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Per section 12-41-114.6, C.R.S., all active physical therapists shall maintain and demonstrate continuing professional competency in order to renew, reinstate, or reactivate a license to practice physical therapy in the state of Colorado. Physical therapist assistants are not required to participate in continuing professional competency. The continuing professional competency requirements begin after the 2014 renewal cycle ends.
The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program was created to help licensees assess their professional work, identify areas of growth and stay current with the profession. A detailed explanation of continuing professional competency can be accessed in the Continuing Professional Development Manual found in the "Resources” section of this page. Licensees can meet the continuing competency requirements by one of the following three methods:
1. Participation in the CPD program;
2. Qualifying for Deem Status; or
3. Receiving a military exemption.
In addition to the program manual, visit the FAQ section below for information about these three methods of compliance.
ATTENDANCE AT OUTREACH EVENTS IS OPTIONAL
Outreach events are intended to inform physical therapists about the Continuing Professional Development Program. Attendance at outreach events is optional, but recommended in order to be better educated on the program's requirements. All CPD requirements can also be found in the Slide Guide to the PT CPD Program, listed below, and in the Continuing Professional Development Program Manual, listed in the "Resources" section of this web page.
August 20, 2014 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm - There is no fee to participate in this event. Although, this is an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) sponsored event, attendees do not need to be APTA members.
Rezac & Associates Physical Therapy
855 Citadel Drive East
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Click here to register for this event.
September 11, 2014 at 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm - This is an open event and anyone is welcome to attend.
Click this link to register for the event: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/493417769
September 13, 2014 at 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm - All licensed PT, APTA & non-APTA members are welcome to attend this lunch session. Contact SOAR Physical Therapy to RSVP for the lunch session by calling (970) 263-4079.
SOAR Physical Therapy
2497 Power Rd. #10
Grand Junction, CO 81507
September 15, 2014 at 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm - Registration for this event is now full.
Denver Health Medical Center
790 Delaware Street
Denver, CO 80204
October 29, 2014 at 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm - CLICK HERE to reserve a spot!
Children's Hospital Colorado
Mount Oxford Auditorium
2nd Floor Conference Center
13123 E 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045
Additional outreach events are being scheduled. Check back often for updates.
To view the Continuing Professional Development Program's presentation for Physical Therapists click SLIDE GUIDE.
Click on the title of each document to view it.
|Continuing Professional Development Overview||This document provides guidance on meeting the requirements of the CPD program. Answers to commonly asked questions can be found in this manual.|
|Continuing Professional Development Program Manual||This document provides guidance on meeting the requirements of the CPD program.|
|Reflective Self Assessment Tool (RSAT) and Goals||This form is used by the licensee to determine learning opportunities for professional development.|
|Learning Plan and RSAT Attestation Form||This form serves as documentation of learning goals, learning plans, and the completion of learning plans. This document will be sent to the Board upon audit, otherwise, it is to be retained by the licensee.|
|Professional Development Activities (PDA) List||The list of PDA can be used as a guide to determine learning opportunities for meeting learning goals.|
|Physical Therapy Board Standards for Continuing Education Activities||The standards for determining physical therapy Category I continuing education activities are reflected in this document.|
|Scenarios on Competency||Examples of scenarios, Learning Goals, and Learning Plans are provided in this document.|
|FAQ's||This document presents frequently asked questions and provides answers to them.|
Each 2 year renewal period (e.g., November 1, 2014 through October 31, 2016):
1. Complete the Reflective Self-Assessment Tool (RSAT) and create Learning Goals;
2. Create a Learning Plan according to the RSAT, or, the Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (AKS);
3. Accrue 30 points of Professional Development Activities (PDA), 15 points must be Category I activities as listed in the Professional Development Activities (PDA) List; and
Every 10 years:
4. Complete an Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (AKS)
Click on the titles of the documents listed under "Resources" above to access the manual containing detailed instructions on meeting CPD requirements, and to access forms including the RSAT, Learning Plan, and Professional Development Activities (PDA) List.
A licensee who satisfies the continuing professional competency requirements of a Colorado state agency or department pursuant to section 12-41-114.6(1)(c), C.R.S., shall meet the following criteria:
1. In order to renew a license, a licensee shall attest to his/her Deemed Status;
2. The state agency’s program of continuing professional competency must be substantially equivalent to the CPD program administered by the Board and must include, at a minimum, every two years the following components:
3. Licensees shall submit appropriate evidence of participation in a qualifying program if selected for an audit.
Pursuant to section 12-70-102, C.R.S., licensees who have been called to federally funded active duty for more than 120 days for the purpose of serving in a war, emergency or contingency may request an exemption from the continuing professional competency requirements for the renewal, reinstatement, or reactivation of his/her license for the 2-year renewal period that falls within the period of service or within six months following the completion of service.
1. Military exemptions must be approved by the Division of Professions and Occupations. Licensees seeking a military exemption shall submit a request in writing with evidence that the licensee’s military service meets the criteria established in section 12-70-102, C.R.S.
2. After being granted a military exemption, in order to complete the renewal process, a licensee shall attest to his/her military exemption.
Professional Development Activities are learning activities undertaken to increase the licensee’s knowledge and skill or hone existing knowledge and skill for the purpose of continuing professional development.
An Assessment of Knowledge and Skills is an objective third-party assessment that compares a licensee’s knowledge, skills, and abilities to the standards for entry-level practice.
A Reflective Self-Assessment Tool is a reflective practice tool in which a licensee can reflect upon his/her knowledge and skills pertaining to the foundational areas of physical therapy practice taking into account the licensee’s current level and area of practice.