, reliability, defensibility, security and validity of the NPTE and related examinations. Membership: To enhance the Federation’s value to its membership by developing and maintaining programs and services responsive to membership needs. States’ Rights, States’ Responsibilities and Professional Standards: To identify and promote effective regulation in physical therapy that ensures the delivery of safe and competent physical therapy care, while respecting states’ rights and responsibilities. Education: To provide and promote educational programs and products for board members, administrators, the public and other stakeholders. Leadership: To broaden the Federation’s leadership role and recognition within the regulatory, professional and related communities. Organizational and Financial Stability To ensure the long-term organizational and financial stability and viability of the Federation.
FSBPT is a dynamic organization that promotes collaboration and teamwork between its various constituencies to ensure the best possible outcomes, and its member boards are at the top of the organizational structure. Member boards typically include professionals, public members and administrators.
Delegate Assembly: Each member of a board elects a delegate, an alternate delegate and an administrator. These individuals attend the annual delegate assembly, which includes a meeting of the council of board administrators. Policy and direction is set and provided to the board of directors and FSBPT staff at this annual event. The delegate assembly elects the board of directors, who represent the 53 member boards as a whole. On the board of directors, there will be current members of member boards, former members of member boards, administrators of member boards and public members. the public member position brings an important perspective to the board when it considers what is best for public protection. The board provides ongoing leadership to the Federation through a strategic planning and goal setting process. The delegate assembly and board of directors also elect or appoint members to committees and task forces. These volunteers take the initiative on various issues facing member boards and provide practical recommendations to the board of directors. The link to the FSBPT home page is: http://www.fsbpt.org/
CE For Therapy was launched June, 2017, and is scanning for new Courses that offer CEUs continuously, so the directory on the website is always as up-to-date as possible. If you are aware of any additional Providers of CEU Physical Therapy Courses, or resources for recording CEU activity that you think should be included, please contact us.