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Frequently Asked Questions about Continuing Education
PLEASE NOTE: If you are a person who TOOK a course that needs approval, you're referred to as an "Individual," and if you're the company GIVING a course that needs approval, you're referred to as the "Provider."
If you are a provider seeking answers, please visit the Provider Step-by-Step guide.
You can search for approved courses in Florida on CE Broker or contact the organization that provided the course to verify that they submitted it for approval. The FPTA also provides a lists of courses that have been approved through the FPTA which you can view by clicking here.
NOTE: CE Broker may not list all approved courses as the course providers may choose to list only their upcoming approved courses.
The entire approval process can take 4-6 weeks; however, it could take up to 8 weeks the closer it gets to the licensure renewal deadline. Therefore, it is highly recommended that licensees DO NOT wait until the end of the licensing period to apply for approval.
Keep in touch with the course provider to find out when and if the course has been approved. The course provider is notified immediately once the approval process is complete. Please note it can take 4-6 weeks for a Provider to receive final approval status from the time they submit a course to the FPTA. Therefore, it can be helpful to ask the provider what date they submitted the course to the FPTA.
The following course format descriptions are outlined below:
lecture, conference, interactive classroom, or real time interactive
distance such as web course or webinar that was given in real time,
date specific and able to interact with instructor in real time.
Once you receive your approval letter, it can take approximately 1-2 weeks to view your credit on the CE Broker website. All correspondence regarding your application, including your approval letter, will be sent electronically to the email address you provided on the application form. Be sure to check your spam folder if you haven't heard anything after the standard wait time of 4-6 weeks.
If a course was approved in another state by another chapter of the APTA (example – Tennessee Physical Therapy Association) then it will automatically be considered approved in FL. You can self-report the credits to your CE Broker account and do not need to seek individual approval.
However, this rule does not apply to other State Boards or regulatory bodies. Courses approved by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy do not qualify.
The course approval must have occurred within the calendar year in which you took the course. You may have to file for individual approval if the course provider did not submit for approval in the year you took the course
All correspondence regarding your application will be sent
electronically to the email address you provide on the application form.
Processing fees are non-refundable, however if you submitted a course late ($100.00 application fee) and that course is not approved, the fee less $50.00 is refundable.
Submitting for Individuals
Yes! Effective January 2020, the FPTA now offers the option to submit an application for Individual Approval online. Click here to access the electronic form and please read the instructions carefully.
You can find the application under the Continuing Education tab, or by clicking here.
The FPTA updates the Individual Application on a yearly basis
regarding contact information and changes related to the Florida Board
of Physical Therapy. Please visit our website to get the most up to date
PDF form if you choose this method.
Attachments are required to submit for course approval. If you were not given a brochure and/or it was given in a digital format, it is up to the individual seeking approval to gather the required information from the course provider and submit it along with your application.
If you’re unsure about your attachments meeting the requirements, include them anyway and we will contact you if we need more information. If all you have are links, you may extract the information that's required and create a Word Document. DO NOT include links to websites in the Word document or in the body of an email. The FPTA does not open links. Attachments must be separate documents, DO NOT embed them into the body of an email.
No, if you are unable to send a PDF application and the required documentation as attachments, please use another submission method (electronic, mail, or fax). Photographs of the Individual Approval application will not be accepted and will only delay your submission.
$30.00 for courses worth 1-9 hours of continuing education and if submitted prior to the course dates or within sixty (60) days after attendance of the course. This fee is non-refundable whether or not the course is approved.
$50.00 for courses worth 10 or more hours of continuing education and if submitted prior to the course dates or within sixty (60) days after attendance of the course. This fee is non-refundable whether or not the course is approved.
$100.00 If submitted later than sixty (60) days after attendance of the course. If the course is not approved, the fee less $50.00 is refundable.
Yes, you can submit an application for approval prior to taking a course, however, the FPTA will not post your credit in CE Broker until we receive the Certificate of Completion. Therefore, you must email, fax or mail the certificate back to the FPTA office upon completion of the course so that we can post your credit to CE Broker. FPTA address and fax number can be found on the current Individual application form.
No. If you choose to use the electronic form than you must pay online when prompted. If you prefer to pay by check or money order than you must use this form and follow the submission instructions.
Once you complete the online form and hit 'Submit,' you will be re-directed to the FPTA store to pay the application fee. Once paid, you will receive an email copy of the receipt which will serve as confirmation that your application is complete. If you only hit submit and do not pay the fee, your application is not complete.
If you pay the fee but do not see your electronic receipt for the application fee (i.e. entered the wrong email address/typo) please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of your receipt/confirmation.
Yes, the electronic form has made 3 of the 4 attachment fields required, however, if your documents are all together as one file, you may upload the same document more than once to satisfy each requirement.
You can apply for a FPTA approval number via the Individual application and we will post your credit in CE Broker, otherwise you will need to post your credit yourself. Only courses that fall under CE Rule 64B17.0 6 (a)-(f) are qualified for Florida continuing education credit.
It depends. If the course was approved by the FPTA through an individual application your credit will be posted for you upon receipt of your certificate of attendance. If your course was approved by the FPTA for a course provider, the course provider should post your credit in CEBroker for you. However, if your course is considered approved according to Rule 64B17-9 but not via FPTA approval you will need to post your own credit.
You can set up a basic account in CE Broker at no charge. You will be required to use CE Broker for your renewal.
While there is no charge for a basic account, you may want to consider purchasing a Professional or Concierge account to make your CE tracking smooth and easy. FPTA members receive a $5 discount off the Professional account.
You can check the list of CAPTA accredited programs on the CAPTE website.
Medical Errors, HIV and Human Trafficking
Per rule 64B17-8.002, medical errors courses approved by the FPTA or approved by any Board within the Division of Medical Quality Assurance of the Department of Health pursuant to Section 456.003, F.S., are approved for Florida continuing education credit.
Per rule 64B17-8.002, HIV courses approved by the FPTA or approved by any Board within the Division of Medical Quality Assurance of the Department of Health pursuant to Section 456.003, F.S., are approved for Florida continuing education credit.
Maybe, but not hour for hour. Rule 64B17-9 (6)(a) states one (1) credit hour equals one (1) contact hour.
According to Rule 64B17-9 section 6, for every 160 hours of clinical internship the clinical instructor shall receive 1 contact hour. Clinical instructors must be credentialed by the APTA to receive clinical continuing education credit.
Use the following information to determine the correct number of hours you are requesting:
• CEH stands for Continuing Education Hours: One CEH = 50 minutes
PT for Pain
PT for Pain is a project of the Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA), dedicated to improving the health, wellness and quality of life of people in Florida by advancing the practice of physical therapy.