ABPTRFE: Credentialing Services Committee

  • The deadline to submit an application for the Credentialing Services Committee has passed. Appointments to the Committee by the Credentialing Services Council will occur on February 3, 2014. Notification regarding appointments will be sent by February 28, 2014.

    Note: If appointed, you MUST be available for training at APTA Headquarters in Alexandria, VA, in October 2014. Scheduling of this meeting will occur following appointments being made. All travel expenses will be paid by APTA for this meeting.

    Members and Terms

    The credentialing services council shall appoint individuals who are not currently members of the council to the credentialing services committee. Committee members are selected for a term of at least two years. Committee members will be evaluated annually regarding their performance.

    Applicant Qualifications

    Individuals are being recommended for these categories:

    • Licensed physical therapist.
    • Current membership in APTA.
    • Graduate of an APTA credentialed residency or fellowship program and/or recognized expertise in an ABPTRFE approved area of practice/concentration. Expertise in physical therapy education and/or clinical residency or fellowship education.
    • Agree to complete training, agree to be available for at least three application reviews and site visits per year, and agree to stay current in residency/fellowship application evaluation procedures.

    Committee Member Tasks

    • Serve as a primary reviewer in area of content expertise
    • Serve as a primary reviewer or site visit team leader
    • Provide consultation to the Credentialing Services Council

    Appointment Process

    The following timeline will be used as a guide for the appointment of new Committee members:

    • November: A call for applications
    • February: Credentialing services council makes appointments
    • March: Initial contact with new committee member to congratulate him/her on appointment. Appointed members will be required to sign service commitment, pledge of confidentiality, and pledge to uphold patient confidentiality during program credentialing, including when conducting site visits
    • July: New committee members will be instructed to begin the online orientation process


    Members of the credentialing services committee will be oriented via APTA staff with the assistance of the credentialing services council. The process for orientation of new committee members is as follows:

    1. New committee members will be instructed to take the mandatory online committee training following their appointment. This training must be completed prior to the onsite training held at APTA headquarters
    2. The onsite training will focus on conducting application reviews and review of site visit policies and procedures
    3. Following the onsite training, the newly appointed committee member will be assigned their first credentialing application as a 3rd member on the review team. The newly appointed committee member will actively participate in the application review process. They then will attend the program's site visit for observational learning
    4. The committee member will serve as content expert on their second application assignment
    5. On the 4th application assignment, the committee member will still be assigned as content expert for the application review, however they will take the lead role for the site visit. The experienced lead committee member will provide guidance and constructive feedback to the new committee member. Following the site visit, with input on performance from the current lead committee member, the new committee member will be promoted to lead reviewer

    All committee members will receive additional training and updates on substantive changes made by ABPTRFE related to the credentialing process annually via online refresher training for the duration of their appointment.

    ABPTRFE will meet February 2, 2014, to make appointments to this work group. For additional questions, please contact the APTA Manager, Residency/Fellowship, at kendraharrington@apta.org.

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