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PTA Licensure Renewals Due by September 30, 2017: How to Count Your CE

Wednesday, July 5, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Nicholas
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PTA Licensure Renewals Due by September 30, 2017: How to Count Your CE

If you are a PTA, your professional license expires September 30th, which means that you need to complete 20 hours of continuing education (CE) prior to that date in order to renew. If this is your first PTA license renewal after obtaining your original license (after 10/01/15), you are not required to complete the minimum CE hours. 

It has been brought to our attention that there is confusion as to what is required – and what counts - as part of the CE requirements for this renewal cycle.  The current rules that were put in place on October 10, 2014 (which can be found here) tell us that:

  • All PTAs must complete 20 hours of CE, and 3 of those hours must include content related to the ethical practice of physical therapy, and all CE must be relevant to the practice of physical therapy and either approved or offered by an authorized entity: 
  • In order for a course to count, it must have been (one of the following):
    • Any course offered APTA and any of its chapters and sections (including Illinois) and FSBPT counts.
    • Any individual course approved by IPTA or FSBPT counts.
    • Any course offered by a CE sponsor that is licensed through IDFPR to offer PT courses counts.
    • Any course offered by a college, university, or community college with a PT or PTA education programs that is CAPTE accredited counts.

The rules also limits certain types of CE:

  • No more than half (10 hours) of your CE may be earned through self study programs. 
  • You can count up to 5 hours for each of the following:
    • Participating in a journal club
    • Educational programs at Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA) district meetings
    • Department in-services
    • Completion of skills certification courses (2 hours for CPR and 3 for 3 hours BLS, ACLS, or PALS)
    • Serving as a Clinical Instructor
  • You may be able to earn CE by teaching a course, participating in a residency or fellowship program, get certified in a specialty, or have your research published.

One important reminder as we move into PTA licensure renewal:  Always remember that, if you change your residence or email address, you must update your information with IDFPR. The IDFPR is not responsible for tracking you down to make sure you renew your license, nor are the responsible for notifying you of changes to your licensure rules.  Don’t expect a letter to be mailed to you, or a new box to check off on the renewal that asks if you met new requirements. It is your responsibility to know the laws and rules that regulate your licensure and abide by them.   In the future, the IDPFR hopes to be able to communicate electronically with you – which could mean you might receive a few nice reminders about changes that impact your profession.  In order for that to work, though, they need a valid email address from you.  New this year is online printing of your license. According to IDFPR, you should receive an email letting you know your license is ready to be printed within 2-3 days of completing your renewal. If you don't receive the email, you can visit and click on the "Get My License". You will be asked to enter some identifying information and then will be directed to your license to print. Still having problems? Call IDFPR at 1 (888) 473-4858.

Have additional questions about licensure?  The IDFPR and IPTA websites both offer resources, as well as human support.  You can reach the IDFPR at 800-560-6420.  You can reach the IPTA at 630-904-0101 or

Keep all CE Certificates. If audited, you will be required to provide copies to document your CE requirements. Looking for a place to safely store them? Your personal profile on the IPTA website has just the features. CE’s earned through IPTA programs (REVITALIZE, #Third Thursday, Research Webinar) will automatically be uploaded to your member profile for your convenience to store, track, and print!
You can also upload and track other CE certifications you receive that are outside of the IPTA.

  • login to your IPTA member profile to view CE’s that are posted to your profile, under Professional Development.  
  • The ‘Journal Entries’ tab will allow you to print an overview of your CE’s.
  • Please use the Certifications/Programs tab to view the actual certificate. 
  • To print the certificate, use the icon with red paperclip next to the program title.   
  • If you are having trouble printing, please check your printer settings.   

Are you short a few CE hours? Visit the IPTA Calendar of events for upcoming CE Courses that are happening near you!

Also, now you can access past #THIRDTHURSDAY events through our #THIRDTHURSDAY virtual library! You can even earn CE credits for viewing the recorded events.

Here's how it works:

  1. Visit our #THIRDTHURSDAY Virtual Library.
  2. Purchase the recording. (FREE FOR IPTA MEMBERS - log in to so it knows who you are!) Non-member cost is $35. You can earn 1-2 hours of CE, depending on the length of program.
  3. Once your transaction is completed, you will receive an email with a link to download a document containing a link to the online recording AND a link to a quiz to complete after you view the recording.
  4. Watch the recording and complete the quiz. If you score 80% or better, you will receive an email notification of your CE award.  If you are an IPTA member, your CE award will also post in your membership profile under Professional Development. If you are not an IPTA member, a certificate will be sent to the email address you provide when completing your quiz.

To review the complete Rules for the Administration of the Physical Therapy Act, click here.  

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