Licensure Renewal Information

By Dec. 31, 2020, all PT and PTA's must renew their Pennsylvania State License. The PA State Board of Physical Therapy is the body that regulates the license laws and regulations to ensure consumer protection. In accordance with our PA State practice act, the renewal process takes place online. If you have not updated your email with the State Board, it is possible the notice for renewal will not reach you. Please keep your information updated for the PA State Board of Physical Therapy using their web page. You will need 30 contact hours that are pre-approved by the PA State Board of Physical Therapy.

  • A contact hour is one hour of education.
  • This can be either webinar or in-person format.
  • Pre-approval means the PA State Board has approved the course prior to the licensee taking the course.
  • All APTA and PPTA courses are pre-approved by the PA State Board of Physical Therapy and would therefore count toward the total 30 contact hours.

Courses must be clinically related. Practice management courses are not included in the mandatory 30 hours of education.

  • CPR is not required unless you have direct access certification and may count up to 4 hours each renewal cycle.
  • Child Abuse (3 hours) is required of all licensees and must be an approved course by the PA State Board of Physical Therapy.
  • One free example is Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse: Mandated and Permissive Reporting in Pennsylvania from the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Ethics and/or jurisprudence (2 hours) is required and must be a pre-approved course by the PA State Board of Physical Therapy. The PPTA Ethics committee has an online Ethics Seminar available free to members.

If you hold a direct access certificate, you must have 10 hours in evaluation. This is 10 hours from the total 30 hours required.

It is the expectation from the PA State Board of Physical Therapy, that all licensees must maintain accurate and honest information for renewal of their license. Audits by the state are random and may require documentation of the above mentioned courses. It is advisable to maintain these certificates in a safe location.

Since the PA State Board of Physical Therapy has an excess in their budget, the renewal cycle fees have been waived. PPTA has not been informed of specifics related to this process, but the PA State Board of Physical Therapy has announced waived fees, but not waived requirements for licensure.

Please note: The licensure renewal information on this page pertains to the 2020 renewal year.