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The House of Delegates is an APTA policy-making body comprised of voting chapter delegates, non-voting delegates (the Board of Directors and section, assembly, and PTA Caucus delegates), and consultants. During which time Delegates make decisions on issues that may have far- reaching implications for the association and for the profession of physical therapy. 

Report to: The Chief Delegate of the IPTA, District Chairs, and the membership of their District.  

Composition &Term: Representatives are elected by District (each having one elected by their District membership) and by the Chapter membership who elect at-large Representatives (the amount elected determined by the total IPTA membership). Additionally, the IPTA Board of Director’s President, President- Elect, and Chief Delegate serve as Representatives to the APTA House of Delegates. The PTA Director will represent PTA members at meetings and activities of the PTA caucus. Delegate’s terms of service are two years in length, with terms beginning January 1st and ending on December 31st of the following year. The At- Large Delegates will be elected by a Chapter- wide ballot to a two year term with half of the Delegates elected each year. District Delegates will be elected during District elections.

Alternate Delegates, if needed, shall be selected from the pool of candidates remaining in the number of votes received after the election of the District delegate.

Benefits: Your contribution will help to shape the development of policies and positions that direct the APTA’s mission, vision, goals, objectives, activities & budget.  You represent your District in providing action that will help shape your District, Chapter, and Association’s wants and needs. Assist in making changes to further shape the welfare of the PT profession.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Reports to the District prior to the House of Delegates (HOD) meeting to provide for District input on upcoming business of HOD and after the annual HOD to inform the District of actions taken.
  • Amend and repeal bylaws
  • Charge the APTA Board of Directors to carry out activities on behalf of the Chapter
  • Modify or reverse a decision of the APTA Board of Directors
  • Read all House of Delegates packets, motions, and reports.
  • Attend all District Delegate meetings and/or conference calls leading to House of Delegates
  • Caucus with other Delegates and members at the House of Delegates.
  • Attendance at the APTA House of Delegates Meeting.

Time Commitment:  The House meets annually for 3 successive days each spring, during which time delegates make decisions on issues that may have far-reaching implications for the association and for the profession of physical therapy. Delegates have deadlines they are responsible for meeting prior to the spring House of Delegates Meeting. All Delegates should make every effort to attend all meetings of the Delegation before, during and after the House. The Delegation will hold at least two face to face meetings before the House, and at least one time after the House.

Qualifications:  Only members of the Chapter who have been in good standing may be Delegates to the IPTA. In addition they must have been members of the Association as of September 1st of the year of the election. In order to be considered eligible to represent the IPTA at the House of Delegates, each Delegate or Alternate Delegate must attend at least one of the scheduled pre- House meetings. In order to be successful as delegates, procedural knowledge of Robert’s Rule of Order and parliamentary procedure is helpful.  Attending district events and building relationships with members in your district are key to representing your District’s needs and opinions of topics addressed at the HOD. It is important to be organized and able to meet deadlines.

Training and Support: The Chapter office provides annual volunteer orientation as well as ongoing administrative and clerical support. Delegates can access the House of Delegates community on the APTA website regularly and often, for posted materials and resources. Access to resource documents and information is available through and visiting the House of Delegates community page. In addition, you will have opportunities to participate in APTA’s various training opportunities that are relevant to your role.

Recourse: The IPTA places great value on the relationship between members, staff, and businesses working together to further our mission. The IPTA also recognizes that there may be occasions when conflicts arise. If such circumstance occurs, please consult with the IPTA President and Executive Director.

Evaluation: Your District Chair and the IPTA Chief Delegate will contact you before the completion of your term for feedback on your volunteer experience. This will be used to update this job description, develop appropriate materials, and effectively orient future IPTA volunteers.

If you are interested in being a candidate for election to this committee, please complete the online statement of interest or call the Chapter office at 630.904.0101.


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