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Idaho PT Continuing Education

How many continuing education hours are required during a reporting period?

Physical Therapists: PTs licensed in Idaho are required to complete sixteen (16) hours of continuing education every year.

New Licensees: N/A

Physical Therapy Assistants: PTAs licensed in Idaho are required to complete sixteen (16) hours of continuing education every year.

Can CE credits be carried over into the next reporting period?

Continuing education hours accumulated during the twelve (12) months immediately preceding the license expiration date may be applied toward meeting the continuing education requirement for the next license renewal. Hours in excess of the required hours may be carried forward. Excess hours may be used only during the next renewal period and may not be carried forward more than one (1) time.

Are there any specific courses that must be taken?


What types of activities can be used for the continuing education requirements?

Presenting professional programs which meet the criteria listed in these rules. Two (2) hours of credit will be awarded for each hour of presentation by the licensee. A course schedule or brochure must be maintained for audit.

Providing official transcripts indicating successful completion of academic courses which apply to the field of physical therapy in order to receive the following continuing education credits:

    • One (1) academic semester hour = fifteen (15) continuing education hours of credit;
    • One (1) academic trimester hour = twelve (12) continuing education hours of credit;
    • One (1) academic quarter hour = ten (10) continuing education hours of credit.

Attending workshops, conferences, symposiums or electronically transmitted, live interactive conferences which relate directly to the professional competency of the licensee.

Authoring research or other activities that are published in a recognized professional publication. The licensee will receive five (5) hours of credit per page.

Viewing videotaped presentations if the following criteria are met:

    • There is a sponsoring group or agency;
    • There is a facilitator or program official present;
    • The program official may not be the only attendee; and
    • The program meets all the criteria specified in these rules.

Participating in home study courses that have a certificate of completion.

Participating in courses that have business-related topics: marketing, time management, government regulations, and other like topics.

Participating in courses that have personal skills topics: career burnout, communication skills, human relations, and other like topics.

Participating in courses that have general health topics: clinical research, CPR, child abuse reporting, and other like topics.

Supervision of a physical therapist student or physical therapist assistant student in an accredited college program. The licensee will receive four (4) hours of credit per year.

Completion and awarding of Board Certification or recertification by American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists (ABPTS). The licensee will receive sixteen (16) hours for the year the certification or recertification was received.

Are there limitations on the types of courses that can be taken?


What type of courses or activities are not allowed?


What type of approval is needed for the courses?

Courses of study relevant to physical therapy and sponsored or provided by the following entities or organizations are approved for continuing education credits:

    • The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) or any of its sections or local chapters; or
    • The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT); or
    • Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE); or
    • National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA); or
    • A College or University which is accredited or a candidate for accreditation by the Northwest Association of Secondary and Higher Schools or any similar accrediting body; or
    • Otherwise approved by the Board.

What are the reporting requirements?

The applicant must provide documentation verifying attendance by securing authorized signatures or other documentation from the course instructors, providers, or sponsoring institution substantiating any hours attended by the licensee. This documentation must be maintained by the licensee and provided to the board upon request by the board or its agent.

How long must continuing education records be retained?



The board has authority to make exceptions for reasons of individual hardship, including health (certified by a medical doctor) or other good cause. The licensee must provide any information requested by the board to assist in substantiating hardship cases. This exemption is granted at the sole discretion of the board.


The board may conduct random continuing education audits of those persons required to obtain continuing education in order to renew a license and require that proof acceptable to the board of meeting the continuing education requirement be submitted to the Division. Failure to provide proof of meeting the continuing education upon request of the board are grounds for disciplinary action.


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