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The Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (CCIP) is a voluntary program designed primarily for people interested in or involved with clinical education, such as clinical instructors, site coordinators of clinical education, and directors of clinical education. It is recognized by APTA as a Clinical Instructor Education and Credentialing Program.

Other health care providers who offer clinical education in a supervisory role to students, including physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), and health care providers from other professions can use this program to enhance their clinical instruction education.

E-manual for Level 1 Course

As the CCIP continues to move forward with the APTA Go Green Initiative, we are making the announcement that as of August 15, 2021 we will transition over to an e-manual for the Level 1 course. The e-manuals will allow trainers to no longer need to order manuals or be responsible for handing them out to participants and will also allow for courses to accept registrations later.

The e-manuals are in a writeable .PDF format, with plenty of spaces added where participants can add notes in each Section. Hard copy manuals will still be made available, for an additional $50 fee above the current course cost.

Virtual Level 1 CCIP

The Level 1 CCIP is now available in synchronous virtual format. Click here for more information.

Find a CCIP Level 1 Course

Learn about the CCIP Level 2 course

Course Objectives

  • Plan and prepare for physical therapy students during their clinical education experience.
  • Support continuing education through questioning and effective feedback.
  • Acquire performance evaluation skills.
  • Identify and manage students with exceptional situations.
  • Recognize legal implications for clinical educators, including issues presented by ADA legislation.

Requirements for Taking the Level 1 Course

  • Complete an online registration for the course.
  • Upload a copy of or provide a link to current PT or PTA license (if applicable).
  • Approval of registration, after review, by the course trainer.
  • Course registration fee ($100/member, $200/nonmember).*

* Included as part of APTA's course registration fee are the Level 1 manual, Assessment Center, CI credential  (PTs and PTAs only) and CEU certificate(s), CI credential pin, and registry in an APTA database. Additional fees by the sponsoring organization may apply to cover course related expenses. For more information, contact

Taking the Assessment (for PTs and PTAs)

The Assessment Center provides an opportunity to apply information from the program in various simulated situations/stations. Successful completion of all stations in the Assessment Center results in the awarding of APTA CI credentialing. Each participant must attend all sessions of the course and Assessment Center in its entirety to be eligible for credentialing.

PT and PTA participants have the ability to earn 1.6 CEUs and the APTA CCIP Level 1 credential. Clinicians from other health care professions who complete the CCIP Level 1 course are eligible to receive 1.2 CEUs, but are not awarded the Level 1 CI credential.

Note: Licensees should verify acceptance of CEUs with their state licensing board by reviewing the relevant state practice act and/or administrative code.

Experienced clinical instructors have the option to take the assessment for Level 1 without sitting through the course.

CCIP Level 1 Course Schedule

Contact the course registration person directly for information, including any possible additional course fees, and registration deadlines.

This schedule is regularly updated to include new course opportunities. Check back frequently to find upcoming courses in your area.

Learn how you can sponsor a course at your facility.

Upcoming Courses

NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, all Level 1 courses are being held in a synchronous virtual format until further notice, and are not recorded.

September 18-19, 2021
University of Alabama at Birmingham

(Registration Deadline: August 27, 2021)

September 24-25, 2021
Clarkson College, Omaha, NE
(Registration Deadline: September 3, 2021)
*Note: This course will be held in person.

October 16-17, 2021
Florida Gulf Coast University, Ft. Myers, FL
(Registration Deadline: September 25, 2021)
*Note: This course will be held in person.

November 20-21, 2021
Tennessee State University,
Nashville, TN
(Registration Deadline: October 29, 2021)
*Note: This course will be held in person.

View additional course information and register.


Earn CEUs While Updating Your Clinical Expertise

The CCIP offers a series of online booster modules intended for CIs who have already completed the Level 1 course. The modules do not replace Level 1 training, but rather address many areas in the Level 1 course and help boost an individual's knowledge and skills