Continuing Competence Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Texas does not offer reciprocal credit with other state jurisdictions; however, many other states may accept Texas credit.
Please check with that state's licensing entity for more information.
on the section below to find a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) or
click on the specific question to view the answer.
Where can I find the approval
number for a course I’ve taken?
course approval number or accredited provider number should be listed on the
certificate of completion you receive after completing the course. Licensees should contact the sponsor to
receive this number if it is not included on the certificate. TPTA can verify whether a course is approved;
however, we cannot provide approval numbers since we do not have the ability to
Is it possible to get a
course approved quicker than the processing time listed on the website?
have the option to expedite a course application. Please refer to the individual course
application form for more information (available here).
Can I use a course towards my
license renewal if it was approved by another organization and not by the TPTA?
must be approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (TBPTE) via
the TPTA in order to be used towards a Texas licensee’s renewal CCU requirement. If a course is not approved, it may be
submitted by the licensee on the applicable individual course application form
Can I use someone else’s
individual approval number if we both took the same course?
TBPTE policies and rules, individual course approvals are non-transferrable and
can only be used by the individual applicant.
Multiple licensees attending the same course must all submit individual
course applications to receive approval if the course is not submitted by the
Can I get a course approved
if it was not submitted by the sponsor?
licensees can submit a course application to get a course approved. The applications are available here and more
information regarding the processing times is available on that page.
Where can I find out how many
CCUs I currently have?
the TBPTE, licensees are expected to maintain a list of their CCUs. The TPTA automatically provides a CC Tracker for members as a member benefit,
which is available under the Member Profile. The CC Tracker is also available for non-members to purchase access to.
What is the difference
between an accredited provider and a sponsor offering an approved course?
majority of courses offered in Texas are from providers who have requested a
course approval. These courses, which
always include ethics courses, have individual course approval numbers. Providers who meet TBPTE requirements may
optionally apply to become accredited providers. These providers may attach credit to any
PT-relevant, non-ethics course they solely offer. These courses will have the accredited
provider number listed as their “approval” number. A list of accredited providers is available
Where can I find a list of
list of accredited providers is available here.
Individual courses may also be offered by and approved for other
How do I calculate my
continuing competence credits (CCUs)?
CCU equals 1 contact hour. The change to
CCUs from CEUs (calculated as 10 CCUs equals 1 CEU) was implemented in July
What courses should I take if
I failed the NPTE and need to take approved CCUs?
does not recommend specific courses.
Questions regarding the number of required CCUs should be directed to
the TBPTE at (512) 305-6900.
Can I use non CE/CC course activities (like CI, etc.) towards my required CCUs?
Yes, click here to view the categories and activities.
Why does it take several weeks
to process an application?
are reviewed in the order they are received.
Certain sponsor course applications may qualify for optional expediting –
please refer to the sponsor course information for more information (available
Does a course have to be
approved before it is offered or can credit be given retroactively?
course can be submitted for review after it is offered; if approved, credit can
be given retroactively. Please note that
licensees can only use approved (not pending) courses towards their license
Will the fee be refunded if
the course is denied?
course application fee is an application fee, not an approval fee, and is
Can we add additional
speakers after the course is approved?
can add additional speakers after the course is approved by submitting a
supplemental speaker application for review and approval (available here).
Can we submit a series of
presentations on one application?
series that meet the requirements for an in-service program (provided in the
sponsor course application, available here) may be submitted on one application
with credit (if approved) given for each individual course. Course series that do not meet those
requirements can be submitted on one application as a series; however, if
approved, credit can only be given to licensees who complete all of the individual
components of the series (no partial credit can be granted per TBPTE
policy). Sponsors wishing to grant
credit for individual presentations for series that do not qualify as
in-service programs should submit individual course applications for each
What information must be on
the certificate of completion?
certificates of completion must include the following fields per the TBPTE
rules and policies:
- Sponsor name
- Course title
- Participant's name
- Participant's license number
- Course approval number
Contact hours & CCUs
- Date and location the course was held/will be
- Signature block of the person authorized to sign
What is the relationship
between the Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) and the Texas Board of
Physical Therapy Examiners (TBPTE)?
Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (TBPTE) is the Texas regulatory
agency who is responsible for licensing and regulating physical therapists and
physical therapist assistants. The Texas
Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) is a membership organization for physical
therapists, physical therapist assistants, and PT/PTA students and is a state
chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). The TPTA administers the Continuing
Competence Approval Program (CCAP) on behalf of the TBPTE. Via CCAP, the TPTA approves all continuing
competence courses and accredited providers on behalf of the TBPTE. The TPTA routinely reports to the TBPTE and
implements the CC rules and policies set by the TBPTE.