Monday, December 16, 2013 APTA Board: 'Accreditation' to Replace 'Credentialing' for ABPTRFE The American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) will soon use the more appropriate term "accreditation" to describe a process it currently calls "credentialing." The terminology change, approved by the APTA Board of Directors at its December meeting, will not go into effect until after the 2014 session of the House of Delegates. The proposed change arose as part of an ABPTRFE effort to refine its policies and standards to ensure alignment with industry standards, and to position the organization for recognition by outside entities such as the US Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. In its report to the Board of Directors, ABPTRFE stated that "credentialing" is widely regarded as a recognition associated with individuals, and "accreditation" is the term more appropriate for recognition of programs. The Board approved the new terminology with a proviso that the change would not go into effect until after the House meets in June. To see the full discussion on this and other topics from the December Board of Directors meeting, watch the archived livestream of all open sessions.