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APTA's Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program connects clinical instructors with the skills and information they need to provide students with the highest quality of clinical education. As more and more students continue to choose the physical therapy profession, the importance of effective and available clinical education grows accordingly. Each year more than 2,500 clinical instructors participate in credentialing courses across the country and are awarded the clinical instructor credential.

CCIP Level 1 and Level 2 Trainer Courses occur on a rotating basis every two to three years and involve three full days (Level 1) or two full days (Level 2) of training and interaction.

Credentialed Clinical Trainer Benefits

The benefits to participants, their employers, and the profession by becoming a CI trainer include:

  • Support for career enhancement in areas such as promotion, tenure, educational advancement, and career ladder advancement.
  • National recognition as both a credentialed clinical trainer and credentialed CI.
  • Access to the credentialed trainer online community.
  • Network with other credentialed clinical trainers through an annual credentialed clinical trainer forum and update at Combined Sections Meeting. 
  • Opportunities, if desired, to receive an honorarium for services (in addition to travel, hotel, and food expenses, if applicable), of a maximum of $1,200 per course. If there are multiple trainers teaching the program, the trainers will determine how the honorarium will be divided. Honorarium provides sufficient funds for the credentialed trainer to annually maintain APTA national, chapter, and Education Section dues to maintain status as a credentialed clinical trainer.

Become a CCIP Level 1 Trainer
Course content focuses on adult and active experiential learning approaches. Participants are presumed to have a command of didactic content related to clinical teaching, supervision, and evaluation upon entering this course. Review CCIP Level 1 course content and outcomes. 

Become a CCIP Level 2 Trainer
CCIP Level 2 course content focuses on adult and active experiential learning approaches. Participants are presumed to have a command of didactic content related to clinical teaching, supervision, and evaluation upon entering this course. 

Final decisions regarding the awarding of the clinical trainer credential are made by the Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program Work Group. The decision is based on successfully meeting established criteria as reflected by faculty evaluations, ability of candidates to accurately self-assess, and attainment of performance criteria.

Once the decision has been made to award the clinical trainer credential, participants are expected and entitled to independently provide CCIP courses for academic programs, consortia, clinical sites, or other sponsors on request.

If you have questions or require assistance with this information, please contact ccip@apta.org.