Review a list of common terms and definitions used by the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact Commission to gain a better understanding of the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact.
- The Physical Therapy Compact Commission
The Physical Therapy Compact Commission ("Commission") is the administrative body overseeing the implementation of the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact (PTLC) in states that choose to participate. Each participating state has a representative on the Commission who must be either a current member of the state's physical therapy licensing board (PT, PTA, or public member), or the licensing board administrator. APTA and the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) are also each provided a nonvoting representative on the Commission's Executive Board. The Commission administers the compact through its adopted rules and bylaws and operates the system through which member states share information about their licensees and through which licensees may purchase compact privileges. Compact privileges are issued by the Commission to eligible PTs and PTAs in participating states who apply through ptcompact.org. The Commission also sets fees for compact privileges.
- Compact Privilege
A compact privilege is the authorization to work in a PTLC member state other than your home state. To qualify for a compact privilege, a PT or PTA is required to have a license in their home state and meet other eligibility criteria, such as having no disciplinary action against any license for at least 2 years. When eligibility is verified and all fees are paid, the licensee receives the compact privilege and may begin legally working in the other "remote" state.
- Home State
The Commission's rules (.pdf) define "home state" as "a person's true, fixed, and permanent home and is the place where the person intends to remain indefinitely, and to which the person expects to return if absent without intending to establish a new domicile elsewhere."
- Remote State
A remote state is a state that is participating in the PTLC, other than the PT or PTA's home state, and where the PT or PTA wants to obtain a compact privilege.