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Why Specialist Certification

As a board-certified specialist, you’ll be among more than 30,000 PTs who have achieved certification since the first credentials were awarded in 1985 — and you’ll empower your professional growth.

  • Dive deep into what moves you. Earning specialist certification is all about pursuing the facets of physical therapy that you love most.
  • Elevate your practice. Specialist certification helps patients and referral sources know that you offer a deep understanding of specific areas of care, and that you're committed to professional growth.
  • Get recognized for your commitment. Specialist certification is the profession's acknowledgment that you've achieved knowledge and skills that set you apart.
  • Help lead the profession. Engagement is the heart of leadership: ABPTS specialists are often at the forefront of developments in research and practice, and part of a community that believes in continuous improvement of patient care.

From Consideration to Certification — And Beyond


Find Out if Certification Is Right for You

Apply To Be a Certified Specialist

Maintain Your Certification
Daniel Stam, PT, DPT
Daniel Stam, PT, DPT
Board-Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist

What this credential means to me is just a greater commitment toward the patients who I serve, the profession, and the students who I teach. I would encourage others to pursue specialty certification to demonstrate their commitment to the profession and to open up future career opportunities.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Cardiovascular & Pulmonary, Clinical Electrophysiology, Oncology, Women's Health, and Wound Management
  • July 1

    Application Deadline
  • July 31

    Reapplication Deadline

    For candidates who did not pass on first attempt.

  • Nov. 30

    Initial Certification Exam Fee Deadline
  • By Jan. 1

    Scheduling Permits Issued
  • Feb. 26-March 12

    2022 Exam Dates
  • By June 30

    Exam Results Released

    Notification of exam results will sent by email (from spec-cert@apta.org) and shortly after to the online portal.

Geriatrics, Neurology, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, and Sports
  • July 31

    Application Deadline

    Sports Excluded

  • Aug. 31

    Reapplication Deadline

    Sports Excluded

  • Oct. 31

    Sports Application / Reapplication Deadline
  • Nov. 30

    Initial Certification Exam Fee Deadline
  • By Jan. 1

    Scheduling Permits Issued
  • Feb. 26-March 12

    2022 Exam Test Dates
  • By June 30

    Exam Results Posted

    Notification of exam results will sent by email (from spec-cert@apta.org) and shortly after to the online portal.