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Coronavirus Update: FAQs about Continuing Education and PT License Renewal

Thursday, April 9, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Nicholas
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AUGUST 4, 2020

IDFPR Issues Variance for PT License Renewal Requirements

Electronic notices for PT license renewals went out the week of July 27th and at the same time, Acting Director Cecilia Abundis signed an administrative order granting a variance that provides for all 40 hours of continued education to be obtained through self study for this renewal cycle only.

This will come as a relief for those who are struggling to find in-person and live virtual programming that is offered at times that don’t conflict with work and personal commitments.

You can read the full variance here.


JULY 7, 2020

FAQs about Continuing Education and PT License Renewal

As of now, the IDFPR has not made any exception to continuing education requirements, nor extended the timeline for PT license renewal beyond September 30, 2020. Here’s the answers to some basic questions about CE and license renewal.

For PTs, what’s the breakdown of how many hours have to be traditional CE and how many can be self-study?

For PT’s, no more than 20 of the 40 required hours can be self-study. It is important to note that self-study means just that: an independent study completed on your own time. Self-study includes pre-recorded webinars.

If you sign up for an online educational program that is offered at a specific time and is given live by the presenter, it counts as traditional as long as you can communicate in real time with the presenter and other participants.

What about the IPTA’s #THIRDTHURSDAY programs? Traditional or self-study?

If you register and participate online in a live #THIRDTHURSDAY program and complete the post presentation quiz/evaluation, it is traditional.

If you visit our virtual library and select a pre-recorded #THIRDTHURDSAY program and complete the quiz, it counts as self-study.

Does IPTA’s Spotlight on Research count as traditional CE?


Do the new Extra Credits offered by IPTA count as traditional CE? 

Yes - as long as you participate in the live programs.  If you download and watch a pre-recorded session it counts as self study.

Is the requirement of completing 3 hours of Ethics CE in addition to the 40 hours?

No. The ethics CE can be completed as part of the 40 hours and can be in either traditional (live) or self-study format.

Looking to fulfill your 3 CE hour Ethics Requirement for license renewal? Join us on Thursday, April 16th, as IPTA's Ethics Committee presents a virtual 3 hour CE learning course on "Got Ethics?" - which fulfills the 3 hour Ethics requirement for license renewal by the State of Illinois. Learn more and register here:

Is the new sexual harassment prevention training an additional hour?

No. One hour of sexual harassment prevention training also counts in your 40 and can be either traditional (live) or self-study format.

IPTA is offering a Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Webinar - now available on-demand (self study)! Click here to watch the program and get your CE!

Does my employer’s sexual harassment prevention training in-service meet the requirement?

Only if your employer is licensed to provide CE to a health care profession or has the program approved by an entity with the authority to do so, like the IPTA. If your employer is authorized to provide CE for nurses or physicians, as examples, then they can provide the same training for any licensed health care profession.

If your employer is not licensed to provide CE for any health care profession, they can submit their program to IPTA for approval, and then, once approved, it would qualify for CE for any licensed health care profession.

With the stay-at-home in place, most live CE has either moved to online or cancelled. I was planning to take the second 27 hour dry needling program – which has to be in person – and now I can’t. What happens if I can’t complete the 54 hours within one year, as required by IL law?

The state can make exceptions. Reasonable exceptions include pregnancy or circumstances beyond the licensee’s control. The pandemic situation probably would be a qualifying exception, but licensees should make every effort to complete the educational requirements as soon as dry needling programs become available again. Licensees should also keep documentation to support the exception, such as a program cancellation notice from the CE provider.


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