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Continued Competency

The Kentucky Board of Physical Therapy has an agreement with the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association (KPTA) to review and approve continued competency for our credential holders.   Visit KPTA’s website to find approved courses, guidelines for Category 1 courses, and applications for course approval.  
 
Continued competency is required for renewal and reinstatement of licenses/certificates.  All active licenses/certificates expire on March 31 of every uneven year. Continued competency credits for the current biennium must be earned from April 1, 2015 through March 31, 2017. Review the following regulation for specifics on continued competency requirements and procedures, 201 KAR 22:045.
 
Don’t Delay in Seeking Continued Competency Activity Approval
 
According to 201 KAR 22:045, physical therapists must  complete 30 hours of continued competency activities (20 hours for physical therapist assistants) prior to renewing their credential.  Many of those activities, particularly continuing education courses, require application for review and approval by the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association’s Professional Continued Competency Committee.  The review process typically takes 4 - 6 weeks to complete.
 
Accordingly, the Kentucky Board of Physical Therapy strongly urges all credential holders to take the following actions:
 
1. Review 201 KAR 22:045 to determine if any of your continuing education activities require review.
 
2. If your activities require review, please use the course attendee form found on the KPTA website and submit your form and required documentation to KPTA.
 
3. Click here for frequently asked questions regarding the continued competency review process.
Should you have questions regarding course approval, contact KPTA at (859) 485-2812 or email kptaky@gmail.com
 
Print the Continued Competency Tracking Form to track credits earned from 4/1/2015 through 3/31/2017.
  
The Jurisprudence Exam must be completed by March 31 of every renewal cycle (within the 2 year licensure period (biennium), and will count 2 contact hours towards the total continued competency requirement.
 
Requesting Hardship and Non-Hardship Extensions for
Continued Competency Requirements
 
If you will be unable to meet your continued competency requirements for the 2015-2017 biennium prior to March 31, 2017, you may request an extension. For information regarding the types of extensions available, deadlines for filing, and how to qualify, click here.
 
 
NEW FOR 2017 --- Continuing Competency Audit Procedure
 
Each biennium, immediately following the completion of the renewal cycle, the Kentucky Board of Physical Therapy randomly audits a minimum of five (5) percent of all actively licensed physical therapists and all actively certified physical therapist assistants. To learn about this procedure and what to expect if you are chosen for audit, click here.
 
 
Additional Resources
 
 
Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy – aPTitude:   aPTitude is a free service that allows licensees to research options for meeting their continuing competency needs and to record the courses and activities they have completed.